A once sleepy, understated grape growing region of the Napa Valley has long been the secret ingredient for many award-winning and 90-plus point wines. Acclaimed vintners like Robert Mondavi, Joseph Phelps, Louie Martini, Dario Sattui and Paul Hobbs, to name a few, sourced their grapes from the rocky soils that abut the shadows of Mt. George in the Valley’s southeast side.
Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch
Just a few miles away from the bustle of downtown Napa, nestled in the foothills of the Vacas Range, Napa Valley opens its kimono to the quiet grace of Coombsville. With sprawling acreage home to vineyards, farms, ranches and a peppering of multi generation residential communities, Coombsville is one of Napa Valley’s hidden treasures. Having received its AVA designation in 2011, it is becoming one of Napa’s most sought after regions for wineries to establish a footing both as a premier location to produce grapes and to open space to welcome visitors.
This past weekend’s Napa Truffle Festival took us to one of Napa’s newest winery settings in the Coombsville appellation in Napa – Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch.
The Saturday afternoon luncheon was set on the beautiful expansive terrace of the stunning winery estate. Mother nature delivered a spectacular sunny warm day with gentle breezes and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Guests sipped the extraordinary wines of Shadybrook beautifully paired with the truffle lunch prepared by Michelin star Chef Gabriel Kreuther of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant. Chef was also assisted in the estates fabulous commercial kitchen by Napa Truffle Festival Host Chef, Ken Frank...
As one of nine recognized Great Wine Capitals, San Francisco | Napa Valley has awarded its hospitality leaders the 2018 Best Of Wine Tourism regional designations in seven categories.
The Best Of awards categories include accommodations; art and culture; architecture and landscape; innovative wine tourism experience; sustainable wine tourism practices; wine tourism restaurant; and wine tourism services.
The 2018 Best Of regional San Francisco Innovative Wine Tourism Experience is Shadybrook Estate Winery
Earlier this year, we submitted our wines into the infamous San Francisco International Wine Competition. Established in 1980, this long-standing competition sets the standard for professional wine judging across the globe on domestic and international wines. This competition is the largest international wine competition in the United States.
Out of the 4,600 wines submitted, our 2013 Malbec was awarded the Double Gold Medal! Our Malbec was not the only winner, the 2013 Cabernet received the Gold Medal and our 2014 Platine Blanc received the Silver Medal. We are elated and honored to be awarded this trifecta of medals and to be recognized as one of the world’s esteemed wine producers.
The SFIWC is considered to be one of the most influential wine competitions in the world and of all competitions, this is the one to win! A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence and wines recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are universally understood to be among the very best. Competition judges are established wine-industry experts. Medal winners are chosen through a rigorous judging process – a highly controlled operation held over four days of blind tastings.
Congratulations to Rudy Zuidema, our esteemed winemaker, and the Shadybrook team for the well-deserved win on all three Shadybrook Estate Wines at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition!