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Domaine Carneros

Carneros, CA

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The Champagne Taittinger tradition was brought to California with the founding of Domaine Carneros in 1986. Beginning with 138 coveted acres, the Taittinger family was able to transplant their legacy and expertise onto the New World and redefine Champagne’s relationship with California sparkling wine. Located in the heart of the Los Carneros AVA between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, gusty winds and a reliably cool climate make the 400-acre Domaine Carneros estate vineyards an ideal locale for sustainably growing the pinot noir and chardonnay needed to make ultra-premium  sparkling and still wines.
The portfolios of ultra-premium sparkling and still wines have distinguished Domaine Carneros as a benchmark for California wine. Those wines, crafted by Sparkling Winemaker Zak Miller and Pinot Noir Winemaker TJ Evans, reflect the unique terroir of Carneros while incorporating the rich legacy of Champagne Taittinger. That legacy is further reflected in the design of the Domaine Carneros château, which was inspired by the Taittinger family’s 18th century Château de la Marquetterie in Champagne, France.
 

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Zak Miller – Sparkling Winemaker
Working alongside Founding Winemaker, Eileen Crane, opened to Miller a new realm of possibility in winemaking – sparkling wines – and he hasn’t looked back since. Through Crane and the Domaine Carneros team, he developed a deep appreciation for the versatility of both pinot noir and chardonnay in sparkling winemaking and the great skill required to craft beautifully balanced, elegant yet complex wines. And through his work as a sparkling winemaker, he grew to love a variety he admittedly didn’t gravitate toward originally – chardonnay – which provides the base for what he feels is its finest expression (and a personal favorite), Blanc de Blancs. Just prior to the 2020 harvest, Miller stepped into the role of Sparkling Winemaker, where he will be at the forefront of daily sparkling operations ranging from harvesting, cuvée blending, and tirage, seeing it all through the final sparkling wine process of disgorging.
 
TJ Evans – Pinot Noir Winemaker
TJ Evans grew up in Northern California, but his work has taken him to the world’s finest winemaking regions. After earning degrees from Amherst College and the University of California at Davis, Evans apprenticed at such legendary estates as Domain Jean Louis-Chave in France, Villa Maria Estate in New Zealand, and the Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi Winery and Far Niente. Winemaking positions at La Crema’s Russian River Valley estate, and Alderbrook Winery in Dry Creek Valley helped Evans develop his love for pinot noir and expertise in crafting it. Evans then spent three years in Chile’s Bio Bio Valley helping create a pinot noir and chardonnay estate for Viñedos y Bodegas Córpora. Since his return in 2008, Evans has been developing Domaine Carneros’s portfolio of award-winning pinot noirs from diverse clonal and vineyard sources. His diligent work from vineyard to barrel has helped Domaine Carneros’s still wines reach the same level of acclaim as their iconic sparkling portfolio.

Eileen Crane - Founding Winemaker and former CEO
Crane is not only one of the industry’s pioneering women, but also the most experienced American sparkling winemaker with over 40 years to her credit and is widely regarded as the doyenne of sparkling wine in America. Her pursuit of excellence in viticulture, winemaking and hospitality has made Domaine Carneros an iconic American winery. After an incredibly successful career spanning 42 years, Eileen Crane stepped down from her role as CEO at the end of summer 2020.  She now serves as consulting winemaker for the team.

 

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Tim Rowe named Vineyard Manager at Domaine Carneros

3 August, 2022

Tim Rowe named Vineyard Manager at Domaine CarnerosNapa, CA August 2, 2022 -  As harvest kicks off in Napa this week, Domaine Carneros Winery is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Rowe, seasoned viticultural expert with over a decade of impressive positions within the California wine industry, to the position of Vineyard Manager. Succeeding Alberto Zamora, who is retiring after a 40-year career in the wine industry, ten of which were spent transforming the vineyards at Domaine Carneros, Rowe states that his new position is a viticulturist's dream. "With 400 acres in the Carneros AVA encompassing a diversity of clones and rootstocks, the estate vineyards are like a living laboratory,” he notes. Rowe looks forward to working with the winemaking team to nuance the different clonal expressions in the wines.   "The opportunity to manage six estate vineyards all within a few miles of the winery, which Alberto and the winery's dedicated team have cultivated with care and nurturing, is a labor of love and an incredible opportunity to go deep with my knowledge base.”    During Zamora’s tenure, he was instrumental in the acquisition of the Tula Vista (2012) and Las Amigas (2016) vineyards, and he also replanted 50% of the winery's vineyard holdings. Of retiring, he stated "I'm leaving the vineyards in a better, more sustainable place.  I worked hard to achieve Napa Green, Fish Friendly Farming, and California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing certifications.”    Rowe joins a team, under the leadership of CEO Remi Cohen, that is dedicated not only to sound environmental practices, but also to employee engagement and development. Of the new position, he shared that the dedicated vineyard team will allow him to nurture the career goals of the individuals who make up the crew. This aligns with the prevailing philosophy held by CEO Cohen and her management team which is to support, mentor, and cultivate from within the company.   Commenting on Rowe's hire, she stated "We benefited so much from the contributions of Alberto over the past decade, and as we look ahead, Tim is the ideal fit to take us into the future, building on a superb foundation." Prior to Domaine Carneros, Rowe, a native Kansan who graduated with an agricultural degree from the University of Missouri, worked with the vineyard management team run by Kirk Grace at the famed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley.  Following that, he expanded his knowledge of California AVAs working for LVMH, focusing on the 2,000 acres of vineyards for the Domaine Chandon and Newton brands. Next, joining the innovative Monarch Tractor team as its tenth employee working to introduce the world’s first electric self-driving tractor brought Rowe into the future of farming. His well-rounded experience dovetails with the forward-thinking mentality of the team at Domaine Carneros. Of joining the team, he stated "I was always impressed by the iconic nature of this winery, and its reputation for producing among the best domestic sparkling wines preceded it. I look forward to taking the vineyards to the next level in quality and best practices."   ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS   Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines and limited production Pinot Noirs. Domaine Carneros' château has become a landmark and symbol of the region. The architecture and interior design were inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie, the historic Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region. Visitors to the chateau enjoy seated tastings of methode traditionelle sparkling wines and small-lot pinot noir in the elegant Jardin d’Hiver or on the broad terrace overlooking the rolling vineyards of Carneros. Domaine Carneros limited production wines are available onsite, via ecommerce, and are distributed nationally by Kobrand Corporation which, founded in 1944, remains one of the few family-owned wine and spirits companies in the United States. The winery places a high value on preserving the environment and has taken on a vast array of environmental efforts. The roof of the pinot noir winery adjacent to the château hosts a solar array that was the largest on any winery in the world when it was installed and continues to be expanded with a state-of-the-art microgrid launching in 2022.  The most recent award, one of many from federal, state and local government; was the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros’ demonstration of “Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices.” For information, images and interviews please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles at Charles Communications Associates either by email kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064. ###  
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Here's the Scoop! Humphry Slocombe and Domaine Carneros Team Up Once Again for Rosé Inspired Ice Cream Flavor

2 June, 2022

Here's the Scoop! Humphry Slocombe and Domaine Carneros Team Up Once Again for Rosé Inspired Ice Cream FlavorRenowned Napa Valley Winery and Small Batch Ice Cream Present the Perfect Summer Treat (San Francisco, Calif.) June 2, 2022—Just in time for National Rosé Day on June 11th, San Francisco small-batch ice cream brand Humphry Slocombe - known for its imaginative ingredient-driven flavors - has partnered with the Napa Valley’s first name in top quality sparkling wine, Domaine Carneros, to revisit its smash hit “Rosé All Day” flavor, this time as a dairy-based ice cream. This year’s iteration of “Rosé All Day” is a deliciously refreshing Rosé ice cream made with Domaine Carneros 2018 Brut Rosé and a hint of lemon. This boozy ice cream is the perfect complement to backyard cookouts, afternoons by the pool or beach, or anywhere you want to have #RoséAllDay this summer. Humphry Slocombe Co-Founder and Chef Jake Godby says, “Pink bubbles make everything better, and ‘Rosé All Day’ is like summer in a cup or cone.” “We love this really delightful interpretation of our Brut Rosé, and we know our diehard rosé fans, and rosé newbies alike, will go crazy for it,” commented Domaine Carneros’ CEO, Remi Cohen. The 2022 “Rosé All Day” ice cream is available the entire month of June for $11/pint at Humphry Slocombe’s original scoop shop in the Mission District, as well as at their Ferry Building location and their locations in Oakland and Berkeley; in addition, the flavor is available as of June 2nd via Goldbelly as part of a special 4-pack, offered for $94.95 (including tax and shipping; available while supplies last). The 4-pack includes two pints of the “Rosé All Day” flavor and two pints of Tahitian Vanilla.  About Humphry Slocombe: Known for its unique and creative flavors, Humphry Slocombe has established itself as a pioneering ice cream destination that sources local fruits, veggies, spices and booze for its one-of-a-kind inventions. Co-Founders Jake Godby (Chef) and Sean Vahey (Food & Beverage Manager) relied on their extensive culinary backgrounds to create never before seen, or tasted, flavors when they opened Humphry Slocombe in San Francisco in 2008. Recently named one of San Francisco’s “Most Delicious Instagram Accounts” by 7X7 Magazine, Humphry Slocombe has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and Bon Appetit, along with several television appearances, such as the Food Network’s “Top 5 Ice Creams in America.” About Domaine Carneros: Founded in 1987 by the Taittinger family, and helmed by CEO and Remi Cohen, Domaine Carneros produces notable sparkling wine and Pinot Noir from California’s Carneros appellation from six estate vineyards totaling close to 400 acres. The Domaine Carneros Château and Terrace are open to visitors for tasting flights and elevated experiences from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by appointment daily. For more information, please call 800.716.2788 or visit www.domainecarneros.com.  Website www.humphryslocombe.com www.domainecarneros.com Social: Humphry Slocombe Instagram | www.instagram.com/humphryslocombe Twitter | www.twitter.com/humphryslocombe Facebook | Facebook | www.facebook.com/humphryslocombe Social: Domaine Carneros Instagram |  www.instagram.com/domainecarneros/ Twitter |  www.twitter.com/domainecarneros Facebook | www.facebook.com/DomaineCarnerosWinery ### FOR MORE INFORMATION: FOR DOMAINE CARNEROS, PLEASE CONTACT KIMBERLY CHARLES AT 415-730-0064 OR KCHARLES@CHARLESCOMM.COM FOR HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE, PLEASE CONTACT SEAN VAHEY AT 415-248-6369 OR SEAN@HUMPHRYSLOCOMBE.COM  
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Domaine Carneros Announces New Iteration of Popular “Bubbles & Bites” Experience

11 May, 2022

Domaine Carneros Announces New Iteration of Popular “Bubbles & Bites” Experience WHO: Founded in 1987, in the Carneros appellation of Northern California by the Champagne Taittinger family, Domaine Carneros is a grower producer of ultra-premium sparkling wines and limited production pinot noirs. Domaine Carneros has become the benchmark for California sparkling wine, reflecting both the individuality of the Carneros’ terroir and the craftsmanship of its French legacy. The popularity of the Bubbles & Bites tasting menu, first launched in 2018, has been a special experience for visitors who wish to explore the versatility of sparkling wine with different cuisines.   To date, the winery has focused on Asian, Mexican and Moroccan pairings and now announces its next cuisine of focus...Spain!   Pictured: New Spanish-Inspired “Bubbles & Bites” Experience Launched May 2 (photo credit: Sakhon Nhek) WHAT:  The Art of Sparkling Wine Pairing: Bubbles & Bites Experience the versatility of sparkling wine in this unique food & wine pairing specially curated to highlight the flavors of Spain! The fourth showcase menu in the winery’s popular “Bubbles & Bites” tasting experience transports guests on a palatal journey throughout Spain with five “bites” – four savory, one sweet – each of which is thoughtfully paired with a vibrant Domaine Carneros sparkling wine: Pan de Pisto A slice of toasted baguette is topped with a classic Spanish stew of tomatoes, onion, eggplant, green & red peppers, and shaved Manchego cheese Paired with 2017 Ultra Brut Tortilla Espanola with Mojo Rojo y Verde Omelet of egg and potato served with a vibrant sauce of garlic, chili, smoked paprika and cumin Paired 2017 Estate Brut Cuvée Gambas al Ajillo Sauteed shrimp in garlic and Spanish olive oil Paired 2018 Brut Rosé Solomillo with Romesco Sauce Juicy pork tenderloin accompanied by a classic Romesco sauce of tomato, roasted red pepper and toasted almonds Paired 2017 Vermeil Demi-Sec Tarta Vasca with Rosemary Caramel Rich cheese tart with a rosemary-scented caramel Paired 2017 Vermeil Demi-Sec Led by their most seasoned wine educators, this experience will open palates to a new side of sparkling wine. WHEN: Appointments begin May 2nd 60-minute experience $95 (cost does not include gratuity or sales tax) Reserve online or by contacting the winery directly: 707-257-0101 x 150 or reservations@domainecarneros.com This unique tasting experience is available for groups sized 2-6, guests 21 years and older. 48-hour cancellation. The winery does offer specialized versions of this experience for parties of 7 or more. Please call for more details. NB *dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please call the winery to discuss any specific needs. ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS  Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 150 acres planted to Chardonnay, 250 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production Pinot Noirs.  Domaine Carneros' château has become a landmark and symbol of the region. The architecture and interior design were inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie owned by Taittinger family in France's Champagne region.  In March of this year, the San Francisco Chronicle named Domaine Carneros one of the top 25 Best Bay Area Wineries to Visit.  The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has been a leader with respect to a vast array of environmental undertakings. The roof of the pinot noir winery adjacent to the château hosts a solar array that was the largest on any winery in the world when it was installed and this year, a new state-of-the-art microgrid system will help the winery with 85% of its energy needs.  The winery has a continued commitment to creating a lighter footprint on the earth. Two of its most recent environmental awards were the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros’ demonstration of “Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices," and in 2020, the Napa Climate Now Climate Champion in the Business category. For information, images and interviews please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463.
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