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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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Domaine Carneros makes the holidays sparkle with elegant gift offerings

15 December, 2022

Domaine Carneros makes the holidays sparkle with elegant gift offeringsAvailable at the Winery for Last Minute Luxury Holiday Shopping New Holiday Cocktail will add panache to festive gatherings December 2022 Napa, CA - Domaine Carneros, the award-winning California grower-producer of method traditionelle sparkling wines, has a wide array of gifts available for the 2022 holiday season.  Curated by the team at the French inspired chateau situated at the gateway to wine country in northern California, the offerings range from charcuterie and chocolate pairings with wine, to sabers and chillers to luxury candles, all paired up in gift sets that are sure to please. A few of the highlights include the Decadent Delights, which includes the 2017 Domaine Carneros Estate  Brut and Le Belge chocolates. Charcuterie and Cheer features Journeyman Meat Co's Saucisson Sec and Wild Groves Sweet Toasted Garlic Mustard along with a perfect host gift of the Bites on a Board  book by Chef Annie Dalter paired with the 2018 Domaine Carneros Blanc de Noirs bubbly and a cutting board.  Any foodie would appreciate the Bon Vivant Bounty gift set featuring the 2020 Domaine Carneros Avant Garde Pinot Noir, along with a gourmet gift box set from the Lucero Family of Wild Groves featuring blue cheese stuffed olives, artichoke tapenade, Ascolano olive oil and rosé vinegar, a ready-made party pack.  The cocktail lover on your list will love the Spirited Sparkle,  -  a cocktail making set of crystal coupes, a gold brushed aluminum 4-piece bar toolset with a marble base, a sleek shaker in gold, and a jar of Flouwer Co. orange scented cocktail cubes accompanied by a bottle of 2017 Estate Brut.    More of these wonderful and thoughtful offerings can be found here. This year, the winery partnered with the California based luxury candle maker, Voluspa for a  limited-edition gift set which features one 750 ml bottle of a custom-labeled Domaine Carneros sparkling wine paired with a Voluspa Sparkling Cuvée 9oz. Classic Candle. This set makes the perfect luxurious gift. Each box is designed with all the little details in mind, beautiful white velvet flocking, metallic accents, and the signature white iridescent sheen.   More on the partnership is available here. In addition, in keeping with holiday tradition, the winery has created a custom cocktail called the Ruby Wonderland in collaboration with the Social Sipper.   Comprised of Domaine Carneros Brut, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, amaretto, orange bitters, and an orange blossom cocktail cube, this festive drink is served up with a holiday appropriate garnish of rosemary, star anise and pink grapefruit.   More about this innovative annual creation is here. Happy Holidays! A votre santé! 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 150 acres planted to Chardonnay, 250 acres planted to Pinot Noir. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines limited production pinot noirs grown on their estate vineyards For more information, visit: www.domainecarneros.com . Social: Domaine Carneros Instagram | www.instagram.com/domainecarneros Twitter | www.twitter.com/domainecarneros Facebook | www.facebook.com/domainecarneroswinery MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415.730.0064
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Voluspa and Domaine Carneros by Taittinger welcome the holiday season with the Sparkling Cuvée Candle and Sparkling Wine duo

31 October, 2022

Voluspa and Domaine Carneros by Taittinger welcome the holiday season with the Sparkling Cuvée Candle and Sparkling Wine duo Artisanal California-based brands collaborate on a limited-edition gift set Napa, CA (October 31, 2022) — Two iconic California-based handcrafted brands come together this holiday season with the release of the limited edition "Sparkling Cuvée" Signature Duo, featuring a luxuriously scented Voluspa candle and Sparkling Wine by the ever-elegant Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, paired in holiday gift packaging.  Artisans of the senses, Voluspa and Domaine Carneros worked closely to accent the aromas of pink grapefruit and stone fruits found in the sparkling wine in the newest candle in the Voluspa portfolio.  Both companies are California-based, sustainably focused and specialize in hand-crafted products.  Their emphasis on accessible luxury made for a perfect partnership.   The limited-edition gift set features one 750 ml bottle of a custom-labeled Domaine Carneros sparkling wine paired with a Voluspa Sparkling Cuvée 9oz. Classic Candle. This set makes the perfect luxurious gift for any celebration. Sparking Cuvée’s packaging is designed around the iridescent sheen of sparkling wine bubbles. A perfect complement to an evening of self-care or a gathering of friends, the opalescent Japonica glass accentuates the energy in the room with its sparkle and shine. Each box is designed with all the little details in mind, beautiful white velvet flocking, metallic accents, and the signature white iridescent sheen.   The set will retail for $89 and Domaine Carneros club members will benefit from a special price of $71.80.   Purchases can be made here.   About Voluspa  Voluspa is true handcrafted California luxury. We believe that although our eyes show us the world, it’s what we breathe in that brings us closer to it. Our exquisite scents are born from rare, globally-sourced ingredients of the highest quality and are rooted in our clean-burning, proprietary coconut wax blend— a first of its kind. Our fragrances are hand-poured in California, feature 100% natural hand-set wicks and are encased in ornate packaging, designed in-house. These vessels serve as colorful pops of elegant decor and can be repurposed and enjoyed long after the final flame. A well-rounded combination of quality, artistry and global inspiration serve as the backbone of who we are. From our house to your home. Social: Voluspa Instagram | www.instagram.com/voluspacandles TikTok  https://www.tiktok.com/@voluspacandles?lang=en Twitter | www.twitter.com/voluspacandles Facebook | www.facebook.com/voluspa www.voluspa.com 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 150 acres planted to Chardonnay, 250 acres planted to Pinot Noir. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines limited production pinot noirs grown on their estate vineyards For more information, visit: www.domainecarneros.com . Social: Domaine Carneros Instagram | www.instagram.com/domainecarneros Twitter | www.twitter.com/domainecarneros Facebook | www.facebook.com/domainecarneroswinery ### MEDIA CONTACTS: For Voluspa: Meryl Ax merylax@nikecomm.com or 646 654 3439  Nike Communications For Domaine Carneros: Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415.730.0064  
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Bâtonnage Forum Opens Applications for 2023 Mentorship Program Level Three Placement with Domaine Carneros

18 October, 2022

Bâtonnage Forum Opens Applications for 2023 Mentorship Program Level Three Placement with Domaine Carneros Napa-based traditional sparkling wine house will once again offer a comprehensive view of the wine business through a year-long training position Napa, Calif., October 18, 2022—Bâtonnage Forum, a nonprofit organization aimed at opening up a conversation about women in wine and fostering opportunities that create equity, is now accepting applications for a new opportunity offered through Level Three of its Mentorship Program, which creates hands-on work opportunities to further career progress in the wine industry for mentees. Domaine Carneros launched the inaugural Level Three placement at the start of this year and has partnered again with the Bâtonnage team to offer a position at the winery in Napa beginning January 2023. The comprehensive, tailored training position starts on January 16 and concludes November 10, 2023, and will cover all aspects of the wine business—from marketing and sales to sustainable viticulture and winemaking—with special, built-in opportunities to meet and learn from various department heads within the organization throughout the year. "Domaine Carneros and Bâtonnage align in our missions to support, encourage, and provide pathways to success for diverse individuals in the wine industry, says Domaine Carneros CEO Remi Cohen. "As we move into our second year of partnership on this incredible mentorship program, we are excited to apply what we have learned last year to create an even more valuable program for the mentee. With exposure to all aspects of our business and an opportunity to work with various members of our team, the mentee will have comprehensive insight into all aspects of our winery to help them advance and develop their career path." In 2023, beginning with the Domaine Carneros placement, the Level Three program will offer an additional benefit to the mentee: one-on-one support from the Bâtonnage Mentorship Core Committee, which includes a roster of experienced individuals across six Industry Areas of Focus: Viticulture, Cellar/Production, Sales & Distribution, Retail, Hospitality, and Marketing & Communications. This will complement Bâtonnage’s existing commitment to working closely with the mentor organization to ensure mentees are supported professionally, socially, and financially for the duration of the placement. Priyanka French, Bâtonnage Mentorship Program director and winemaker at Signorello Estate, says, “There’s an astonishing amount of hard work that goes into Level Three programming so we are incredibly grateful to have a dedicated partner like Domaine Carneros. The high level of access to local industry professionals within the Domaine Carneros and Bâtonnage teams that the mentee will enjoy is truly a once-in-a-career opportunity, intended to fuel their passion for and professional advancement in wine.” The 2022 Level 3 mentorship placement recipient, Briana Lee, found her experience at Domaine Carneros through the Bâtonnage Mentorship Program to be incredibly rewarding: “I was constantly inspired and impressed by the talent and leadership within the company as well as the structure of each department,” states Lee. “The skills I’ve gained and the intricacies I have discovered within the various departments of Domaine Carneros will always resonate with me as I continue this journey through the multi-faceted wine industry."  Candidates should hold an Associate’s Degree or higher with related studies and should ideally have one or more years of winery experience. This is a paid, full-time position with an hourly rate of compensation for the duration of the program dates. Please review the position description and qualifications before submitting an application. Interested candidates should apply online no later than November 4, 2022. Bâtonnage Forum will work collaboratively during the selection process and will grant one candidate the opportunity to participate, to be announced November 29, 2022. During the selection process, finalists will be expected to participate in an in-person or virtual interview to be scheduled between November 5-November 20, 2022. Application Deadline: November 4, 2022 Candidate Selection Process: November 5-November 20, 2022 Candidate Announcement: November 29, 2022 Position Start Date: January 16, 2023  
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