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Springboard is a California wholesaler of wine and spirits, focusing on family owned, quality driven producers from around the world. Founded in 2006, and Co-owned by sisters, Sybil Ajay Sanford and Elizabeth Corsini, we firmly believe that good people make better wine, better spirits, and a better impact on the world.

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Mark Ryan Winery

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Mark Ryan Winery

We make a small production of sought-after wines, selected intentionally for their merit and potential.

Mark Ryan McNeilly founded Mark Ryan Winery in 1999. Largely self-taught, Mark’s goal was to make delicious wines representative of Washington state and varietal character, striving for the highest quality every vintage. He made connections in wine world, learning from the best producers in Washington, and doing his own sales in the beginning. My favorite factoid about Mark, in the early days, to shake off the nerves of presenting to customers, he wrote the below on a note card, and asked Seattle wine buyers to read it verbatim during sales calls. “Mark, you are a handsome and talented winemaker. Your wines are very good and I will buy some….” This is a man worth knowing! His years of doing everything himself earned him strong relationships in the community, and he now sources from the best sites in the state, and has a huge following. He also has a few fun other, value driven projects worth checking out; Why am I Mr. Pink (rosé), Board Track Racer, and Lu & Oly.

Mike and Molly

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Mike & Molly

Family growers & makers of old vine Zinfandel in the Napa Valley.

A singular project from Mike Hendry of Hendry Ranch, and his wife Molly Hendry, who’s uncle just happens to be Bill Moore, of RW Moore Vineyard. A historic and unarguably famous site planted in 1905 in the Coombsville AVA in Napa. Mike and Molly typically make one wine (Zinfandel), and every now and then there is a celebrity sighting of Rosé. Mike has been knows to ask the following question, “is a vineyard good because it’s old, or old because it’s good?”. I repeat this question all the time to people, because we often assume the fact that a vineyard is old is what makes the wines so interesting, but maybe it is old because everything made from that site over so many years, has been just that much better than elsewhere? Or maybe…it’s both? Enough esoteric mumbo-jumbo, you should just try the wine!

Onward

Onward

Rooted in sustainability, integrity, and personal connection. 

Onward Wines is Faith Armstrong. Born on a tiny island in British Columbia, Canada, traveling to school in a little boat called the Onward, her journey to winemaking was more of a meander than a straight line. She started in sales and marketing, and then went into production, which led her to UC Davis for some more formal training. Post graduation, she started at Frank Family where she worked her way up to Assistant Winemaker before branching out on her own. Onward’s focus is single-vineyard, site-driven wines from environmentally responsible growers–and, the wines are vibrant. A mother of four and a one woman show, Faith is an absolute force! She is known for making some of the original Pétillant Naturel in California (and for teaching many other winemakers how over the years), and for her elegant and affordable bottlings, from Skin Contact Malvasia, to Zinfandel Nouveau.

Paradigm

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Paradigm

Hands-on approach to all winemaking and vineyard operations, nothing is outsourced.

Ren and Marilyn Harris purchased 55 acres of prime Oakville vineyard in 1975. The vineyard sits on the west side of Highway 29 just below Harlan, south of Tokalon, and north of Dominus. Up until their first release in 1991, Ren and Marilyn were primarily grape-growers and grape-sellers, and to this day they still sell two thirds of their grapes to premium neighboring wineries while keeping roughly 100 tons annually for their estate-grown wines. Winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett, of Screaming Eagle fame is still at the helm, and has been since their first vintage 32 years ago. The wines are traditional in the most attractive way possible. They are exceptionally ageworthy, as we all hope to be. And, 32 years later, Paradigm is still owned and operated by Ren and Marilyn Harris. This is stewardship! And not just of their land. Ren was named Napa Valley Grape Growers Grower of the Year in 2021 for his contribution to his industry in the Napa Valley. And (and and), it must be said that in the world of Springboard, it just doesn’t get better than these two people, and the work they do. Best of the best, of the absolute best, that is Paradigm.

Pied à Terre

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Pied à Terre

Great Sonoma wine that is true to its place.

Pied à Terre. A brand I cannot spell, but that I fervently admire. It is the love child of Richard Luftig, a restaurant guy who spent multiple decades buying wine for the type of establishments us California people stalk whilst we are visiting New York City, like Felidia, and Washington Park. His path to making wine was born out of frustration and the need for something simple that he struggled to find. Aged, age worthy, soulful domestic Cabernet Sauvignon that most anyone can afford. He sources from three exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County and once everything is in barrel he blends his face off until he has the right wine. Then he lets it sit around and collect dust for a few extra years, because having youthful people over for dinner can be charming, but sitting down to overly fresh Cabernet can be downright alarming. That is Pied à Terre, and project number one from Richard. Project number two, is Love on Mars. Richard’s homage to David Bowie. A blend of two vineyards, combining mountain fruit with valley floor, Love on Mars is about opulence, generosity, and maybe a little bit of flash. And yet, never fear, it’s integrity remains. Like Mr. Bowie himself. There is balance in that there bottle, and that’s a fact.

Pride Mountain

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Pride Mountain

Family-owned vineyards and winery producing highly acclaimed wines for 30+ years.

The estate is dramatic and historic, releasing their first wine in 1991. 32 years later, Steve Pride and his team at the winery remain as inspiringly humble as they are dedicated to their mission: to make the very best wines they can; unique to their Napa/Sonoma mountain top. Straddling both appellations, you can actually step over the county line on the crush pad, and the growing conditions are truly specific to that singular place. The only problem with Pride, if I must complain for a second, is that availability is scarce. There just isn’t enough wine to go around. So, if and when they they do make an appearance, get on board! Because as my mother used to say, you snooze you lose.

Red Car

Red Car

Vineyards on the edge of the pacific

Red Car was founded in 2000 when three friends, Mark Estrin, Carroll Kemp and Richard Crowell produced 50 cases of wine from a single ton of Syrah grapes in a Culver City garage. In a nod to their Los Angeles roots, the new venture was named Red Car after the trolley line that ferried riders across the region for the first half of the twentieth century. In 2004, they purchased 125 acres of land and began developing vineyards in the wild coastal ridges north of Sonoma County’s Bodega Bay, a region now known as the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. Today, they farm five dramatic vineyards including Heaven & Earth, Zephyr Farms, Mohrhardt Ridge, Hagan, and The Estate. This rugged terrain’s coastal influence—where the Pacific fog filters in daily through giant redwoods until warm sunshine sends it back out to the sea—provides perfect growing conditions for their hallmark style: perfumed aromatics, bright fruit, crisp texture and uplifting acidity.

Robert Biale

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Robert Biale

A revered standard of heritage vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in the Napa Valley.

Robert Biale Vineyards has become a standard of heritage vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in the Napa Valley. Champions of old vines and protectors of historic sites in Napa and Sonoma. Black Chicken Zinfandel is the flagship–and has become a benchmark for the varietal. These wines are known for strength of character, and fruit density with a truly elegant touch.

San Lorenzo

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San Lorenzo

With ten gold coins earned working as a cook in the California gold mines, my great-grandfather purchased the San Lorenzo Planting in 1896.

In 1896 Utah became the 45th state, Idaho allowed women to vote, and Pete Seghesio’s great great grandfather Francesco Passalacqua bought a vineyard in what is now Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley for 10 gold coins. This purchase was the beginning of a viticultural legacy. Pete and Cathy Seghesio now own and operate Journeyman and San Lorenzo, two tiny brands born from that original home ranch bought 123 years ago.

Sans Liege

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Sans Liege

Tending fruit in vineyards that have captured my heart from Paso Robles down to Solvang.

Sans Liege is winemaker Curt Schalchlin’s relentless search for independence. Equally aligned with the freedoms of the New World and the heritage of the Rhône Valley, he is careful not to hold too closely to either. Tending fruit in vineyards that have captured his heart from Paso Robles down to Solvang.

Sean Thackrey

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Sean Thackrey

My only purpose in the entire universe as a winemaker is to produce pleasure.

Sean Thackrey was one of California’s most influential, eccentric, and game-changing winemakers. Alongside legends like Alice Waters, Jeremiah Tower, and Kermit Lynch, Sean had a guiding hand in a remarkable moment in history – the explosion of food and wine culture in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970s. Releasing his first vintage in 1981, working in isolation in the tiny town of Bolinas on the coast in Marin County, everything Sean created was unqiue. He refused to release a wine, unless it was “not only delicious, but interesting”. Sean passed away in 2022, and his assistant winemaker Dustin Durfee is carrying the legacy forward with Pleiades Wine Company.

Sidekick

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Sidekick

The Sidekick Series from Iconic Wine represents the finest wine we could create at everyday drinking value.

Sidekick is a project from Birk O’Halloran, a hospitality guy who cut his teeth in the New York City fine dining scene, and then landed in production many years ago. He has two wine brands. Iconic is single vineyard specialness from unique sites at great prices. Sidekick is every day drinking, over delivery wine that was born to run BTG on NYC wines lists, and then raised to share with everyone who likes something way (WAY) less expensive than it tastes.

Skylark

Skylark

The portfolio at Skylark includes crisp, flavorful, aromatic white wines and full-bodied, rich, spicy red wines.

Skylark is two friends, and long time Sommeliers John Lancaster and Robert Perkins. John has been the wine director at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco for multiple decades, and Robert was his assistant there for most of that time, until he left to help give Skylark the attention it deserved. It started as a whim, well before Sommelier-gone-winemaker was the norm, and more than 15 years later Skylark has grown and gained strength. Known for their iconic red blend, Red Belly, it’s counterpart rose, Pink Belly, and for their old vine Pinot Blanc. They make well balanced, site driven wines from older vines tended by exceptional growers.

Stirm

Stirm

Pioneering the future of old-school California viticulture and traditional wine from the rugged central coast.

Ryan Stirm is devoted to Riesling. As is evidenced if you click the “about” link on the Stirm website, the drop down menu has just three options: “Philosophy”, “Background”, and “Why Riesling”. AND, he has branched out with age, as we often do. His portfolio has diversified, and now we have a line up of (very) delicious, site driven, well packaged, and appropriately priced wines from California. Pinot Noir, check. A “classic” blend of Chardonnay and Riesling? Check! He also makes the label Los Chuchaquis with Jehan Hakimian, which brings us sparkling Albariño, sparkling Sangiovese, etc. Minimal intervention and maximum awesome.

Straightaway

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Straightaway

We’ve perfected the art of the cocktail so you can perfect the art of the party.

Straightaway Crafted Cocktails are actual fancy pants bar level cocktails, that happen to be RTD (read to drink). And in the same way that the spritzes aren’t “malt beverages” (no hating here, White Claw has plenty of fans, some of whom are people I love!), these crafted cocktails aren’t watered down or sweetened up. There are no shortcuts in the jar. The only thing you might be missing is getting it handed to you after a long wait in a crowded bar by a guy with suspenders and a waxy mustache. They also have wine bases Spritzes, for all licenses and walks of life, and sizes from 50ml to 750ml. They are making life easier one sip at a time.

Tatomer

Tatomer

One of the only white wine driven producers in CA and the Central Coast.

Graham Tatomer began working in the wine business at the age of 16 for Santa Barbara Winery. After two decades he realized that the sites that excited him were the coldest ones, lending to wines of lighter weight, nuanced flavors, and bracing acidity. Riesling is the ultimate grape to pursue these characteristics. No other grape conveys its region’s character and varietal flavor with the power, focus, and beauty the way Riesling does. In 2003, he packed his bags and moved to Austria to try to get a better grip on the growing and making of Riesling. He was able to find work with Weingut Knoll who, more importantly, have become a second family to him. They also turned him on to the Grüner Veltliner grape. What initially was planned to be a ten-week trip; turned into a year and two additional harvests. Today, Graham Tatomer makes over 4,000 cases, the bulk of which is Riesling and Gruner Veltliner, making him one of the only white wine driven producers in CA and the Central Coast.

Terre Rouge

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Terre Rouge

Our wines are balanced and elegant, with complexity that develops as the wines age in bottle.

Bill Easton is the source. The original, the generator; unquestionably the reason we have so many interesting wines and producers coming out of Amador County these days. A mentor for many, revered in the press. If you haven’t tried anything from his arsenal in a while or at all, I recommend making it a priority. Sometimes you live up to the hype.

Turnbull Wine Cellars

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Turnbull Wine Cellars

Dirt to Bottle, exceptional wines from the Napa Valley, as it should be.

Turnbull has been rooted in the culture and history of the Napa Valley, making wine of exceptional quality since 1979. A small, family owned winery, that punches far above it’s weight class. Winemaker Peter Heitz garners astronomical press year after year, and there is no question as to why when you dig into the quality and open a bottle. All estate, from their Oakville and Calistoga vineyards, with three Cabernets and a Sauvignon Blanc typically available, they showecase the best the Valley can offer, in an approachable and holistic way.

Union Sacré

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Union Sacré

Wines made from a lifetime of labor for the untelevised tables that unite the very heart of the world.

These wines are made for the tables of friends, by two friends, from different continents, Xavier and Philip, who arrived at the Central Coast from opposite ends of the Earth. Xavier is a WSET certified, oenology degree holder from France, Philip is a self-taught designer from Michigan. Between the two of them, Xavier and Philip have 35+ years experience working in Central Coast wineries. These are not wines of privilege and power; these are wines made from a lifetime of labor for the untelevised tables that unite the very heart of the world.

Valravn

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Valravn

Authentic Sonoma County Wines you can afford

Valravn is the core domestic brand of Valkyrie Selections. The evolution of a dream that started years ago with another label they created out of frustration, Banshee Wines. It began as a singular Pinot Noir made to provide value in a category living almost perpetually at $60 retail. At that time in the market, if it wasn’t $60, it was absolute crap. So you were either quality driven and pricey, or manufactured yuckiness, literally engineered for every day drinking. Baron Ziegler, Steve Graf and Emily Peterson just could not believe it wasn’t possible to have something worth drinking, at a price they could personally afford to pay. They came from European wine backgrounds over many years, most recently Baron and Emily at Eric Soloman Selections (primarily Spanish wine), and Steve at Martin’s Wines (Burgundy), and those backdrops helped shape the sense of place and vibrancy people came to expect from Banshee–at an amazing price. Fast forward some years, and they ended up selling Banshee, but keeping the contracts with the growers they had developed relationships with over the years, and subsequently creating Valravn. They began working with winemaker Rob Fischer, whose own relationships and experience in the area only elevated their game. They make Pinot Noir (of course), Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma County. Each of those wines, every vintage, is an almost impossible equation to balance, but they manage to pull it off. Awesome fruit, exceptional vineyards, respectful winemaking, amazing prices. Magic? No. But pretty dang close.


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