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August 31, 2023 | John Doe

San Francisco Chronicle: Wine power player buys major vineyard in Napa's most illustrious region

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San Francisco Chronicle: Wine power player buys major vineyard in Napa's most illustrious region
Jess Lander, August 23, 2023

“Wise, who currently produces the Brion wines and hosts visitors inside a refurbished barn on the Sleeping Lady vineyard, plans to build a winery and hospitality space at the new property.”

“We have to learn those vines and those roots and figure out what we need to do to take them to another level, to push the farming to the extreme,” he said. “It’s a long game, for sure.”

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Time Posted: Aug 31, 2023 at 2:11 PM Permalink to San Francisco Chronicle: Wine power player buys major vineyard in Napa's most illustrious region Permalink
John Doe
 
August 15, 2023 | John Doe

Robb Report: 9 Outstanding Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignons to Buy Right Now

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Robb Report: 9 Outstanding Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignons to Buy Right Now
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, August 4, 2023

“Brion Wise is the name behind BRION and together with winemakers Julien Fayard, Mark Herold, and Massimo Monticelli this amazing team makes stunning wines in both Napa Valley and the Moon Mountain District of Sonoma Valley.

This 2019 Sonoma Cab is garnet ruby colored....The tannins are velvety soft and and flavors of black currant, black plum, and red raspberry intermingle seamlessly. There’s a pleasant splash of bright acidity in the back of the palate before the long, long finish.”

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Time Posted: Aug 15, 2023 at 2:56 PM Permalink to Robb Report: 9 Outstanding Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignons to Buy Right Now Permalink
John Doe
 
May 25, 2023 | John Doe

San Francisco Chronicle: Famed Cabernet winemaker just sold his second Napa winery—but this time it’s different

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San Francisco Chronicle: Famed Cabernet winemaker just sold his second Napa winery — but this time it’s different
Jess Lander, May 16, 2023

“Brion Wise, proprietor of BRION and B. Wise Vineyards, today announces the acquisition of Mark Herold Wines. Founded by Mark Herold, one of California’s most respected winemakers and consultants, his namesake project now joins an established, critically acclaimed portfolio that includes B. Wise Vineyards and BRION – two Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries for which Herold has already been consulting for 13 years.”

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Time Posted: May 25, 2023 at 2:20 PM Permalink to San Francisco Chronicle: Famed Cabernet winemaker just sold his second Napa winery—but this time it’s different Permalink
John Doe
 
January 12, 2023 | John Doe

MarketWatch: The food trends that will define 2023

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MarketWatch: The food trends that will define 2023
Charles Passy, January 2023

Cabernet Franc is the New Cabernet Sauvignon

“More U.S. winemakers seem to be touting Cabernet Franc (or  ‘Cab Franc,’ as it’s simply known), celebrating the varietal for what the Wine Folly website calls its ‘savory, bell pepper-like flavors, medium-high acidity and mouthwatering taste.’ BRION, a prestigious California producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, recently rolled its inaugural Cab Franc. Detert Family Vineyards, another well-regarded California label, is also gaining a reputation for its take on the varietal.”

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Time Posted: Jan 12, 2023 at 2:17 PM Permalink to MarketWatch: The food trends that will define 2023 Permalink
John Doe
 
June 30, 2022 | John Doe

San Francisco Chronicle: Napa is home to one of the most talented wine barrel builders in the world. He only works for 2 wineries.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Napa is home to one of the most talented wine barrel builders in the world. He only works for 2 wineries.
Jess Lander, June 2022


“…Caldwell and Brion sought out Herrera and his highly specialized skills a decade ago. He was one of the few barrel makers working in the U.S. to have completed a rigorous master cooper program in France....The most serious master coopers go to France to train in the centuries-old tradition, forgoing modern machinery and building barrels by hand. The few who graduate are among the most highly regarded in their craft.”

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Time Posted: Jun 30, 2022 at 2:04 PM Permalink to San Francisco Chronicle: Napa is home to one of the most talented wine barrel builders in the world. He only works for 2 wineries. Permalink
John Doe
 
June 16, 2022 | John Doe

Wine Enthusiast: Volcanic Hillsides and Historic Vineyards: Meet Napa’s Mayacamas Region

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Wine Enthusiast: Volcanic Hillsides and Historic Vineyards: Meet Napa’s Mayacamas Region
Virginie Boone, June 2022


“…Julien Fayard makes the BRION and Julien Fayard Sleeping Lady Cabernets. “The vineyard gets a lot of morning light and morning cooling,” he says. “Sleeping Lady is closer to the mountain and closer to the Bay, slightly sloped to the east and not prone to sunburn or heat damage. The grapes get a little longer hangtime, the tannins are more complete. There’s a lot of minerality and complex density.”

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Time Posted: Jun 16, 2022 at 5:01 PM Permalink to Wine Enthusiast: Volcanic Hillsides and Historic Vineyards: Meet Napa’s Mayacamas Region Permalink
John Doe
 
June 7, 2022 | John Doe

Latitude 33 Magazine: Fabled Vines

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Latitude 33 Magazine: Fabled Vines
Justine Amodeo, Spring/Summer 2022


“…The series of rooms and alcoves devoted to hospitality culminate in a spacious salon where the Wises share their wines with selected guests. Ronda’s signature touch is evident throughout—a warmly eclectic environment that mixes vintage furniture with Wild West Remington bronzes and art posters from 1920s Paris in subtly themed rooms that are filled with curiosities.”

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John Doe
 
February 28, 2022 | John Doe

Departures Magazine: The Best Red Wines to Drink This Year

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Departures Magazine: The Best Red Wines to Drink This Year
Jonah Flicker, January 2021

2016 BRION Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
“…This single vineyard 100% cabernet sauvignon from BRION comes from Napa’s Oakville Ranch vineyard. A long finish is preceded by big, ripe berries, mingled chocolate and vanilla, and bright flashes of citrus. This winery is a relatively new endeavor making bold moves early on.”

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Time Posted: Feb 28, 2022 at 8:59 AM Permalink to Departures Magazine: The Best Red Wines to Drink This Year Permalink
John Doe
 
September 5, 2021 | John Doe

Forbes: BRION’s Single-Vineyard Terroir-Driven Cabs Worthy Of Cult Status

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Forbes Magazine: BRION’s Single-Vineyard Terroir-Driven Cabs Worthy Of Cult Status
Kim Westerman, August 2021

“…At a recent lunch with Fayard, the talented winemaker waxed poetic about minimal intervention and really listening to the grapes and following them where they lead. It’s clear that [Brion] Wise places a great deal of trust in Fayard and the other team members to execute his vision. And these luminous wines express that vision with equal parts grace and confidence.”

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John Doe
 
September 3, 2021 | John Doe

BRION 2021 Summer Dinner Series

BRION 2021 Summer Dinner Series
Saturday, September 18, 2021: Chef Michael Chiarello & Winemaker Julien Fayard

Winemaker Julien Fayard (left); Chef Michael Chiarello (right)
Winemaker Julien Fayard (left); Chef Michael Chiarello (right)

Hosted by Vintners Brion and Ronda Wise, along with Winemaker Julien Fayard, this multi-course dinner will be prepared and presented by Chef Michael Chiarello, Executive Chef and Owner of Coqueta as well as Bottega Napa Valley. Chef Chiarello is one of America’s noteworthy restaurateurs, with appearances on The Next Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters, among other televised culinary shows. Chef Chiarello’s menu will be inspired by one of Napa Valley’s renowned Italian restaurants, Bottega Napa Valley, with meticulously sourced seasonal ingredients that pair with the elegant BRION wines crafted by Julien Fayard from the Sleeping Lady Vineyard.

“I’ve always believed that wine is best enjoyed in good company and with good food. That is why we created this Summer Dinner Series. My wife Ronda and I are excited to have the opportunity to sit with guests and enjoy a bottle together with great cuisine. These dinners are designed to enhance attendees love for terroir-driven wines. It is important to us that we create a true sense of spirit and place at BRION and we are starting with this dinner series and these incredible chefs.” —Brion Wise

To make reservations, contact us: 707.339.7686 or inquire@brionwines.com

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