People of PlumpJack: 20 Questions with Jason Schulz

From the daily management of the wine list to wine trainings and seminars, the responsibilities of PlumpJack Cafe’s Wine Director, Jason Schulz, are endless. With ski season just around the corner, we sat down with Schulz, at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, and played 20 questions.
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What was your dream job growing up?
I wanted to be an Architect/Mechanical Engineer. I always loved designing multiple types of houses, something I still enjoy today.

Do you have a personal philosophy?
“Do as you will, but harm none.” It’s an ancient motto that we could all live by today.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled?
Ollantaytambo, Peru!

 

Favorite hotel/restaurant there?
Pescados Capitales in Lima, Peru has THE best grilled octopus I’ve ever had.
ticr_890_370First thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Brew a fresh pot of coffee. It’s an impressive habit that makes me human again.

When not working, what do you love to do?
Ski, Hike, Golf, Kayak, Camp

What’s your current favorite song?
Pets by Deadmou5 right now. Disco Science by Mirwais, as well.

How did you get involved with PlumpJack?
I wanted to work at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn since I first visited Tahoe in 1997. When I moved up to Tahoe from San Francisco in 2011, I pursued it immediately. When the position became available, I interviewed… and here I am!

PlumpJack_Squaw Valley InnTell us about your journey as PlumpJack Cafe’s Wine Director.
I attained a wealth of knowledge through some of the best Wine Directors and Master Sommeliers (and aspiring M.S.s) in San Francisco, in addition to working for a wine distributor for a few years. Wine has always been a passion of mine. As the need for a Wine Director at the Cafe became apparent, it was a logical choice to have someone with a multitude of experiences from both the buying and the selling sides of the wine business to lead us and to continue the legacy of world class offerings that PlumpJack has become synonymous with.

How did you become interested in wine?
I’ve literally grown up in the restaurant industry where wine was always around. Since I was 13, working in an Italian restaurant that a family-friend owned, wine and food have always gone together for me. Plus, it’s just SO delicious.

What do you think is the most versatile wine?
German Riesling for whites and reds from Piedmont, Italy. Although, I could throw Northern Rhone reds in there, too.

What is the bestselling wine at PlumpJack Cafe?
Chardonnays and Pinot Noir’s still reign supreme, but it is my goal to match wines and foods together as best I can.

Favorite food and wine combination?
There are so many food and wine pairings that I enjoy! Foie Gras and Sauternes. Spicy Thai and German Auslese Riesling. Mushroom Risotto and Barbera d’Alba. I also just had some phenomenal Charcuterie with a new world Grenache that was outstanding.

Favorite food?
Any variety of noodles – Pho noodles, Thai noodles, Seafood Ramen… I love them all.

What do you believe is the most underrated wine?
Two styles of wine that I feel are grossly underrated are Madeira and Champagne, frankly bubbles in general. People think that Madeiras are strictly for dessert, but they’re laden with wonderful acids that pair with a wide variety of foods, especially meats and game dishes.

Any wines that are misunderstood?
Champagne and bubbly wines are typically held for festive occasions only, but their global diversity is unmatched, and they can pair with everything from cheese and charcuterie to heartier seafood dishes. Plus, who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly any time?

What advice would you give to someone getting started in the wine industry?
My advice would be to work in the environment and to engross themselves in the wine world. Work in a restaurant that has a Sommelier or Wine Director and learn from them. Attend wine seminars and tastings when possible. Visit wineries and meet the winemakers; one can learn an infinite amount from these passionate, talented people.

Who do you admire most in the wine and hospitality industry?
We genuinely care about the experience that our guests receive and want to make sure that, when they are in our restaurant, they have the best care possible. From a wine point of view, it’s the people and effort that go into making wine. The winemakers are the epitome of devotion to their craft, but no one can do it alone. The workers in the fields that pick and sort the grapes are some of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet, and their passion for what they do is admirable.

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What has been the most significant project or accomplishment of your career?

Starting a beverage consulting business (Mountain Beverage Solutions) with my partner, Jake Spero, has been exceedingly significant and rewarding for me. Maintaining and managing a “Best of” Award of Excellence winning wine list that features some 725 selections at PlumpJack Cafe has been one of my greatest accomplishments. I was also Lead Captain at Saison Restaurant in San Francisco when we received our Michelin Star, which was awesome.

Bucket of wine and champagne If you were not working in the wine industry, what would you be doing?
If I was not in the wine industry, I’d probably be involved with the ski and golf industries on some level. I have been skiing since I was three, and I used to work in that world for a while and enjoyed it immensely. I’ve also been, at one point, a low, single digit handicap golfer and could see myself being a teaching pro.
PlumpJack Cafe is now taking reservations for the Holidays and it’s busy winter season. Don’t wait to book, especially if you have a larger group.

Thanksgiving Weekend Itinerary in San Francisco

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and copious amounts of food and drink. If you find yourself dodging holiday travel to stay local, we have some great ideas on ways to rediscover your town, and if you do it on foot, you’ll be able to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories.

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Pedal Push

Explore the roads of San Francisco and beyond. Try an urban bike path through San Francisco called The Wiggle, it’s undoubtedly one of the most well-known routes in the city. And if you’re looking for some reflection time, a great solo-ride option is Hawk Hill just over the Bridge into the Marin Headlands.

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Flower Power in Golden Gate Park

San Francisco’s Botanical Garden offers 55-acres with 8,000 different kinds of plants and flowers. Typically, there’s an $8 fee; however, on Thanksgiving admission is FREE, so make sure to take advantage of the lack of crowds and take your time exploring and taking in the sites and scents! Fun fact: The garden’s famous magnolias have just started blooming.

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Soothing Sound of the Waves

Built in 1986, The Wave Organ has become a San Francisco landmark. The wave-activated acoustic sculpture is made up of 25 organ pipes built at various elevations, allowing for the rise and fall of the tide. The musical sound is created by the impact of waves against the pipes. Pro-tip: head to the Wave Organ during sunset, before dinner, for some of the most magical views in the city.

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Take a leisurely stroll from the Wave Organ to Balboa Cafe in the Marina for a warming cocktail. Balboa’s famous holiday cocktails launch Thanksgiving and run through January 1st. Classics include Hot Buttered Rum, an Egg Nog Cocktail, Hot Toddy, Mulled Wine, and the Hot Nutty Irishman.

Get Cultured
Remember all those times you told yourself you really need to check out the new SFMOMA or wouldn’t it be great to hike Lands End and then top it off with a visit to the Legion of Honor?? San Francisco has so many great museums and what better weekend to visit than Thanksgiving when the city has emptied out or is concentrated in Union Square for Black Friday. Here are some of our favorites: SFMOMA, Legion of Honor, de Young, Asian Art Museum and for the kid in all of us, The Walt Disney Museum in the Presidio (check website for hours).

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Clean Food Inspiration

Let’s be honest, the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are filled with rich food and lots of it, plus many celebratory cocktails. There are holiday parties, office parties, gift-exchange brunches, happy hours and more. Get yourself to one of the many Farmer’s Markets San Francisco on the weekend after Thanksgiving and indulge in all of the cleansing winter fruits and vegetables to help give your body a rest before the marathon eating season begins in December.

Shop Local
The Bay Area is filled with so many holiday shopping options outside of the mainstream malls and busy Union Square. Support Small Business Saturday and do your holiday shopping at the many small shops and boutiques that are the backbone of our city’s neighborhoods. May we suggest skipping the big wine and spirits retailers, as well, for the smaller shops like PlumpJack Wine & Spirits in the Marina and Noe Valley?
paulbirmanGet out there and take advantage of your city, and if you’re visiting the Bay Area over Thanksgiving weekend, you’re smart, it’s one of the best times to visit. Cheers!

Deck the Halls with Wine & Spirits

Looking for the perfect wine for your holiday meal? Looking to stock your bar for your upcoming holiday party? Needing that perfect gift to send with no hassle? Our wineries in Napa, and our two wine and spirits retail locations will make this holiday season a breeze – purchase on-site or online.

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Purchase PlumpJack wines from Odette Estate, PlumpJack Winery, and CADE Estate Winery online, direct from the wineries, or at PlumpJack Wine & Spirits in San Francisco.

PlumpJack Wine & Spirits
Holiday gifting, corporate gifting, wine and spirits for holiday parties, and more. Purchase online at PlumpJackWines.com or purchase in store at our Fillmore or Noe Valley location. Delivery availabe in San Francisco and shipping to all states that accept alcohol deliveries.
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Holiday Dining & Celebrating with PlumpJack

balboa-holiday-shoot-46It’s the most wonderful time of the year to spend with friends and family, whether for group dinners, intimate dining options, holiday Happy Hours with friends, and more. Our restaurants and bars are great locales for libations and dining, see below for details.

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Balboa Cafe San Francisco
3199 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Open 365 days a year, Balboa Cafe is a popular spot to gather during the holidays, especially for the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Thanksgiving & Christmas VIEW MENU
12pm-2pm Limited menu including the Balboa Burger, sandwiches, salads & appetizers
2pm-8pm Reservation-only (415.921.3944) special holiday a la carte menu
Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day Regular business hours (11:30-2am)

Book a large group for dining at Balboa Cafe San Francisco – please call 415.921.3944 or email

160215_hangar_steak_low_res_09_0a9a3001-copyBalboa Cafe Mill Valley (BCMV) 38 MIller Drive, Mill Valley, CA
Located in the charming town of Mill Valley just a quick drive over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, BCMV features creative holiday menus by Chef Howard Ko
Thanksgiving 2pm-8pm Reservations Strongly RecommendedVIEW MENU
Christmas Eve Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm*
Christmas CLOSED
New Year’s Eve Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm*
New Year’s Day Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-10pm*
*No Happy Hour


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PlumpJack Cafe at Squaw Valley Inn
The perfect location to celebrate the winter holidays with festive meals surrounded by family and friends. Celebrate the 10 Days of Christmas with a special holiday-themed menu offered around the holidays. Make reservations online or call 530-583-1578
Thanksgiving CLOSED
Christmas Eve
5pm – 9:30pm
Christmas
5:30 – 9:30pm
New Year’s Eve
5:00pm – 11pm
New Year’s Day
5:30 – 9:30pm

For private dining inquiries for large groups, go to plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com

Cheers it’s the Holidays!
For fanciful libations to celebrate the spirit of the holidays, pop into one of PlumpJack’s three bars MatrixFillmore, Forgery, Wildhawk.
forgery-manhattanForgery Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving & Day After CLOSED
December 23rd – 26th CLOSED
New Year’s Eve OPEN – Forgery & VERSO Nightclub
to operate as one venue (Entertainment and Offerings to be announced in November – go to VERSOSF.com to stay updated or follow on social media @verso_sf)
New Year’s Day CLOSED

Wildhawk Bar Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving CLOSED
December 25th – 27th CLOSED
New Year’s Day CLOSED

PlumpJack Group Expands to Vail, Colorado

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Tots and Caviar is on the menu at Pendulum

PlumpJack elevates Vail Valley’s dining scene with two new concepts,
just in time for ski season!

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Executive Chef Jake Burkhardt

PlumpJack Group is excited to announce its expansion into Colorado’s Vail Village in winter 2016. PlumpJack will introduce Vail Village’s first new-build restaurant to open in eight years, Pendulum, which is currently undergoing construction in the historical Gorsuch building, best known as Vail Village’s iconic clock tower. Additionally, a second restaurant called White Bison, a local favorite situated on Gore Creek, will be added to the group’s portfolio. White Bison is currently undergoing interior updates and will open with a new menu and cocktail program. Both are scheduled to open in December 2016. This is the first time the growing hospitality group with 18 properties including wineries, boutique hotels, retail, restaurants and bars will be adding to their collection outside of California.

“We are thrilled to join the Vail Valley community with two dynamic dining destinations to serve as gathering spots for locals and visitors alike and PlumpJack is honored to partner with Elevation Vail Partners, LLC,” says President & Partner, Hilary Newsom. “We want to embrace the warm culture and mountain ethos that Vail is known for, and have drawn upon Colorado’s culinary talent to help us execute this vision.”
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PlumpJack Group has developed the concepts for both properties through enlisting local luminary Jake Burkhardt, formerly of Aspen Kitchen, to oversee and execute all things culinary as Executive Chef. Seasoned bar veterans Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano, the duo behind celebrated San Francisco cocktail bars Wildhawk, Forgery and VERSO and dozens of Kimpton Property bar programs, will curate both cocktail programs.
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For media inquiries, please contact McKenzie Ward at mward@plumpjack.com

Spook-tacular Halloween Happenings in the Bay Area

Trick-or-treat! Halloween is upon us and we’re pumpkin carving, costume hunting and planning spooky parties. All Hallows’ Eve falls on a Monday this year which means we’re packing HalloWeekend with our naughtiest tricks and sweetest treats. Come out of your casket and get in the ghostly spirit!
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VERSO
Start the weekend at VERSO, or shall we say City of Lost – the entire club will be transformed into a steampunk playland. Kicking off on Friday, October 28th, boo-gie down to the beats of Suara, a Barcelona-based dance music label and non-profit cat rescue. We won’t judge if you decide to dress up as a black cat.

Saturday, bring out your goriest gowns and sharpest fangs because VERSO will be offering a $1,000 grand prize costume contest. Howl all night long to the hip-hop sounds of Astronomar and Bot along with Bay area local, Grensta. Buy tickets today…before it’s too late.
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The Shed

Come for the pumpkins, stay for the for BBQ. If you’re searching for a family friendly activity look no further than The Shed in Napa Valley. Home of the Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch, kids can enjoy their famous hay pyramid, pumpkin carving and farm animals. Meanwhile, adults can post up at the wooden tables, sip on some brews and order barbeque favorites, fresh from the smoke pit.


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Forgery

Fangs, freaks and ding-dong ditch. Dress up as a devil or just bring out your devilish side because Forgery has a cocktail for all of your trickery. No Halloween is complete without a sultry vampire. El Vampiro is concocted with Amaras Mezcal, Manzanillo Sherry, Crème de Cassis and a dash of salt. Sip on this blood red cocktail and spook the undead!
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Get freaky with a Freak Show! Made with Hibiscus infused Absolut Elyx, Pimm’s, Madeira, Grapefruit and Bitter Lemon soda, this sweet-and-sour cocktail is a guaranteed freaking good time.

Growing up you’d give the neighbors a scare with a game of ding-dong ditch. The adult version is much better. Order a Ring-a-Ding with Coriander Singhani, Smith & Cross Rum, Cantaloupe Lemongrass Shrub and Egg Whites…this is one drink you won’t want to run away from.
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Zombie Run
Ever wondered how you’d react in a Zombie Apocalypse? Sign up for the 6th annual ZombieRunner Halloween Marathon on October 29th in Walnut Creek. Dress up in your Halloween finest because the only thing better than winning a race is receiving gold for a costume contest as well!

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Whether you’re going all out and committing to an entire weekend of shenanigans or just planning on sipping some dangerously good cocktails, we’ve got the tricks and the treats. Have a spook-tacular Halloween!

 

PlumpJack Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Throughout the month of October, PlumpJack businesses are joining the cause to help raise awareness and raise funds for Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). CPIC’s mission is to prevent cancer and to reduce its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. For the past 18 years, PlumpJack has raised more than $3.5 million on behalf of CPIC, primarily through the annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic.

Approximately one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. We’re proud to list our businesses that are making a difference and supporting the fight against cancer. See list of businesses below and their offering:

  • Participate in #RoséAllDay at Balboa Cafe San Francisco, BCMV and Wildhawk. A portion of Rosé sales will be donated throughout the month of October.
  • PlumpJack Wine & Spirits Noe Valley and Marina locations will feature Tessa’s Cuvée with 100% of the sale of this wine going to CPIC.
  • PlumpJack Cafe at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn features Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose for $10 a glass and $40 per bottle. Plus, a featured specialty cocktail for October – La Pantera Rosada, a blood orange margarita with Herradura Silver, blood orange puree, fresh lime juice, and Solerno blood orange liqueur for $12.
  • Odette Estate, PlumpJack Estate and CADE Estate Winery will donate a portion of their pink merchandise sales, including proceeds from pink Swell bottles sold in the tasting rooms. These amazing water bottles are a must have, keeping your water (or wine) cold for hours!
  • The Hideaway in Carmel will donate sales from homemade cookies and pink retail items.
  • Enjoy a Pink Negroni at Forgery – $2 of each Pink Negroni, made from Gin, Luxardo Bitter Blanco, and topped with a Rose Miraval Floater, will be donated to CPIC.
  • Dance the night away at MatrixFillmore, a portion of the door will be donated.

Every cent counts, so get shopping, sipping and dancing.

About CPIC
CPIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working solely to prevent cancer. Our research and education programs work in tandem to address the causes of cancer and provide resources to support cancer survivors. For more information visit cpic.org

Top Spots to Experience Views & Food in San Francisco

Fall may mean apple picking, pumpkin patches and breezy air across the country; however, in Northern California the turn from September to October symbolizes a few weeks of sunshine, warm temperatures and the opportunity to go outside and explore without fear of Karl the Fog. Take advantage of the sunshine and work up an appetite with one of San Francisco’s many city hikes and then check-out nearby restaurants and watering holes. Lace up your hiking shoes and charge your phone because you’re about to get some Insta-worthy views and food in San Francisco.
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It’s classic for a reason. One of the most beloved hikes in the city, Twin Peaks is favored amongst tourists and locals. It’s sweeping views and relatively easy climb means it can get pretty crowded. However, follow an insiders tip and skip the Christmas Tree Point entrance and climb up Eureka Peak to take in stunning views without the fanny pack clad tourists.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Head to the tiny Pomelo Restaurant in the Inner Sunset on Judah St. featuring an eclectic menu of Asian and European dishes. Try the Koh Samui – a spicy coconut curry with long beans and chicken over Jasmin rice, it’s especially comforting on a foggy evening. If you’re looking for an award-winning Bloody Mary and a nice table outside, head to Finnegan’s Wake in Cole Valley.
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Bayside Trail
From the Batteries to the Bluffs, the Bayside Trail is less than a mile but you’ll still get your sweat on since it’s jammed pack with tons of stairs. Not to worry, roundtrip this hike offers countless views from the Golden Gate Bridge to sea lions hanging around the coast. We’d be remiss not to mention the history of the Bayside Trail. The hike kicks off at an old lighthouse that used to be a searchlight shelter during World War I and II. Keep your eyes open for rabbits, hummingbirds and the occasional gray fox!
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Louis’ Restaurant is a classic diner that has great views of the ocean and a good breakfast and burger option, the fish n’ chips are also pretty tasty. It’s not flashy like the Cliff House next door, but the views are just as nice and price tag is a little easier on the wallet. If you’re looking to enjoy your post hike on the lawn with a cold beer and some snacks, go to Park Chalet adjacent to the Windmill at Golden Gate Park.
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Kirby Cove
As we swing into fall, we must mention Kirby Cove. Best known for its swing above the bay, Kirby Cove remains one of the ultimate hiking destinations just north of the city. Autumn is the ideal time to visit Kirby Cove, take a look up and scan the skies for migrating hawks, falcons and other birds. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, trek the steep trail directly to the cove and explore a grove of cypress, eucalyptus and pine trees. The views of San Francisco from the swing are gorgeous.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Balboa Cafe Mill Valley (BCMV) is the next town over just a short distance from Sausalito located in the bucolic town of Mill Valley at the base of Mt. Tamalpais. Chef Howard Ko brings the fresh flavors of California to its modern American Bistro menu. BCMV offers the most exciting wine and cocktail experience in Mill Valley with unrivaled selections of premium spirits and an extensive collection of wine that is selected to complement Chef Howard Ko’s menu. View Menu

Views of San Francisco from Coit Tower

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You can’t talk about views in San Francisco without featuring the iconic Coit Tower perched above North Beach/Telegraph Hill neighborhood. Some may it’s a tourist trap but if you avoid the actual tower and find a perch along the edge of the hill, you’ll get to experience some of the most scenic views of the Bay and the Financial District.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Grab a square slice at Golden Boy Pizza (the clam and the combo are favorites) on Green St. between Columbus and Grant and take it to go for a nice picnic while you enjoy the view at Coit Tower or saddle up to the bar and get a glimpse of old San Francisco with a dash of punk.  If you’re looking to rest your aching feet after a day of walking, pop into Orginal Joe’s for a full Italian-American meal featuring reasonably priced cocktails, wines on tap and big comfy booths. We recommend sitting in the bar to experience some local flavor.

 

PlumpJack Group Acquires Ladera Vineyard

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Ladera Winery located on Howell Mountain

The PlumpJack Group is excited to announces the purchase of an 82-acre Howell Mountain vineyard and winemaking facility from Ladera Vineyards, which will be a natural extension of CADE Estate Winery, the first organically farmed LEED Gold Certified winery estate in Napa Valley founded by partners John Conover, Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty. The acquisition is an ideal step for the ongoing evolution of The PlumpJack Group and CADE as a highly successful producer of acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard is planted to 74 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and three acres of Sauvignon Blanc, providing a significant increase in premium quality, estate vineyard grapes for the CADE winemaking team. As part of the acquisition, Ladera Vineyards will continue to source fruit from the vineyard moving forward.

In this photo supplied by Cade Winery, Cade winery receive Gold Lede certification for their winery on Saturday May 1, 2010. Photo by John Storey/Cade Winery

Photo by John Storey/Cade Winery

“This is an extraordinarily exciting step for us as we approach CADE Estate’s tenth vintage,” said John Conover, managing partner and general manager of CADE Estate Winery. “We are honored to assume the responsibility for the stewardship of this remarkable piece of land. It is a beautiful property that has been impeccably planted and farmed, and is now producing some of the best fruit in the Napa Valley.”

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Cade Vineyard on Howell Mountain

Located atop Howell Mountain at an elevation of more than 1,600 feet, the vineyard has been producing high quality grapes since 1877. In addition to acquiring the vineyards, the purchase includes the historic production facility, which CADE Estate Winery plans to use for elevated guest experiences and private events. Ladera Vineyards will continue to host tours and tastings at the winery through the end of the year and produce their 2016 vintage on-site. While CADE is purchasing a vineyard and winemaking facility from the Stotesbery family, it is not acquiring Ladera Vineyards, which will continue to make Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc from select hillside and mountain vineyards.

“While we have loved our role as the stewards of this special place, because our children have decided to pursue careers outside of wine, our Howell Mountain home had grown a bit big for us,” said Pat Stotesbery, Ladera’s Proprietor. “This sale will ensure that this remarkable vineyard and its winery are in great hands for decades to come, while allowing us to focus all of our energies on making the best wines possible for Ladera.”

The historic Howell Mountain winery, the 13th bonded winery in California, was one of the valley’s early gravity-flow facilities featuring the most modern technology of the era. “As leaders in green grape growing, winemaking and architectural practices today,” said Conover, “we feel a special kinship with this winery and the founders’ commitment to modernity and relevancy.”

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Cade winemaker, Danielle Cyrot

Typical of Howell Mountain, the vineyard boasts rich, volcanic soils that produce bold, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon and fresh, crisp Sauvignon Blanc. CADE Estate Winery will continue to produce its flagship varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc under the leadership of Winemaker Danielle Cyrot.

“This expansion of CADE Estate Winery speaks to the passion of The PlumpJack Group,” said Gavin Newsom, partner of The PlumpJack Group. “We are proud to continue the legacy of this extraordinary Howell Mountain estate.”

The acquisition of the Howell Mountain vineyard and winemaking facility adds to The PlumpJack Group’s impressive portfolio of award-winning wines, innovative restaurants and luxury resorts, each with a focus on the individual experience. “It has always been in PlumpJack’s growth plan to expand our presence in Northern California wine country, and we couldn’t have found a better fit with the acquisition of the neighboring vineyards from Ladera,” said Jeremy Scherer, co-president of The PlumpJack Group. “Not only is the vineyard and the land spectacular, we are very excited about expanding CADE Estate’s offerings.”

About CADE Estate
Perched high upon Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain among a dramatic hillside of Manzanita trees, CADE Winery is a unique, state-of-the-art facility producing an exquisite Estate Cabernet as well as an enticing Sauvignon Blanc and a rich Cabernet Sauvignon from local artisanal grapes. Having received its Gold LEED certification in 2009, CADE is the greenest winery estate in California. The name CADE derives from a Shakespearean term used for an oak cask or barrel. The estate comprises more than 54 acres, 21 of which were planted as vineyards in 2003. CADE is dedicated to the production of world-class wines through environmentally conscious innovation and is one of the architectural showplaces of Northern California’s wine country.

 

Conversations with Hilary: Academy-Award Winner, Blye Faust

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Blye Faust with husband Aaron Faust at the Golden Globe Awards 2016

Blye Faust, Award-Winning Film Producer & Interior Designer
After a brief hiatus from Conversations with Hilary (lots of fun projects to be announced), I am back, and excited to feature my friend, the talented and dynamic, Blye Faust. Blye is not only the mother of two young boys and the wife of my friend Aaron Faust; she is a former entertainment lawyer, an accomplished interior designer, and maybe most impressive of all, is her role as Executive Producer of the award winning film, Spotlight (2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture). This powerful film is not to be missed, if you have not seen it, please put it on your list of films to watch.

Blye is gracious and funny, and as always, I so enjoy getting to know the people that I admire even better through Conversations with Hilary. I hope you love this “Conversations” as much as I loved the interview. Blye’s true spirit really shines in these simple and straightforward answers.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment? 
My dudes (otherwise known as my family).

What qualities do you think others love about you? 
Reliable and steady to a fault; you will find no drama here!

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
An author with something to say.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career? 
I get to pursue my passion and tell stories about people who inspire me on a daily basis.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? 
Check my email (I wish it wasn’t so, but it’s true).

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Blye Faust’s husband Aaron with their two boys

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Hang out with my family after a long week.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Horses & books.

What are you passionate about now?
Telling stories.

What’s your favorite season and why? 
Summer and all its possibilities; there is a freedom and carefree nature to it all that doesn’t come with the others.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Classic martini.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? 
Hamilton soundtrack.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? 
Queen Elizabeth I.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Good To Be Here

Do you have any regrets? 
Never having officially lived in New York City for a period of time.

Define Freedom. 
The ability to share the truth without fear of repercussion.

What are your personal core values? 
Have fun, be kind, work hard, and think outside the box.

What three things would you bring with you on a desert Island? 
My two boys and my husband – surely the four of us together can figure out a way off…and have a few laughs in the process!

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Blye & Aaron Faust with their son.

Keep up with Blye on her blog ispybyblye.com