compass Veteran Winemaker

After serving in our military, many veterans come home to pursue new careers, bringing the dedication of their past experiences into new endeavors. The ones who choose to pursue winemaking often do it out of immense passion and bring their acute attention to detail and dedication to service to the process, crafting stunning wines as a result. 

Veterans are an important part of our nation’s past, present, and future. In addition to serving our country, many of them also bring a passion for giving back. 

Be sure to check out the winery’s page for a deeper dive into the stories of these incredible people, and what they’re doing to continue making the world a better place. 
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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
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
Lawrelin Wine Cellars
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced and Complex · Rare wine (72 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

A Place In History
Lawrelin Wine Cellars
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced and Complex · Rare wine (68 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

A Place In History
Lawrelin Wine Cellars
Columbia Valley Syrah, 2007

Syrah · Balanced, Complex, and Fruity · Rare wine (74 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

A Place In History
Lawrelin Wine Cellars
Columbia Valley Syrah, 2006

Syrah · Balanced, Complex, and Fruity · Super rare wine (43 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

A Place In History
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
Bunter Spring Winery
Spring "Orange Wine" Sauvignon Blanc, 2019

Orange · Savory and Natural · Super rare wine (48 cases produced) · Santa Cruz, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Bunter Spring Winery
Spring Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Hilltop Ranch Carmel Valley, 2018

Pinot Noir · Balanced, Spicy, and Fruity · Rare wine (107 cases produced) · Monterey, Monterey, California

Barrel-aged
Bunter Spring Winery
Spring Zinfandel "Pizza Wine" Red Blend, 2018

Red Blend · Bold and Balanced · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Monterey, Monterey, California

Other
Bunter Spring Winery
Napa Valley Hippie Syrah, 2018

California Syrah · Earthy, Spicy, Oaky, and Fruity · Super rare wine (45 cases produced) · Napa Valley, Napa, California

Organic Farming
Bunter Spring Winery
Spring Cabernet Franc Red Wine "Garagitage" Meritage, 2018

Meritage Blend · Fruity and Bold · Rare wine (74 cases produced) · Monterey, California

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

Pinot Noir · Earthy, Floral, Sweet, Balanced, and Mineral · 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
Hamilton Family Wines
Indian Springs Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, 2018

Sauvignon Blanc · Savory, Fresh, and Mineral · Rare wine (146 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
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
Hamilton Family Wines
Sonoma Coast Rosé Pinot Noir, 2018

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

Interesting Winemaking ...
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
Human Cellars
"Sayar Mah" Passe-Tout-Grains, 2021

Red Blend · Fruity, Subtle, and Balanced · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Organic Farming
New arrival
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
New arrival
Social Creatures
Hannah Chenin Blanc, 2021

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

Barrel-aged
New arrival
Social Creatures
Egon Cabernet Franc, 2021

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

Barrel-aged

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