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 ...
Smith Devereux
Sauvignon Blanc SB White Blend, 2018

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

Sustainable Farming
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
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
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
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 ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
Brave Cellars
Two Roads Pinot Noir, 2016

Pinot Noir · Natural and Balanced · Limited wine (500 cases produced) · McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon

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 ...
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
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 ...
Amrita Cellars
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, 2017

Pinot Noir · Earthy, Floral, Balanced, Mineral, and Complex · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Award Winner
Amrita Cellars
Pinot Noir Russian River, 2018

Pinot Noir · Complex · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Sonoma, California

Award Winner
Amrita Cellars
SEIZA Viognier/Grenache Blanc Sonoma Coast, 2021

White Blend · Fresh, Balanced, Fruity, and Floral · Super rare wine (3 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Leghorn Wine Company
Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir, 2018

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Rare wine (192 cases produced) · Petaluma Gap, Sonoma, California

Other
Leghorn Wine Company
Petaluma Gap Chardonnay, 2019

Chardonnay · Balanced · Rare wine (112 cases produced) · Petaluma Gap, Sonoma, California

Other
Leghorn Wine Company
Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc, 2021

Sauvignon Blanc · Balanced · Rare wine (142 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Other
Leghorn Wine Company
Rosé Pinot Noir Vin Gris Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2021

Rosé · Balanced · Super rare wine (48 cases produced) · Petaluma Gap, Sonoma, California

Other
Leghorn Wine Company
Knights Valley Zinfandel, 2018

Zinfandel · Balanced · Rare wine (98 cases produced) · Knights Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Leghorn Wine Company
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Cuvée, 2019

Pinot Noir · Balanced · Rare wine (108 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Other
Leghorn Wine Company
Sonoma Colosso Super Tuscan Style Red Blend, 2019

Super Tuscan Blend · Balanced · Rare wine (82 cases produced) · Knights Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Satyr Fire
Ancient Shores Chardonnay Chardonnay Articulate, 2020

Chardonnay · Complex, Fresh, Mineral, Saline, and Fruity · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Soil That Matters
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Paso Robles Rosé Zinfandel, 2019

Rosé · Balanced, Fruity, Complex, and Bold · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Award Winner
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Paso Robles Zinfandel Estate, 2019

Zinfandel · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Paso Robles Biofusion, 2019

Red Blend · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Petite Sirah Estate, 2019

California Petite Sirah · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
Rockets Red Wine
Rockets Red Rosé Pinot Noir, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Bold, Floral, Fresh, and Mineral · Rare wine (140 cases produced) · Santa Barbara County, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Kivelstadt Cellars
Sibling Rivalry Pinot Noir, 2018

Pinot Noir · Earthy · Limited wine (295 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Kivelstadt Cellars
Twice Removed Rosé Carignane and Grenache, 2021

Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Limited wine (628 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
Kivelstadt Cellars
Fathers Watch GSC Blend Grenache, Syrah, & Carignane, 2019

Southern Rhone-style Red · Balanced, Earthy, and Fruity · Limited wine (749 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Almost Sold Out
Kivelstadt Cellars
Family Secret Sauvignon Blanc, 2021

Sauvignon Blanc · Balanced, Floral, and Fresh · Limited wine (584 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

Almost Sold Out
Kivelstadt Cellars
The Inheritance Syrah, 2016

Syrah · Bold and Mineral · Limited wine (212 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Human Cellars
Öde to Rüdi-Zero/Zero Dry Riesling, 2021

Riesling · Fresh, Mineral, Funky, and Floral · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Biodynamic Farming
Human Cellars
"L'influence Du Bouys" Gamay, 2021

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

Biodynamic Farming
Leghorn Wine Company
Fat & Juicy Red Red Blend, 2018

Red Blend · Complex · Rare wine (68 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Social Creatures
Hannah Chenin Blanc, 2021

Chenin Blanc · Fresh, Mineral, and Saline · San Benito, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Social Creatures
Egon Cabernet Franc, 2021

Cabernet Franc · Balanced, Earthy, and Herbaceous · San Benito, California

Unique Climate
Ranch Road Vineyards
Richlor Vineyards Merlot, 2019

California Red Blend · Savory, Spicy, and Bold · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Satyr Fire
Nectar Flow Myriad White, 2021

Alsace-style Riesling · Earthy, Mineral, Fruity, Spicy, and Floral · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Brave Cellars
Less Traveled Pinot Noir, 2016

Pinot Noir · Fresh · Limited wine (500 cases produced) · McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Topophilia Wine Company
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2021

Chardonnay · Fresh, Fruity, and Complex · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Fresh Wine Co.
Sonoma Valley Primitivo, 2021

Other Red · Fresh, Natural, and Fruity · Rare wine (135 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
New arrival
Gondak Cellars
Grenache Noir, 2021

Grenache · Fresh and Porch Pounder · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
New arrival
Gondak Cellars
Keep It Like A Secret Arneis, 2021

Uncommon White · Floral, Bright, Fresh, and Fruity · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Potter Valley, Mendocino, California

Rare Varietal
New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Riverbench Vineyard Albariño, 2020

Albariño · Balanced, Complex, and Mineral · Super rare wine (33 cases produced) · Santa Barbara, California

Sustainable Farming
New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Ballard Canyon Rosé Grenache, 2020

California Rosé · Balanced and Subtle · Super rare wine (33 cases produced) · Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Corinne Sparkling Grenache, 2020

Mèthode Champenoise Sparkling · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Corinne Grenache, 2017

Grenache · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Corinne Syrah, 2017

California Syrah · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Corinne Mourvèdre, 2019

Southern Rhone-style Red · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Wine Tree Farm Bypass Red, 2019

GSM Blend · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Wine Tree Farm Marley Rosé, N.V.

Rosé · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Wine Tree Farm SypSyrah - Port-style Dessert Wine Syrah, 2020

Port-style wine · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Wine Tree Farm SyrGreMour – A Syrah based blend, 2019

GSM Blend · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Estelle Vineyard Merlot, 2019

Merlot · Bold and Balanced · Super rare wine (24 cases produced) · Los Olivos District, Santa Ynez Valley, California

New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Persistence of Vision Grenache, 2020

Grenache · Balanced, Complex, and Fruity · Super rare wine (48 cases produced) · Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, California

New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Ballard Canyon Syrah, 2019

California Syrah · Complex, Bold, and Mineral · Super rare wine (48 cases produced) · Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, California

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