“It’s a done deal,” confirmed Bill Foley, founder of Foley Family Wines, to Wine Enthusiast of acquiring a 67% controlling interest in Langtry Estate & Vineyards and its less expensive sister brand, Guenoc Wines.
Wine Society Of India The purchase includes 500 acres of Lake County land, 150 of them planted to vineyards, as well as historic buildings on the property. Langtry Estate & Vineyards, which is located in the Guenoc Valley of southern Lake County, dates back to 1888 when British actress Lillie Langtry purchased the estate. Together, Langtry and Guenoc produce 150,000 cases of wine annually.
India Winery With Foley’s history of vastly successful entrepreneurial endeavors, the purchase comes as no surprise. Indeed, he’s been on a winery acquisition roll over the past few years, having taken advantage of fire-sale recession prices. His California portfolio includes Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery, Chalk Hill, Firestone Vineyard, Lancaster Estate, Merus Wines, EOS Estate Winery, Kuleto Estate, Lincourt Vineyards and Sawyer Cellars (which he is revamping as the Foley Johnson brand), in addition to his eponymous flagship property, Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery.
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At this holiday season, the kind of wines I am most thankful for are those made by dedicated, small producers in relatively tiny quantities based on particular, distinctive vineyard sites. One that I visited in recent months that not only fills this bill but also makes the kind of food-friendly wines that are ideal for the holidays is Thomas Fogarty Winery.
Red Wine India Thomas Fogarty is one of the older wineries in my home wine region, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, having been established as a commercial winery in 1981. The proprietor is Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty, who has long been a professor of surgery at Stanford University and who invented the first balloon catheter used in humans. His several dozen other patented medical inventions include a line of vascular clips and clamps.
Wine To India Dr. Fogarty was introduced to winemaking shortly after coming to Stanford in 1969. He initially helped a Stanford colleague with his vineyard and cellar. He then purchased property in Woodside along Skyline Boulevard, at a 2000 foot elevation. He built a small cellar there and started making wine with grapes purchased from neighboring growers. He planted his first vineyard on the property in 1978, and this parcel now consists of 325 acres, 25 of which are planted.
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Award-winning winemaker Scot Covington, center, along with Andrew and Donna Trione. Andrew and Donna are not part of Trione Vineyards, they just happen to have the same last name.
Wines In India Itâ??s not every day that a Sonoma Valley wine maker drops in on the Triangle to host a weekâ??s worth of wine dinners, tastings and visiting local restaurants. This time around I was fortunate enough to land the opportunity to shadow award-winning wine maker Scot Covington of Trione Vineyards.
Red Wine India Covingtonâ??s resume and career leads to his vast amount of knowledge in the world of wine. A graduate of California State University-Fresno, Covington got his B.S. degree in agricultural science, enology. With degree in hand, his first job was with Sonoma-Cutrer Wines in Windsor, Calif. From there, heâ??s been with Marimar Torres Estate, Vergelegen Estate, Gallo Sonoma and Trione Vineyards.
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