VINUM CELLARS PRESS
THE WASHINGTON POST
Changes brewing at the ballpark as wine options grow
Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties
By Jeff Quackenbush, Business Journal Staff Reporter
Following are profiles of the top day-to-day leaders from the Business Journal’s lists of the largest independently owned wineries under 100,000 cases, published in March, and the largest wine companies, published in May.
Listed alphabetically by company name at:
Richard Bruno and Chris Condos
135 Camino Dorado, #6, Napa 94558; 707-254-8313; vinumcellars.com
Winemakers and University of California, Davis, alums Richard Bruno, Don Sebastiani & Sons winemaking director from 2001 through 2009, and Chris Condos started Vinum Cellars as a side project in 1997 to make high-quality affordable wines. Some of the 26,000 cases shipped last year were traditional varietal wines retailing for $10 to $12 a bottle.
“At times it is scary, because we live in a David and Goliath wine market,” Mr. Bruno said. “But it is in this same spirit we started and built a successful company.” Vinum competes on price with large wine companies by focusing on quality and keeping costs low, he said.
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VINUM CELLARS California Chardonnay at AT&T Park by the glass!
Janny Hu, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle April 28, 2011 04:00 AM Copyright San Francisco Chronicle.
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The lowdown on ballpark beverages: Chronicle Wine Editor Jon Bonné critiques the offerings at the Coliseum and AT&T Park on Inside Scoop SF. Go to www.insidescoopsf.com.
"At AT&T Park, the wine theme is local as can be (with a few notable exceptions).
“I just wanted to be true to California,” says Sandie Filipiak, AT&T Park’s director of concessions. Thus the “California Wine Bar” stands around the park. Our initial scouting was grim – Meridian Pinot Noir as a high point? — until we stumbled upon a Brassfield Pinot Grigio and a Starmont Merryvale Sauvignon Blanc. Even more promising: The Vinum Chardonnay ($9) served at the California Cookout."
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2009 THE SCRAPPER
GOLD MEDAL, Cincinnati Wine Competition, March, 2013
2007 THE SCRAPPER
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April, 2011
"A 100%-Cabernet Franc from mountainous El Dorado County! This wine’s crazy good with tons of varietal character — woodsy tannins, touch of green pepper, vials of violets — that’s also packed with plenty of great plum, cassis and savory notes of leather and mocha, all in a memorable package. With plenty of grip and acid, enjoyed over a meal, it gets better by the minute and has the depth to age 5 - 10 years, too." - V.B.
2006 THE SCRAPPER
The Tasting Panel, June, 2011
"Smooth and silky with plum, spice and hints of smoke and mocha; sipple, dense and balanced with good length" - Anthony Dias Blue