Family Run “Vins de Garage” Winery Releases Next Vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon to Help Glass Fire Victims; Trademarks “Grappanac”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (November 10, 2020) – Spoto Family Wines, an ultra-boutique, third generation, family owned and operated small production winery, handcrafting premier wines from legendary vineyards in the Napa Valley, has announced the release of its 2017 Oakville Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with proceeds going to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. For more than 15 years, Spoto Family Wines has been making small batch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blended wines from their home in Sacramento using grapes from legendary vineyard sites, including Oakville Station in Napa Valley and Beckstoffer Amber Knolls Vineyard in Lake County.
“It’s been an extraordinarily tough year for the industry, and we are dedicated to supporting our fellow Napa community as much as we can,” says Stuart Spoto, winemaker and owner of Spoto Family Wines. “The release of this wine represents the strength and resilience of the wine industry, faced with the pandemic and overcome with fires. Through it all, we are still doing what we do best – making really good wine that adds happiness to daily life.”
Sourced from one of the most historic vineyards in Oakville located due west of the “Welcome to Napa” sign in the heart of the Napa Valley, the just released 2017 Spoto Family Wines Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 34 months in custom made Tonnellerie Leroi French oak barrels. With nearly 90% Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville Station’s vineyard with small but perfect blends of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec, this is a benchmark, cult-status Cabernet from the Napa Valley. The wine has an SRP of $150 and production of 100 cases.
Additionally, Spoto Family Wines recently trademarked the term “grappanc” – a combination of grappa and cognac – as they decided to distill wine from grapes that were damaged by the Napa fires in 2017. The Cabernet Sauvignon distillate is currently aging in a neutral French oak and will be ready for consumption in 2022, pending licensing.
For the best access to these coveted wines, Spoto Family Wines’ “Wine Lovers Club” is an exclusive enrollment that allows members access to large format bottles, coveted library wines, special events, complimentary VIP tours and tastings at the winery in Sacramento hosted by the Spoto family, and international trips. Members receive 12 bottles of wine per year in two six-bottle shipments, one in the fall and one in the spring. For more information please visit https://www.spotowines.com/.
About Spoto Family Wines
Inspired by the French way of “vins de garage,” or garage wines, Spoto Family Wines puts quality above all else. The family touches every grape, every barrel, and every bottle of wine that is sold from their home in Sacramento to its loyal following. Spoto Family Wines is a family affair through and through. Stuart Spoto is a second-generation winemaker mastering small-production winemaking techniques that were passed down to him from his father, Henry Spoto, Jr., who sadly died this year. His wife, Christy Spoto assists in every aspect of winemaking from bottling to marketing along with their two daughters Ari and Alexi.
About the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund
The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is a collaboration between The Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF), On the Move and UpValley Family Centers. Collectively, the organizations have distributed more than $5 million to several thousand households struggling to recover from the 2020 wildfires that burned for 10 weeks during peak harvest and visitation season for Napa Valley and the COVID-19 pandemic. To make a donation visit NVCF.