Category Archives: CADE Estate Winery

What Dads Want: Five Gift Ideas from PlumpJack


PlumpJack’s perfect gift-giving ideas for your favorite Dad – Sunday, June 15th.

  1. Dads like the great outdoors or they like pretending that they like the great outdoors.
    Surprise Dad with the Cast n’ Catch Fly Fishing package from PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. In addition to fishing instruction by one of the best outfitters, Matt Heron Fly Fishing School, dad also gets a bottle of CADE in his room and some tasty treats.pj 082
  2. Dads like big, bold wines with muscle.
    Buy Dad a 2010 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon or 2009 CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Or you could take him to all three of our wineries in Napa for a day of wine tasting and then he can choose his own wine(s).PJ_Wines__048
  3. Dads like interesting and unusual beers that need to be sourced by beer experts who are in-the-know.
    PlumpJack Wine & Spirits in Noe Valley has one of the largest selection of Belgian Ales and microbrews in Northern California, and a great Beer of the Month Club, where dad will get his beers shipped to him directly for about $25-30 per month.  Carneros_17
  4. Dads enjoy staring at the stars while vacationing with a loved one.
    Better yet, staring at the stars from The Carneros Inn in Napa after eating, drinking and lounging by the pool all day. Cap it off with a Starry, Starry Night package.IMG_2645
  5. Dads usually enjoy a nice juicy burger and the best Bloody Mary in San Francisco with their buddies at Balboa Cafe San Francisco.
    Enjoy the famous Balboa Burger at Balboa Cafe San Francisco in the month of June and proceeds from that burger help the Glogau Teddy Bear Rescue Fund that provides aid to families whose children are undergoing lifesaving treatment at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Dad will feel better knowing it’s not all about him.




A PlumpJack Winery Update

Bring on the new year.

2011 gets started today, January 10, 2011. Kind of a peculiar date to start the New Year huh? Well, in my world today is a historical day and something that I have been looking forward to for quite a long time, in fact something is going to happen today that has never happened before. My name is Ryan Keith, I am the Marketing Manager for PlumpJack Winery and CADE Estate, I am from Salem Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon and today my Oregon Ducks play in the BCS National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers. Yes, once this game is complete, win, lose or draw I will be ready to put 2010 behind me and focus on 2011. But alas, the game has not happened yet, even though, by the time you read this it most certainly will have but I digress lets take a look back at the fond memories of 2010.

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A Harvest Blog by PlumpJack Winemaker Tony Biagi

The 2010 harvest is upon us. Three weeks ago I was driving down the Silverado Trail and as I was passing Mumm, I spied hundreds of FYB’s (an insider acronym for F-ing Yellow Bins) on their crush pad. When you see these and you make Sauvignon Blanc you know you have about three weeks left of summer until crush hits, so it’s time to get crush equipment sanitized and set up, the 2009 red wines racked and put down for slumber and gear up your mind for crush.

Crush is extremely stressful, tiring, demanding and frustrating. Crush, however, is my favorite time of year! Not only are you a winemaker, you become a weatherman, camp counselor, strategic planner, mechanic, and I am sure my cellar crew would tell you a bit of a psychopath (oh I am sure they would call me worse.)

Weatherman, because every day in wine country during harvest we all look at the 5-day forecast making harvest decisions from them. I know more about jet streams, high pressure systems, off shore flow, and El Nino than I care to admit. Being a weatherman helps me with my next job which is negotiator.

For a lot of our growers, the crop they sell is their livelihood. I need to treat all of our growers with respect and dignity, we are in this together. However, sometimes the fruit needs to come off the vine and sometimes it needs to stay on. It is my job to talk with these growers and access their situation while calmly explaining to them CADE and PlumpJack’s situation. In the end you need to make a decision that is best for the winery but not one that totally leaves the grower hung out to dry- in essence a good partnership. This is where the negotiation comes in. Once the fruit is at the winery, the next three job titles come into play.

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Sustainability in the Family Wine Business

Marston Family of Marston Family Vineyard

Talking about balance sheets over birthday cake? Promoting one child to vice president over another? These are just a few of the issues family businesses face on a day-to-day basis. Add to these the dynamics of long term family planning and the complications of the ever-changing wine industry in Napa Valley and the prospect of effectively transitioning the first generation of a family wine business to the second or third becomes seemingly impossible.

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Traveling the country expounding on PlumpJack and CADE

Tales from the Road… a blog by PlumpJack Winemaker Tony Biagi

Most people think that after harvest winemakers just sit around and taste wine all day-and there is some truth to that!!! When the weather turns cold and the vines go dormant the winemaker puts on a different hat, the traveling salesman hat and this is the side of the wine business that most consumers are not aware of.

This year I will travel to 7 markets in the first 6 months of the year. Some of the market visits are part catching up with old friends on the distributor level (always good to see the guys at Republic Beverage in Texas and Classic in Colorado), as well as meeting new people in restaurants and retail shops across the United States. It is very enjoyable to chat with fans of PlumpJack and if they do not know yet introduce them to the wines of CADE. We are very lucky to have such a strong group of distributors!!!!!

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CADE and PlumpJack Score with Robert Parker!

Holiday treats arrived early in the form of exciting news from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. December is his yearly review of Napa Valley and both PlumpJack and CADE received incredible scores and very high praises.

2007 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 95+ pts
2007 cade Napa Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 91+ pts
2007 CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 90+ pts

2007 PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 99 pts
2007 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 95 pts
2007 PlumpJack Syrah 93+ pts
2007 PlumpJack Merlot 92 pts

Here are a few notes from his review…

2007 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 95 pts
This is our very first release of this wine. When we had purchased this vineyard back in 2005 no other winery had ever made wine from this phenomenal site so not only is this the first Estate Cabernet Sauvignon produced by CADE but it is the very first wine produced and released from our Estate. Also of note, the very first PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was the 1995 vintage and it also received 95 points and we all know the path that PlumpJack has gone down. Needless to say we are extremely excited about our first Parker rating but even more excited to taste future vintages of this wine as our vineyard matures and evolves.

2007 cade Napa Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 91+ pts
Once again Mr. Parker marvels at our selection of vineyards to blend into this wine making it one of Napa Valley’s finest values.

2007 CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 90+ pts
While reading Mr. Parker’s review of our third bottling of our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon one sentence really stands out; “ closed at present, but appears to be loaded with potential.” This note really stands out because of the + symbol associated with the score. This is certainly a wine of remarkable opulence and intensity and we can’t wait to release and taste this wine next summer when it is released with a tad more bottle age.

2007 PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 99 pts
Yeah, not much we can say here. Back in December of 2007 we knew we had a special wine being barreled down and it is so exciting to see two+ years of detailed work pay off with such high praises. This is our highest score we have ever received by a full 3 points by Parker. This score makes us so happy. If you would like to pass on your congrats to our winemaker Tony Biagi you can email him at With all that being said, please remember we only made 500 cases of this wine and it will be released September 2010.

2007 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 95 pts
This is the highest rated PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon we have received to date. It also happens to be our wine with the largest production at PlumpJack but at the same time the most sought after. With a retail price point of $78/bottle it is tough to find a better value.

2007 PlumpJack Syrah 93+ pts
Beyond the 93+ point score given to our Syrah by Mr. Parker are the flattering remarks noted in his tasting notes; “One of Napa Valley’s finest Syrah’s is PlumpJack’s offering”. The PlumpJack Syrah is not a favorite amongst our loyal customers for nothing.

2007 PlumpJack Merlot 92 pts
Did we read this correctly? A Merlot that received 92 points? No way, could it be? Well don’t act so surprised, it’s delicious, always has been and we are looking forward to its resurgence.

Without further ado here are Mr. Parker’s detailed notes on all of our wines. Please note that in Parker’s wine notes, the notes for the PlumpJack Reserve are next to the PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon score and the PlumpJack Estate notes are next to the PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon score.

PlumpJack and CADE Harvest in Napa Valley

PlumpJack Winery and CADE Winery harvest notes from Winemaker Tony Biagi…

PlumpJack Harvest

There are two great feelings during harvest 1) the day you start and 2) the day the last load of grapes finds its way into the auger. In 2009 that day was October 25th. Harvest is now completed at PlumpJack Winery and as of this writing we have two tanks still macerating. Most of the 2009 red wines have been barreled down and the whites have been racked and sulphured. I am just going into the cellar for the first time and tasting the fresh 2009 wines. At this point I feel we have a very strong vintage in barrel. The rains, which fell in mid October, did not affect the quality of the wine. The wines at this stage are black and teeth staining but tannins are supple and round. If I had to compare it to a vintage I would say a hypothetical blend of 2007 and 2006.

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CADE Crush on Howell Mountain

CADE Hospitality Manager DJ Nielsen talks Crush at CADE…

Harvest is here at CADE Winery and it could not be any prettier or smell better up here at CADE Winery. Our cellar staff has been working in overdrive over the last couple of weeks as each day brings new grapes from some of our local farmers up here on Howell Mountain. The excitement of the grape harvest has also peaked the creative mind of Estate Chef Kent Nielsen as he works his magic in our kitchen preparing unique dishes to pair with our CADE Wines. Over the last few weeks our Estate Garden has supplied us with Heirloom tomatoes in every color, shape and flavor giving us flexibility for pairing with not only the CADE Sauvignon Blanc but our CADE Cabernet Sauvignon’s as well. We also just received some Aged Black Garlic from our produce purveyor that is fermented in soy which is a flavor profile of our newly released 2006 CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. We are playing with all sorts of applications you will soon see on the Food and Wine pairing menu.

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New Seasonal Menu at CADE and Harvesting from Ink Grade

CADE Winery

This week’s Food and Wine Menu
Oven Dried Heirloom Tomato Tart with Mint

Braised Durac Pork Shoulder with Aged Black Garlic and Roasted

Fall Vegetables of French Carrots, Parsnips and Mixed Marbled Potatoes

Classic Gougère, Herbed Almonds & Mimolette Cheese

Call DJ Nielsen, Hospitality Manager at CADE Winery, to set up your tasting and tour. CADE is harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon from Ink Grade in the Howell Mountain appellation today! See Winemaker Tony Biagi and his team in actuion as the grapes arrive. 707.965.2746

Crush! 2007 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay and 2006 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

A word from Josh at the PlumpJack Winery…

Greetings from PlumpJack Winery!

It will be an exciting day at PlumpJack Winery on Friday, October, 10 2009. We have the pleasure of crushing eleven tons of Pat Garvey Vineyard’s 2009 St. Helena Chardonnay. Our crush pad is located adjacent to our hospitality room, which creates a great chance for your guests to see our winemakers doing what they love most– making PlumpJack wines. As an added bonus to crush, we will also be featuring our 2007 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay and our 2006 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon for

your guests and friends to sample and purchase. The Cabernet is only being poured one day a week at PlumpJack due to the dwindling inventory on hand.

The 2007 Reserve Chardonnay is a perfect match to prior vintages. Primary aromas of baked apple, Bartlett pear, banana, and pineapple give way to flavors of pineapple, guava, apple cobbler and cinnamon spice cake. In its youth this wine posses striking acidity and after a year of bottle age you can expect this wine to develop rich mouth coating textures of classic full bodied chardonnays. Given the wine’s natural acidity, this wine is firm enough to age for 3-4 years.

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