Faustino winery in Spain-reportedly home to the entirety of the Spanish wine gift basket industry only fifty years ago, they now have competition from across the entire country.
Cline Cellars is one of a very short list of wineries based in the Carneros AVA, which is one of the coolest in the entire country. Fred Cline is the original owner and operator of the winery, having been blessed with a fortune from his family (Jacuzzi whirpools and spas) he purchased the old Firpo Winery in Oakley and moved it to Carneros. Cline now has at least five hundred acres of vines planted in the two locations and offers some of the best wine gift choices in all of California. Focused largely on California’s only truly native grape (Zinfandel) as well as Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Roussane and Viognier which are only now gaining momentum among consumers in the United States. Although his Zinfandel offerings typically gather the most attention and highest critical acclaim, we personally enjoy the Carneros Syrah more than anything else made by the winery, it’s one of the coolest weather versions of the wine made in California.