young-bird Up and Coming Winemaker

Behind these bottles are winemakers who are poised to shape the wine industry. Offering fresh perspectives and sometimes radical new approaches to wine, now’s the perfect time to see what they’ve been crafting -- that way you can say you knew them before they were famous. ;) 

To learn more about the incredible winemakers crafting these wines, be sure to check out the winery pages for deeper stories. Shop up-and-coming winemakers below. 
Ranch Road Vineyards
Richlor Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

California-style Cabernet Sauvignon · Spicy, Earthy, and Fruity · Rare wine (180 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Noteworthy Topography
Ranch Road Vineyards
Richlor Vineyards Chardonnay, 2018

California-style Chardonnay · Fruity and Fresh · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Noteworthy Topography
Rockets Red Wine
Rockets Red Rosé Grenache, 2019

Rosé · Fruity and Fresh · Super rare wine (38 cases produced) · Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Rockets Red Wine
Serenity Farm & Vineyard Rosé Pinot Noir, 2019

Rosé · Fruity and Fresh · Rare wine (90 cases produced) · Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Saison Winery
Monterey Syrah Reserve, 2017

Northern Rhône-style Syrah · Saline and Smoky · Rare wine (55 cases produced) · Monterey, Monterey, California

Noteworthy Topography
Saison Winery
Regan Vineyard Chardonnay, 2018

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Fresh and Fruity · Rare wine (142 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Noteworthy Topography
Saison Winery
Cienega Valley Riesling, 2018

Uncommon White · Fresh · Rare wine (155 cases produced) · Cienega Valley, San Benito, California

Noteworthy Topography
Saison Winery
Pinot Noir, 2018

California Pinot Noir · Fruity and Fresh · Rare wine (104 cases produced) · Ben Lomond Mountain, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Noteworthy Topography
Saison Winery
Regan Vineyard Merlot, 2017

California-style Merlot · Balanced and Fruity · Rare wine (98 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Winery Favorite
Smith Devereux
Sauvignon Blanc SB White Blend, 2018

Sauvignon Blanc · Fresh and Complex · Limited wine (997 cases produced) · California, California

Sustainable Farming
Saison Winery
Coast View Vineyard Grenache, 2018

Grenache · Balanced, Fruity, and Mineral · Limited wine (250 cases produced) · Monterey, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Saison Winery
Rosé of Syrah (2 Pack), 2018

California Rosé · Fresh and Mineral · Rare wine (198 cases produced) · Monterey, California

Hand-harvested
Rockets Red Wine
Rockets Red Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

Rosé · Floral, Fresh, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (84 cases produced) · Santa Barbara County, California

Hand-harvested
Rockets Red Wine
Rockets Red Wines Grenache, 2019

Southern Rhone-style Red · Earthy, Subtle, Fruity, Savory, and Natural · Rare wine (78 cases produced) · Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Read Holland Wines
Read Holland Wines Deep End Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Pinot Noir, 2018

Pinot Noir · Fresh, Floral, Balanced, and Mineral · Limited wine (250 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Award Winner
Read Holland Wines
Wiley Vineyard Riesling, 2020

Alsace-style Riesling · Mineral, Fruity, Floral, and Balanced · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
McKahn Family Cellars
Morning Glass Red Blend, 2019

Red Blend · Earthy · Sonoma County, California

Winery Favorite
[ess·eff] wines
Ketcham Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2019

California Pinot Noir · Balanced, Fruity, and Subtle · Super rare wine (35 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Award Winner
Caelesta Wines
Paso Robles Red Blend GSM , 2017

Southern Rhone-style Red · Complex, Savory, and Subtle · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Award Winner
[ess·eff] wines
Teldeschi Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2017

California Zinfandel · Balanced, Bold, and Earthy · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Award Winner
[ess·eff] wines
Hannah's Vineyard Rosé Barbera, 2020

Rosé · Floral, Mineral, and Fruity · Super rare wine (40 cases produced) · California Shenandoah Valley, Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

Award Winner
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Lodi Rosé, 2020

Rosé · Fruity, Fresh, Sweet, Balanced, and Floral · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Hand-harvested
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Acquiesce Vineyard Lodi White, 2020

Uncommon White · Balanced, Fresh, and Fruity · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Hand-harvested
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Farrah Lodi Red, 2018

California Syrah · Complex, Balanced, and Smoky · Limited wine (300 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Barrel-aged
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Lodi Gran Reserva, 2018

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Bold, Complex, Earthy, and Oaky · Rare wine (70 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Other
Byron Blatty
Lobo Vineyard Proprietary Red, 2017

California Cabernet Sauvignon · Bold and Complex · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Aurora Los Angeles White, 2020

White Blend · Complex, Fresh, Mineral, Subtle, and Saline · Rare wine (51 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Swayze, Alonso, Smith Tremor, 2018

GSM Blend · Bold, Fruity, Complex, Fresh, and Balanced · Rare wine (97 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Los Angeles County Rosé, 2020

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, Fruity, and Floral · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Los Angeles County Evident, 2018

California Syrah · Bold, Spicy, Complex, Fruity, and Oaky · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Los Angeles County Undertake, 2018

California-style Zinfandel · Bold, Fruity, Complex, and Balanced · Rare wine (110 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Read Holland Wines
Read Holland Chardonnay, 2018

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Balanced, Fresh, Mineral, and Saline · Rare wine (80 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Award Winner
Lost Toy Cellars
Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Single Vineyard, 2016

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced, Bold, Fruity, and Mineral · Limited wine (350 cases produced) · Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California

Almost Sold Out
Lost Toy Cellars
Coombsville Sauvignon Blanc 100% Single Vineyard, 2020

California Sauvignon Blanc · Fresh, Fruity, Mineral, Porch Pounder, and Complex · Limited wine (350 cases produced) · Coombsville, Napa Valley, California

Noteworthy Topography
Lepe Cellars
Chardonnay, 2017

Chardonnay · Balanced, Fruity, Fresh, Natural, and Nutty · Rare wine (90 cases produced) · Carmel Valley, Monterey, California

Winery Favorite
Lepe Cellars
Petit Verdot, 2019

Other Red · Bold, Balanced, Complex, Earthy, and Spicy · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · San Antonio Valley, Monterey, California

Rare Varietal
Lepe Cellars
Syrah, 2019

California Syrah · Balanced, Earthy, Spicy, Savory, and Fresh · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Monterey, Monterey, California

Hand-harvested
Satyr Fire
Poppyfield Gewürztraminer, 2020

Gewürztraminer · Complex, Floral, Fresh, Herbaceous, and Spicy · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Oregon

Hand-harvested
Lepe Cellars
Pinot Noir, 2020

California Pinot Noir · Floral, Fruity, Spicy, Balanced, and Fresh · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California

Winery Favorite
Backstay Wine Co.
Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2017

Pinot Gris · Complex, Fresh, and Porch Pounder · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
Backstay Wine Co.
Willamette Valley White Blend, 2017

White Blend · Balanced · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
Backstay Wine Co.
Rosé Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris, 2017

California Rosé · Fresh and Balanced · Rare wine (85 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
Backstay Wine Co.
Hunters Reserve Pinot Noir, 2015

Pinot Noir · Fruity, Balanced, and Natural · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
Kivelstadt Cellars
Twice Removed Rosé Carignane and Grenache, 2019

Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Limited wine (240 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
Kivelstadt Cellars
Mendocino KC Labs Syrah, 2020

Syrah · Carbonic, Fruity, and Funky · Limited wine (217 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Adelaide Thomas Wines
Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

California Rosé · Fresh, Floral, and Balanced · Rare wine (96 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Organic Farming
Adelaide Thomas Wines
Sauvignon Blanc, 2020

Sauvignon Blanc · Balanced, Fresh, and Mineral · Rare wine (54 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

Biodynamic Farming
Two Shepherds
Carignan old vine, 2018

Southern Rhone-style Red · Earthy, Balanced, Fresh, Natural, and Bold · Limited wine (525 cases produced) · Mendocino County, California

Hand-harvested
McKahn Family Cellars
Contra Costa Carignane, 2019

Other Red · Earthy and Spicy · Rare wine (95 cases produced) · Contra Costa, California

Old Vines
McKahn Family Cellars
Livermore Valley Petite Sirah, 2018

Other Red · Earthy and Spicy · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Winery Favorite
Drive Wines
Sonoma Coast Syrah, 2019

California Syrah · Balanced and Fruity · Rare wine (199 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Organic Farming
Two Shepherds
Grenache Blanc, 2017

Rhône-style White Wine · Natural, Complex, Mineral, Saline, and Savory · Rare wine (148 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
Two Shepherds
Knights Family Vineyard Syrah, 2018

Northern Rhone-style Red · Earthy, Fresh, Herbaceous, and Savory · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
River Lane Vineyard
TimeFrame Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

California Cabernet Sauvignon · Bold and Balanced · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

DTC Only
Maison Areion
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon · Earthy, Mineral, and Herbaceous · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2018

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Floral and Mineral · Rare wine (98 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Barrel-aged
Maison Areion
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Fresh and Subtle · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Award Winner
Crossroads by Rudd
Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Spicy, Earthy, and Fruity · 1555 cases produced · Oakville, Napa Valley, California

Noteworthy Topography
Two Shepherds
Pinot Meunier, 2019

Uncommon Red · Earthy, Balanced, Complex, Natural, and Subtle · Limited wine (225 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
Maison Areion
Pinot Noir, 2018

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Fruity, Oaky, and Subtle · Rare wine (72 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Unique Climate
Topophilia Wine Company
Placida Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2019

California Pinot Noir · Balanced, Earthy, and Fruity · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Organic Farming
Topophilia Wine Company
Valerie's Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2019

California Pinot Noir · Bold, Balanced, and Fruity · Rare wine (62 cases produced) · Carneros, California

DTC Only
Topophilia Wine Company
Carneros Pinot Noir Carneros, 2019

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Balanced, Earthy, and Fruity · Rare wine (137 cases produced) · Carneros, California

Organic Farming
McKahn Family Cellars
Ruinquist Vineyard Grenache, 2019

Grenache · Fruity · Limited wine (450 cases produced) · Shenandoah Valley Of California, California

Soil That Matters
Human Cellars
"L'influence Du Bouys" Gamay, 2020

Uncommon Red · Complex, Earthy, and Spicy · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Almost Sold Out
J.C. Winemaker
Everybody Zins, 2018

Zinfandel · Balanced, Earthy, Fruity, Natural, and Fresh · Rare wine (145 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Sustainable Farming
J.C. Winemaker
Seventh Day Rosé, 2020

California Rosé · Fresh, Fruity, Floral, and Balanced · Rare wine (70 cases produced) · North Coast, California

Winery Favorite
J.C. Winemaker
Everybody Zins, 2017

Zinfandel · Spicy · Rare wine (134 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Sustainable Farming
J.C. Winemaker
Seventh Day Rosé, 2019

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, and Fruity · Rare wine (72 cases produced) · North Coast, California

Other
J.C. Winemaker
Everybody Zins, 2016

California Zinfandel · Fruity · Rare wine (72 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Almost Sold Out
Lepe Cellars
San Antonio Valley Zinfandel, 2020

California Zinfandel · Floral, Fruity, Earthy, Spicy, and Balanced · Super rare wine (29 cases produced) · San Antonio Valley, Monterey, California

Hand-harvested
McKahn Family Cellars
Rosé Grenache, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fruity, Balanced, and Porch Pounder · Shenandoah Valley Of California, California

Winery Favorite
J.C. Winemaker
Everybody Zins, 2019

California Zinfandel · Complex, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (116 cases produced) · Mendocino County, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Gonzales Wine Company
Oasis Vineyard Malbec, 2020

Malbec · Bold, Complex, and Balanced · Rare wine (80 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Interesting Winemaking ...
Gonzales Wine Company
Gold Vineyard Malbec, 2020

Malbec · Savory and Balanced · Super rare wine (47 cases produced) · Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Gonzales Wine Company
Rogue Valley Red, Grenache / Syrah Blend, 2010

GSM Blend · Complex and Savory · Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon

DTC Only
Gonzales Wine Company
The Revolutionary Petit Verdot, 2020

Uncommon Red · Bold, Complex, and Savory · Rare wine (94 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Gonzales Wine Company
Cecchini Family Vineyard Malbec, 2019

Uncommon Red · Complex, Spicy, and Fresh · Contra Costa, California

Almost Sold Out
Drive Wines
Russian River Valley Rosé Pinot Noir, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Winery Favorite
Drive Wines
Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2019

Zinfandel · Bold, Complex, Balanced, Fruity, and Fresh · Rare wine (111 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Old Vines
Fresh Wine Co.
Sparkling Primitivo Pet-Nat, 2020

Sparkling · Sweet and Fresh · Rare wine (56 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Fresh Wine Co.
Fire Fuego Sauvignon Blanc, 2021

Orange · Carbonic, Fresh, and Fruity · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Fresh Wine Co.
Sonoma Valley Rosé Primitivo, 2021

Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2019

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Fresh, Fruity, and Natural · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Rockets Red Wine
2 Bottles Rockets Red Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

Rosé · Floral, Fresh, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (84 cases produced) · Santa Barbara County, California

Hand-harvested
Gonzales Wine Company
Malbec White Malbec, 2021

Uncommon White · Complex and Fresh · Rare wine (71 cases produced) · Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Gonzales Wine Company
The Revolutionary Rosé Petit Verdot, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh and Bold · Super rare wine (36 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

DTC Only
Gonzales Wine Company
Columbia Valley Riesling, 2021

Alsace-style Riesling · Fresh, Floral, and Balanced · Super rare wine (47 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Rockets Red Wine
Rockets Red Fizzion Sparkling Pinot Noir, 2021

Sparkling Rosé · Fresh, Fruity, Porch Pounder, Natural, and Floral · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Santa Barbara County, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Hamilton Family Wines
Hamilton Vineyard Rosé Grenache, 2021

Rosé · Balanced · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Hamilton Family Wines
Hi-Vista Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2021

Sauvignon Blanc · Balanced, Fresh, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Rare wine (55 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Hamilton Family Wines
Placida Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2018

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Rare wine (130 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Topophilia Wine Company
Sonoma Coast Rosé Pinot Noir, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh, Porch Pounder, and Balanced · Rare wine (126 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Winery Favorite
J.C. Winemaker
Seventh Day Rosé Pinot Noir, 2021

Rosé · Floral and Fruity · Rare wine (70 cases produced) · Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California

High Altitude Vineyard
McKahn Family Cellars
Los Carneros Syrah, 2019

Syrah · Bold, Complex, and Savory · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Winery Favorite
McKahn Family Cellars
Russian River Valley Viognier, 2021

Rhône-style White Wine · Floral, Balanced, and Fruity · Limited wine (250 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Winery Favorite
Hamilton Family Wines
The Phoenix Bordeaux Blend, 2018

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Balanced · Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Hamilton Family Wines
Maus Vineyard GSM, 2018

GSM Blend · Balanced · Rare wine (175 cases produced) · Moon Mountain District Sonoma County, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Gondak Cellars
Grenache Blanc, 2021

Rhône-style White Wine · Balanced · Rare wine (80 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
Gondak Cellars
Collective Efforts Syrah, 2019

Syrah · Balanced · Rare wine (65 cases produced) · Knights Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...

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