Napa Valley is a small valley, especially when you’re living in it. And last week I was once again reminded of just how small this valley truly is. Coincidentally, the day after I attended a casual gathering at Gandona Estate up on Pritchard Hill, I ran into Bob Long at Sunshine Market. I first met Bob while working on the east coast with Dean & DeLuca in 2003. At the time, he would do market visits to taste us on his releases of Long Vineyards Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. After more than 28 years making Long Vineyards wine, Bob sold his Pritchard Hill vineyard to Manuel and Cristina Pires, the current owners of Gandona and new stewards of this special land overlooking Lake Hennessey.
We briefly caught up and in the conversation, of course the wine business in general came up as well as Gandona. I told him I had just spent the evening there the night before and that his vines were still thriving and the proof was in the Gandona Estate Cabernet Sauvignon bottling.
After careful consideration in creating a winery team that showcases both Manuel and Cristina’s passion for Gandona as well as their dedication to the land that Bob Long realized in the late 1970’s was so special, this is a unique winery on Pritchard Hill and a great addition to Napa Valley. Thanks to Daniel Ha, the newest member of the Gandona team (General Manager) for organizing this enjoyable, laid-back evening. Redd Wood's newest mobile pizza truck catering was an awesome idea and DELICIOUS. Below are a few photos I took while there that evening. - Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Photo above: view from the patio at Gandona looking northwest onto Lake Hennessey.
Photo above: As an homage to Manuel and Cristina's Portuguese heritage, they poured the 2011 Quinta do Vallado White. On the warm evening at Gandona, this was the perfect wine to share with us and is a blend of four White Portuguese varieties - Rabigato, Verdelho, Arinto and Viosinho.
Photo above: bottles of Gandona Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.
Photo above: One of the many DELICIOUS, perfectly-made pizzas that Chef Jake Kossman from Redd Wood made from their new mobile pizza oven. As always, their salads were also fresh and phenomenal.
Photo above: some of the many pizza toppings that Chef used to make a variety of different pizzas.
Photo above: Chef making the pizzas.
Photo above: friends Wendi Webster of Edge Hill Winery and Michael Green of Regal Wine Co. shared in the fun at Gandona.
Photo above: view from the patio at Gandona looking northwest onto Lake Hennessey but this time at sunset.