Winemaker Dinner Series
March 14th - Heitz Wine Cellars, Napa Valley
The Heitz family's vision of winemaking spans three generations of dedication to excellence. They believe that true artistry sometimes requires restraint. The Heitz Family strives for the delicate balance between science and nature's bounty that allows their wines to express the genuine character of the varietal and to reflect their vineyard's unique geography within the Napa Valley.
When people choose Heitz Cellars, they envision a classic wine and pure elegance that they can count on year after year. That is the heart and soul of the Heitz heritage. Their practices and methods have evolved over the years, but the quality of their wines and the integrity of their approach to the business is going to stay the same.
April 11th - Briceland Winery, Humboldt County
Briceland Vineyards winery was founded in 1985 in the tiny hamlet of Briceland in Southern Humboldt County - about a 15-minute drive from the Inn. The winery is currently operated by second-generation winemaker, Andrew Morris, along with his wife Rosie. The founding partners, winemaker emeritus, Joe Collins and his lifelong partner, Maggie Carey, still contribute actively to the operation of the small, 1500 case per year winery.
The idea behind Briceland Vineyards was to produce wine from locally grown grapes from the cool coastal areas of Humboldt County and the North Coast. Andrew Morris has had the unique opportunity to apprentice with his stepfather, Joe Collins, over 5 harvests. Family winery transitions of this kind are are commonplace in Europe but quite rare in the US, where winemaking traditions are still young. Andrew brings a wide range of experience to the winery, including a strong science background from his studies at UC Davis.