Each year at Fantesca, we have a contest to select 10 quotes that get immortalized in cork. Our much beloved "Fortune Corkies" printed on the cork of each bottle of Fantesca.
Submit your favorite quote (either your own or a favorite famous one). If we use your quote, you get a magnum (1.5L) of Fantesca Cabernet with your quote as the cork! We hand bottle the magnums, so we'll make sure you get the right one!
Please sign up for the mailing list, (so we can keep in touch with you) and put your nominated quote in the "message" section of the form.
24 words are the maximum that fit on a cork. Trust us, we know.
Our friend David Kuehner from Destination Cellars just posted a very touching story on his blog.
One of his clients enjoyed their visit to Fantesca and the wines so much, they hired an artist to paint the bottle and vineyard on their wall! Susan and I are blown away. It makes me very proud of what we do, both with making the wines, but also the effort we put into sharing the experience of the winery with our guests who visit us.
I am grateful for our Fantesca Fans support and friendship. What an honor to make wine for them!
Pruning is one of those milestone events in the year. It is a low stress event since the vines are dormant and there is a large window of opportunity to get the work done. I am amazed at the skill and speed of the workers who know how to make the precise cuts that will yield just the right number of shoots all pointed in the correct manner. This is critical to the health of the vineyard and the quality of the wine.
Welcome to 2011! We will keep you posted on the vintage's progress, but you won't be able to taste it until September of 2014! Such is the patience demanded by winemaking. I suck at it.
There is an intellectual series of talks called TED (Technology,
Entertainment, Design). These lectures are selected to challenge,
educate, and inspire thought leaders around the world. I found this 20
minute talk about the continuing growth and importance of the Chinese
economy to be very thought provoking. China will grow in importance, and
it will influence us in ways we haven't comprehended yet.
We have eagerly awaited the release of our first wine created “From Grape to Bottle” by Heidi Barrett just as the wine world has waited for the release of her only Chardonnay. Here's a video of Heidi talking about the 2008 Chardonnay:
This wine is gorgeous! At first glance the golden color is alluring. The aromas are vibrant with hints of fresh stone fruit and honeysuckle. Flavors of tropical fruit, lychee, and lemon custard resonate through the broad mid-palate. The wine seamlessly transitions to a long, lingering finish that will draw you back for yet another sip.
The 2008 Chardonnay grapes were sourced from select vineyards from the Russian River Appellation. After a gentle pressing, the wine was fermented at cold temperatures to retain the beautiful, floral aromas. This technique cannot be rushed nor replicated on a large scale.
As much as we love the Chardonnays that we have made up to this point, the 2008 is hands down the best we have ever produced.
Susan & Duane Hoff
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We are pleased to announce the hiring of Heidi Barrett as our new
winemaker. Hailed “The First Lady of Wine” by Robert Parker, Jr. for having
received an unmatched four perfect 100 point scores, Heidi Barrett brings a
level of esteem and winemaking experience unlike anyone else. With another 100
point score from the Wine Enthusiast, Heidi Barrett is the only
winemaker ever to have received five perfect scores from the top wine critics
in the country. When it comes to Napa
cult wine, Wine & Spirits Magazine states that “Heidi Barrett is the
reigning queen”. Fantesca Estate & Winery is Barrett’s first new project
since leaving Screaming Eagle in 2006.
“I’m very excited to be the new winemaker for Fantesca Estate & Winery,”
says Heidi Barrett. “The beautiful estate vineyard, with its mountainous,
volcanic soils, has incredible potential. The wonderful fruit and fantastic
quality of these grapes will no doubt make an extraordinary Cabernet
In addition to being the new winemaker, Barrett will also have the ability
to combine technology with her winemaking skills during this year’s harvest. We
will be capturing the entire growing season with a unique series of bi-monthly
high definition films. Heidi, Vineyard Manager Jim Barbour and owners Susan and
Duane Hoff will chronicle the wine’s journey from bud break through harvest on
Fantesca’s sister website, adopt a grape.
Visitors can chose to “adopt a grape” from one of Fantesca’s seven vineyard
blocks. Adopters will receive films, photos, and written updates to keep them
current on the progress of “their” grape. This program allows consumers with
little or no wine knowledge to be a part of the winemaking experience in some way.
Adopting a grape is free.
“Technology for technology’s sake, such as a static webcam, is truly
boring,” says Susan Hoff. “Our hope is to incorporate technology in a way that
brings people closer to their passions in life. That is worth doing and the Adopt
a Grape program makes that a reality.” Here is the first video of the 2008