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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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Hunt and Harvest

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Hunt and Harvest

Pure, approachable, varietal-driven wines.

Hunt & Harvest is a stable of well-made, American table wines. Vintner Chris Hall has been farming in Napa since 1989, and together with winemaker Lisanne Leask (she is SO nice!), they have access and deep relationships with vineyards and established grape growers. The result is a great selections of wines from California, at extremely affable price points. In addition to growing organic grapes at their property Long Meadow Ranch, the Hall Family raises a herd of grass-fed highland beef cattle, produces estate-grown extra virgin olive oil and farm acres upon acres of organic fruits and vegetables throughout Northern California.

I Brand

I Brand

Rugged and remote vineyards producing wines of intense character

Ian Brand does not make it easy. Even when we beg him to! Situated in the Salinas Valley in Central California, the sites he works with are far flung. The soils are hard, depleted, and the intense sunlight is tempered only by the coastal breeze. Ian is invested in the local farmers and his community, creating wines that have a sense of place entirely unique to the unusual and often desolate sites he works with. Affordable, not overly polished, and unquestionably delicious. It is no surprise that all of this work was highlighted by the San Francisco Chronicle awarding him Winemaker of the Year in 2018. Ian has three labels. Paysan in homage to the Rhône Valley, La Marea for the Iberian Peninsula, and I Brand as the pinnacle. Showcasing the best these lonely vineyards have to offer.

Iconic

Iconic

Wine nerds making some pretty epic wine in Northern, CA.

Iconic 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. Sybil and I go way back with Birk, to when he was managing the portfolio for Acid Inc (what an amazing Italian importer that was, we still miss it). Iconic is single vineyard specialness from unique sites at terrific prices. These sites are the “icons” that supply the building blocks for greatness in wine. Oh, and the labels! Created by different comic book artists, these are so far from the norm, it is truly inspiring.

Keeper’s Quest

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Keeper’s Quest

A collection of spirits producers and distilleries from the UK to the US.

Proprietor and importer Ed Kohl has more than three decades of experience in the spirits and Scotch industry, and has a collection of spirits producers and distilleries from the UK to the US. His eye and palate for exceptional product and value is evidenced in the portfolio and in the glass.

Larkmead

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Larkmead

A marriage of remarkable soil, and a family’s dedication to the stewardship of that land.

Larkmead Vineyards is one of the oldest family-owned establishments in Napa Valley. Originally founded in 1895, the Larkmead estate is sandwiched between the Mayacamas and the Vaca at one of he narrowest points of the valley with the Napa River running directly through the property. The legendary Beaulieu Vineyards winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff once referred to the property as one of the five greatest estates in the Napa Valley. Today, winemaker Avery Heelan showcases what the exceptional site can do with four wines, tied to the varying soil types on the property, and the radically different wines those plots produce. And hot tip, Larkmead is a special place, and if/when you wander into Napa, it is a terrific visit. Friends from Ohio in town and you’re playing tour guide? Go to Larkmead! It will impress, and you will look impressive. By appointment only…like, duh.

Lichen Estate

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Lichen Estate

Seek to express our estate vineyard’s character by using the gentlest of equipment coupled with minimalist techniques. 

Lichen is seven acres of estate vines that overlook Highway 128 in the Anderson Valley, planted in 2008 with meter-by-meter spacing. Winegrower Doug Stewart aims to reset the bar with estate-grown fruit, and estate crafted still and sparkling Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Still wines all the time, sparkling when they are available (and don’t miss them when they are!). Named after one of the prolific cohabitants in the area, Lichen aims to be as symbiotic as it’s namesake (that fuzzy stuff pictured in the slideshow!) and they farm gently, meticulously, and organically.

Los Chuchaquis

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Los Chuchaquis

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

Chuchaqui (choo-CHA-key) is a Quechua word for, “without legs” (as in extra drunk), and Los Chuchaquis is a joint venture between Ryan Stirm and Jehan Hakimian, and they bring us sparkling Albariño, sparkling Sangiovese, and some exciting etc. All with minimal intervention and maximum awesome. Ryan Stirm’s other and original label Stirm Wines is also well worth exploring (of course, we like totally sell it also), has a focus on Riesling, made naturally, and from exceptional vineyards on the central coast. His career started at Tyler and Lieu Dit, and then eventually he worked at Thomas Fogarty before he started Stirm Wines. Jehan Hakimian worked his first harvest in Calchaqui valley near Salta at 15. Since then he has managed to worm his way into almost every side of the wine business; retail, national wholesale, etc. He and Ryan make the wines together, and then Jehan gets to take them into the world.

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.

Mary Taylor

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Mary Taylor

Sourced from some of Europe’s most classic regions.

Mary Taylor is a rule breaker. She does not “dumb down” or Americanize her European selections, she leans in. Her wines are priced like the bottom shelf, but are authentic and labeled like the top shelf.

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.

Prolijo

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Prolijo

Premium, sustainable Mezcal

Prolijo is a small batch Artisanal Mezcal, produced in Oaxaca, Mexico. Prolijo is the result of a collaboration between Co-Founders Juan Peña, a native of Mexico City and Katie Reichelt.

Juan and Katie started Prolijo Mezcal with one strategy – to produce small batch mezcal with Cultural Conscience, sourcing everything in Oaxaca, Mexico and ensuring the traditions and culture of the mezcal practice are preserved and celebrated. They work with local families to source all raw materials, for both the packing and bottling, to create opportunities for the poeple of Oaxaca. They partner with Doña Victoria, one of the few female mazcalistas, and other local producers who are in the business of agriculture. They proud to not only supply the world with premium mezcal, but to also support the people and traditions of Oaxaca.

Proof Cocktails

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Proof Cocktails

Driven by a desire to enjoy “Ready to Drink” ultra premium cocktails in all of the places that glass cannot go.

Say hello to Proof Cocktail Company! Small batch, owner operated goodnessfrom the wilds of Sacramento California. Proprietor Adam Glatt does not mess around, and these are hand crafted, bar quality canned cocktails (truly, not subpar malt liquor seltzers in a cocktail guise), where the ABV tells the tale. Two plus servings per can, plus fresh organic juices, premium spirits (you know, like real gin and actual tequila), and hand crafted syrups (Adam makes his own Orgeat…), with zero artificial sweeteners, additives or preservatives. So, take your favorite bar to the beach! On the boat! On a hike! Responsibly! No Bartender. No Problem.

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.

Rockwell Vermouth

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Rockwell Vermouth

Old fashioned flavored

Rockwell Vermouth offers a fresh American take on a classic European spirit. Owner Birk O’Halloran spent years on a quest to find the right ingredients, partners, and processes for the perfect American Vermouth. Along the way, he discovered golden cane sugar caramelized for the impeccable balance of bitter and sweet by experts in the Carolinas; California black mission figs sun-dried by a family with over ninety years’ experience; a UC Davis-developed grape clone to serve as the base; and supportive local ranchers who allowed him to forage Artemisia Californica herbs from their Carmel Valley hillsides. Birk conducted more than three hundred herb extract trials across more than one hundred recipe batches. The result is an herbatious and aromatic vermouth worthy of modern American cocktail culture. Handcrafted in California, each small-batch production of Rockwell Vermouth is a testament to what’s possible when passionate artisans from around the country work together toward a shared vision.

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.

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