This entails raising livestock, varying agriculture, natural biodiversity and compost production. If you have the chance to book a tasting here, you shouldn't pass it up!!! George Hamel, III Hamel Family Wines. By this point, it probably seems obvious how this story ends. Oddly, in addition to rocks, it also sold taxidermy. Another explanation might be destiny. Dry; delicious, velvety, sweet tannins after double decanting (highly recommended). While in the cave, taste a yet-to-be-released Cabernet Sauvignon pulled from barrel. ), we invite you to become a “free and easy” Sancoucie Club member. When John’s parents, George Hamel, Jr. and Pamela Hamel, bought a vacation home with a small vineyard in Sonoma Valley, John decided it was an opportunity to try his hand at winemaking, and went on to earn his Winemaking Certificate from the University of California-Davis. “Practices like biodynamics and dry-farming allow the vines to have a deep and natural connection to where they are growing, and ultimately we strive to have this connection expressed in the wine.”. We work hard to produce the highest quality wines in limited quantities from grapes grown on our Sonoma Valley and Moon Mountain District estate vineyards. You may also book through CellarPass by signing into your account. Special touches were the menu with our name printed on it, and the glass water bottles which we took home, and our overall relaxed experience. After growing up in San Francisco, my parents bought a house in Kenwood in 2006. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome glass of Sauvignon Blanc during a focused tour of our winegrowing and winemaking practices, followed by a private tasting in the Reserve Room in our Cave. Elke holds an Associate Degree in Small Business Management from Santa Rosa Junior College. The tanks allow for different sized vineyard blocks to be fermented separately. In addition to HFW, Garrett’s client list includes Acumen, Araujo, Arcadia Vineyards, Baldacci, Blue Rock, Bettinelli Vineyards, Hall Wines, Knights Bridge and Long Meadow Ranch among others. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! The Hearst family once owned what today is Hamel Family Ranch! Pam eventually married him anyway. My son and his bride chose Hamel Family Wines as a location for their wedding and it was the perfect choice. Current Wine. Paired with the 2014 Nuns Canyon Vineyard was a duck dish, and paired with the 2012 Hamel Family Ranch was a beef dish. Worth a trip for your special celebrations! Terroir expert Pedro Parra’s invaluable knowledge runs deep—literally—into an understanding of every detail of terroir and the relationship between wine and terroir. Barrel fermentations and fermentation in concrete “eggs” also happen in the cave. Antes de reservar, consulte as recomendações do governo local para viagens. George Hamel, III with brother John. Aging: 14 Months in 50% New French Oak Barrels, 50% Neutral French Oak Barrels and then 6 Months in Concrete Tanks. However, if you ask George, he might say that sometimes it seems like he’s the other man. For those of you who may crave the unknown (or an “other man” for that matter) and enjoy living on the proverbial edge, we invite you to become a Mysterio Club member. Is this a romantic place or activity that you would suggest for, Is this attraction a good place to visit on a, Is this a must-do if you are traveling with a, Is this a place or activity you would go to on a, Would you recommend this place or activity to a friend looking for an, We booked Hamel's Reserve Experience, and it was one of the highlights of our week in the valley! Industry Contact: email@example.com, For press inquiries please contact Natalie Perkins. We arrived to a beautifully decorated picnic area overlooking a breathtaking backdrop of one of their vineyards, and there were plenty of Hamel family members and staff to take care of us during our visit. With much of the heat that amasses daily on the valley floor being pushed up and out by the cool marine layer coming into the valley in the evening, NCV sees warmer nighttime temperatures than lower elevation vineyards. He has spent his career immersing himself in soils, geology, geomorphology, climate, viticulture and oenology. Of course, the wines were absolutely delicious as well! Then, a YouTube sensation of a day in the life of a honey badger became all the rage. Garrett received his B.S. Orson Welles, director/star of the film, said that Rosebud represented “a mother’s love, which Kane never lost.” We didn’t know that, but we do know that Pam often refers to daughter Casey as Rosebud, and there is no better reason than that to become a Rosebud Club member! A male badger is a boar (but never boring), a female is a sow (yet rarely seen sewing), and a young badger is a cub (definitely not a scout). A look at a new winery such as Hamel Family Wines, opened this June in Sonoma, might explain why. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review and for the kind words! The 7,000-square-foot winery is home to a combination of stainless steel and concrete tanks with different capacities, used for red wine fermentation. Located on a gentle slope on a foothill of Sugarloaf Ridge, the vineyard is predominantly set in well-drained, dark, cobbly, volcanic soils. He is currently Vice President of the Board of the Wine Business Institute and a former member of Bard College’s Board of Governors. This winery is beautiful and all of the wines we tasted were great. Average of 91.9 points in 165 community wine reviews on 97 wines from Hamel Family Wines, plus professional notes, label images, wine details, and recommendations on when to drink.