Bright. Talented. Experienced. Passionate. Leaders. Oh, they’re also young and women. Two couples will get an insider’s experience with each of the ladies featured in the March 2018 Food & Wine article “Meet the Next Generation of California Vintners.” Already deeply involved in the day-to-day and long-term management, these women are leading their family wineries into the future.
Your charming hosts, Shannon Staglin & Artie Johnson, would like to introduce you to their friends and colleagues during a Northern California Wine Country getaway. First stop, San Francisco. After settling into your luxurious accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, you’ll enjoy an outstanding tasting menu dinner with Shannon and Artie at the Michelin Three-starred restaurant, Saison.
The next morning the group will embark on an adventure to the extreme Sonoma Coast where the dynamic Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards will welcome everyone with a tour of her mountain vineyards overlooking the forest and the Pacific Ocean. That afternoon, Jasmine will host an al fresco lunch featuring her highly sought-after estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs. After your beautiful day at Hirsch Vineyards, Shannon & Artie will lead your group to their family estate in Rutherford where you’ll make yourselves comfortable in their historic Steckter House guestrooms for the next three evenings. Having worked up an appetite after a long day of navigating the idyllic, yet windy country roads, you will be treated to dinner at Mustards Grill, just a short jaunt from the Staglin estate.
Your first full day in Napa will begin with a trip across the valley to the impressive Dalla Valle estate to meet the vibrant Maya Dalla Valle. She will share stories of working at some of the top estates around the globe, as well as her family’s transition to biodynamic farming. Maya will then guide the group on a tour of Dalla Valle Vineyards’ scenic vineyards and state-of-the-art new winery. The conversation will continue over lunch at one of Maya’s favorite spots.
Later that evening, you will be greeted by Pritchard Hill’s sweeping views high above the valley floor and by the lovely Carissa Mondavi at her family’s Continuum Estate. She will delight the group with stories of her family’s 100 years of winemaking, while you enjoy their Estate wines, which pair perfectly with a seasonal feast prepared by chef Sarah Scott.
The following day you’ll have the unique opportunity to enjoy lunch prepared by the multi-talented winemaker Brad Grimes of Abreu Vineyards—enhanced by the impressive Abreu wines. David Abreu has been the vineyard manager at Staglin since its inception 36 years ago, and the Abreu Family is truly a part of the extended Staglin Family—Brandon Staglin is married to David Abreu’s sister!
That evening your wine and culinary adventure will culminate with a closing dinner at Staglin Family Vineyard featuring the Staglin wines and sumptuously paired with dishes by the creative and brilliant chef Sarah Heller—with Shari, Garen, Shannon and Artie all around the table. You will even be welcomed to pick out a bottle or two from their family cellar to enjoy with the meal.
This glimpse into the future through the lens of fresh new eyes and hearts will leave you feeling truly woven into the multigenerational fabric of these wine families, and memories will continue to be shared when you return home to the exceptional new collection of Double Magnums and Magnums in your cellar—two Double Magnums of 2016 Staglin Cabernet and six Magnums of 2016 Continuum, Dalla Valle Vineyards and Hirsch Vineyards wines!
Place your bid on the future and give it up for these California girls!
Airfare to California and ground transportation while in California is not included. Dinner at Saison is to be scheduled for either a Tuesday or Wednesday evening. Visit to California to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates within two (2) years.
Shannon Staglin & Artie Johnson of Staglin Family Vineyard, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, Saison, Brad Grimes of Abreu Vineyards, Carissa Mondavi of Continuum, Maya Dalla Valle of Dalla Valle Vineyards, Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards and Chef Sarah Heller