Cuvaison Estate Wines
November 12, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

2014 Best Of Wine Tourism Award – Architecture & Landscape Award Winner!

Carneros Tasting Room
1221 Duhig Road, Napa CA 94559, (707) 942-2455







Earlier this month our President, Jay Schuppert, was invited by the Great Wine Capitals to attend an evening gala at the Culinary Institute of America.

At this event, he received an award on behalf of Cuvaison Estate Wines for “Best Architecture and Landscape” for our Carneros location. The award was given by the Great Wine Capitals as part of their “Best of Tourism Awards,” which celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the ten greatest wine regions in the world.

We would like to celebrate with and congratulate our architects, Doug Thornley and Bob Baum from Gould Evans, for helping us bring this stunning and architecturally intriguing structure into fruition. Each day we are delighted to share this unique space with our guests.

To learn more about the Best Of Wine Tourism Awards or Great Wine Capitals, click here.

Time Posted: Nov 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM
Cuvaison Estate Wines
November 12, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Cuvaison’s 2011 Estate Chardonnay Chosen as “Wine Pick of the Week!”


Cuvaison’s 2011 Estate Chardonnay was chosen as “Wine Pick of the Week” by Flagstaff’s Daily Sun writer, John Vankat.

Here’s what John has to say about one of our most popular wines:

“Chardonnay lovers will enjoy this wine for Thanksgiving. It’s clean fruit flavors, crisp acidity, modest oak and long finish go well with the varied dishes on traditional Thanksgiving tables. Ask your favorite store to order this wine for you. Prices may vary."

John Vankat
Daily Sun wine writer

2011 Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay
Estate Series, Carneros, Napa Valley

Retail Bottle: 25.00
Retail Case: 300.00

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Club Cuvaison
November 11, 2013 | Club Cuvaison

Club Cuvaison Holiday Cave Party 2013

A big thanks to all of the Club Cuvaison members who joined us in our Calistoga Wine Cave this past Sunday to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

Cuvaison and Brandlin wines, including our Estate Series, Single Block and Club Exclusives were shared and paired with scrumptious bites from Park Avenue Catering. We also had on display our Holiday Gift Collections - available for purchase between now and the end of the year while quantities last.

Here’s a look at the Menu:

Portobello "Fries" with Parmesan, Chili Flakes & Balsamic Glaze
Curried Scallops with a Mango Chutney, Served on a Wonton Crisp
Slow Cooked Coffee Rubbed Pork with Dried Cherries & Farro
Local Artisan Salumi, Cheeses & Assorted Condiments
Duck & Wild Mushroom Risotto
Mini Chocolate & Salted Caramel Butter Cream Macarons

And some of our attendees ...
(Larger image files are available upon request by emailing here.)

Cuvaison Estate Wines Holiday Cave Party Calistoga, Napa Valley

Cuvaison Estate Wines Holiday Cave Party Calistoga, Napa Valley

Cuvaison Estate Wines Holiday Cave Party Calistoga, Napa Valley

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Cuvaison Estate Wines Holiday Cave Party Calistoga, Napa Valley

Cuvaison Estate Wines Holiday Cave Party Calistoga, Napa Valley

Cuvaison Estate Wines Holiday Cave Party Calistoga, Napa Valley

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Time Posted: Nov 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Cuvaison Estate Wines
November 1, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Winter in the Wineries Calistoga Passport

Cuvaison Estate Wines is excited to be a part of Calistoga’s 5th annual Winter in the Wineries Calistoga Passport program. The program runs December 6, 2013 – February 9, 2014, and offers visitors a relaxed way to tour and taste wine at 14 heralded wineries around the small town of Calistoga; located at the northern end of the Napa Valley winegrowing region. In addition to wine tastings, the passport offers discounts at several of Calistoga’s finest restaurants, lodging properties and downtown shops!

You can purchase the Winter in the Wineries Calistoga Passport from either our Napa/Carneros or Calistoga locations.

Things to consider:

  • The cost of the 2014 Calistoga Passport is $75 (valued at over $250 in wine tasting fees alone)
  • One tasting per winery per passport
  • No split tastings

Click here to preview all of the great perks the 2014 Winter in the Wineries Calistoga Passport offers. This is a great gift idea for your wine lover friends!

If you have any questions, please contact our tasting rooms in person or by calling: Calistoga: (707) 942-2468 or Carneros: (707) 942-2455.

Time Posted: Nov 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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October 16, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

2011 Cuvaison Estate Pinot Noir Receives 91 Points!


91 Points

"Medium ruby color; rich, cherry aromas with earthy, mineral notes; rich, ripe, deep cherry flavors with earthy, toasty notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich, toasty Pinot with nice structure and texture for many foods."

We are delighted to announce that our
2011 Cuvaison Estate Pinot Noir has received a well earned 91 Points in the October 2013 issue of PinotReport. Great job to Winemaker Steve and his team! 

For additional information or to purchase this vintage, click here. 



Time Posted: Oct 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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July 8, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

It's Summertime, so Chill Out!

Chill Out with our Chardonnay Sale

Club Cuvaison members save up to 30% on a mixed case of Chardonnay!

Choose from either our Estate Chardonnay or our Kite Tail Chardonnay from
our Single Block Series.

Mix and match and beat the heat with savings!
Buy a case and save 25% off retail,
Buy 2 or more cases and save 30% off retail.

Use code CHILLOUT25 to save on a case, or
CHILLOUT30 to save 30% on 2 or more cases!



  Estate Chardonnay Kite Tail Chardonnay
Retail Case Price 300.00 504.00
25% Savings 225.00 378.00
30% Savings 210.00 352.80


Time Posted: Jul 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Cuvaison Estate Wines
July 2, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Bottling the 2012 Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay

Bottling Begins at Cuvaison!

Today the bottling line is very busy with the 2012 Estate Chardonnay.

Check out more pics here!

















Time Posted: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Cuvaison Estate Wines
June 24, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Fruit Set!

Fruit set is underway and everything is looking great in the vineyard!

On our Carneros Estate vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot clusters generally set about 50 to 100 berries per cluster depending on the clone and how good the set is. In 2013 we have experienced a very nice set with some shatter (hens and chicks) in Chardonnay.

Shatter is when, usually for environmental reasons (rain, cold, too hot, too windy) the flower does not fertilize and it falls off the cluster which leads to fewer berries/cluster and less yield. Some varieties like Malbec for example are very prone to shatter. Hens and chicks isn’t exactly the same thing, though weather can make it more prevalent. In hens and chicks some flowers set normal size berries (Hens) and some berries don’t produce a seed and are very small (chicks). Our Old Wente Chardonnay is the most common example of this phenomenon.

Overall it’s shaping up to be a good vintage from a quantity standpoint.


Time Posted: Jun 24, 2013 at 4:48 PM
Cuvaison Estate Wines
May 21, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

A Perfect Pairing...

The 2010 Brandlin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with a nice grilled steak and al fresco dining. We are so grateful for gorgeous weather...and wine!

Brandlin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Time Posted: May 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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May 17, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Happy #SauvBlanc Day!

Time Posted: May 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM
Cuvaison Estate Wines
May 15, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Vineyard Update - May 2013

The Carneros Vineyard is in full bloom and early stages of fruit set, where the fertilized flowers turn into grape berries. Bloom this year has been running about 2 weeks to 18 days ahead of last year which portends an early start to harvest. In other words, the cellar crew should not be planning any labor day festivities. The Brandlin Vineyard on Mount Veeder has just begun bloom in some of the blocks, but is typically 3 weeks or so behind our Carneros Estate. Otherwise it’s been a stress-free year so far with no frost or strong disease pressure. The biggest worries have been the relative dryness of the year and the strong presence of gophers, voles, and deer wanting to munch on our vines.

Time Posted: May 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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May 14, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

New Labels & New Releases!

Many Club Cuvaison members have already seen our new labels and logo, but we want to share the new design with our many friends and fans who have not. We've kept the iconic Cuvaison arch, but updated it with an artistic display of the word Cuvaison. The new design also features new font to represent the dynamic and modern evolution of the Cuvaison brand.

We are excited to unveil our new Cuvaison label design. The new label reflects a true expression of our elegant wines while representing the modern, artful, and authentic vision displayed in our tasting rooms.


The Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are 100% estate grown wines that represent the unique and certified sustainable vineyard site which is our home in the heart of Carneros. Each wine is meticulously hand-crafted from vineyard blocks that have been vinified separately, chosen by Winemaker Steve Rogstad for the distinct characteristics each brings to the final blend. Complex, multi-layered, and highly nuanced, our estate wines represent uncompromised farming and winemaking from vine to bottle.

Our Single Block wines are sourced from distinct blocks within the Cuvaison estate vineyard that have the rare combination of climate, soil and aspect to yield fruit that is consistently outstanding year after year. These individual blocks produce “stand alone” wines that need no blending. Limited in production, they represent the highest and most complete expression of fruit from our Carneros estate.

Visit our Tasting Rooms to check out the new look and taste our delicious wines!


Time Posted: May 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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May 7, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

May Club Cuvaison Sampler!




2012 Cuvaison Solitaire Sauvignon Blanc

Limited Production
Single Block Series

Our Sauvignon Blanc all comes from a singular, diamond-shaped block in our Carneros Estate. We ferment the wine in stainless steel at a cool temperature to capture and retain all the bright gooseberry, lemongrass and fresh citrus tones of this variety. Although aged on its lees to soften and enrobe the wine, it doesn’t go through malo-lactic fermentation as we want to retain the crisp minerality and vibrant acidity that is the focus of this "solitaire" wine.

 - Winemaker Steven Rogstad

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Bottle 25% Off ORDER
$23.00 $17.25  

2011 Cuvaison Estate Syrah

New Release
Estate Series

The hills of our Carneros Estate Vineyard are marked by shallow clay soils, barren land that restricts vigor and restrains energetic varieties like Syrah from their naturally, over productive tendencies. This is critical for two reasons; it allows Syrah to ripen in the chill of Carneros and it gives concentration and character to the ensuing wines. Our 2011 Syrah is just such an example. Smokey, peppery, jammy nose, with black cherry, blackberry and lavender notes. On the palate the wine is silky with spice and round tannins supporting the dense fruit and lively finish.

- Winemaker Steven Rogstad

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$38.00 $28.50  

2011 Brandlin Zinfandel Bald Mountain Vineyard

Limited Production, New Release
Estate Series

A shy vintage the 2011 Bald Mountain Zinfandel exhibits a complex mix of floral, fruit and earthy tones. Despite some fall rains, the sheer slopes of this mountain site effectively concentrate each berry. The general rich, jammy texture of this Zinfandel is accentuated with violets and rose petals, loganberry, boysenberry and a hint of soy and forest floor.

- Winemaker Steven Rogstad

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$38.00 $28.50  


Time Posted: May 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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April 2, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Bud Break Continues!

Bud break began in early March in a few blocks, and we are seeing more and more blocks across the vineyard lighting up in bright little leaves of green. We’ve seen nice even growth in the young shoots and are hopeful to have a decent yield after last year’s bumper-crop. We should start seeing bloom here in Mid-May, for which we’ll have our fingers crossed for pleasant weather as this is one of the trickiest times of the year for the grapevine. Too hot, too cold, or wind and rain can all affect the crop size and how challenging it will be to maximize quality.

Bud break at Cuvaison

Bud break at Cuvaison

Time Posted: Apr 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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March 19, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Vineyard Update -- Cover Crops

Due to the dry winter, our vineyard team has mowed much of our organic cover crops so that our vines will get all the moisture they need without competition. The cover crops will be disked or tilled in to provide nitrogen and improve soil structure. Here's a before and after shot to see the difference.


Carneros vineyard with cover crops before and after

Time Posted: Mar 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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March 18, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Bud break in the Carneros Vineyard!

Winemaker Steve Rogstad recently took these photos showing bud break and growth in the Carneros Estate Vineyard! The bud break pictured is of Pinot Noir and the young vine is Chardonnay.
2013 begins...














Time Posted: Mar 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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March 11, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

March Club Cuvaison Wines


2011 ATS Chardonnay


2011 ATS Chardonnay

Our 2011 ATS Chardonnay boasts the taut, sinewy structure of Chardonnay from our Old Wente blocks, blended with a soupçon of the floral dominated Dijon 809 clone. The Inviting aromas of nutmeg, almond and Brioche with shimmering honeysuckle and apricot tones invite you in, but it’s the supple, rich mouth feel of the wine that hooks you. A full-bodied, richly textured wine the ATS Chardonnay blends stone fruit freshness with crisp acidity, creating a long-lived impression that will keep you coming back for more.



2011 Cuvaison Estate Pinot Noir

Another cool vintage coupled with a late season engendered this seductive, elegantly-styled Pinot Noir. Raspberry, wild strawberry, pomegranate, and lilac notes, gently spiced with aniseed, sassafras, and a touch of juniper berry. On the palate the wine showcases structure over bombast -- bright acidity, clean fruit, and graceful tannins linger in the memory.


Time Posted: Mar 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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February 19, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Chester Brandlin

On February 10th we lost a dear friend by the name of Chester Brandlin. You will recognize the name being the same as our Brandlin Cabernet and here is why: Back in 1998 we were informed that a very special property was for sale in the Mount Veeder district of Napa Valley, which was owned by Chester Brandlin. We knew it was special due to the incredible Zinfandels from the site, which were produced by Peter Franus. We negotiated with Chester for many months but it wasn’t about price; he wanted to make sure we would protect the environment that his family had nurtured since the 1920’s when the 10 acres of zinfandel were first planted. Once purchased by Cuvaison, we planted 38 acres to Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, while maintaining the old vine zinfandel.

Once we heard the rich stories about the Brandlin family, which dated back to their arrival to Mount Veeder in the 1870’s, we knew we had to do something to bring homage to this great family. They had grown wine grapes that entire time but never had their name on a label. While they made wine, it was only for their personal use with the rest being sold to wine producers. Chester told stories of his family taking grapes by wagon all the way to San Francisco before there were motorized trucks. 2003 was our first vintage of Brandlin Cabernet and I’ll always remember handing Chester that first bottle with his family name on it. We were all a bit teary that day.

You can read Chester’s obituary here.


Time Posted: Feb 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM
Cuvaison Estate Wines
January 22, 2013 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Mustard Seed is Popping Up!

Mornings in Napa are icy and cold, with frost blanketing the ground. Thankfully, the bright yellow mustard seed flowers are popping up between the vines and announcing the coming of spring. Cold mornings dissipate to brisk, sunny days here in Carneros, and the mustard seed is a joyful burst of color against the contrasting bare vines and blue skies. Plan a visit and see for yourself!


Time Posted: Jan 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Cuvaison Estate Wines
December 13, 2012 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Join Cuvaison Estate Wines at the Boston Wine Festival!

To our friends in the Boston area, we invite you to join Winemaker Steve Rogstad for a lively evening filled with amazing wine and food at the Boston Wine Festival. Wine dinner will be held at the Boston Harbor Hotel on February 21, 2013 at 7pm. Tickets are $145.00 per person. We hope to see you there!

Buy tickets here.

Learn more about the Boston Wine Festival here.

Time Posted: Dec 13, 2012 at 1:46 PM

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