Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Who do you know who has a birthday in January?


More Fess Friends than you can shake a stick at!!!


Sounds delicious!


The Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard Story



Fess Parker’s portrayal of the frontiersmen Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone during the 1950’s and 1960’s garnered him a legion of adoring fans spanning many generations. It might well be said that Fess’s similarity to those straight talking, hardworking country gentlemen is what endeared him to millions and helped him achieve success in the business world when he made the decision to walk away from Hollywood in the early 1970’s.


Originally from Texas, Parker enrolled at the University of Texas following his tour of duty in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He graduated from UT with a degree in history in 1950. After moving to California he worked on his Masters degree in drama at the University of Southern California. Parker began acting professionally in 1951 as a stage performer in the national company of Mister Roberts. In 1954 the stars aligned and Walt Disney cast Parker in the title role of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.


In 1964 Parker began filming the network television series, Daniel Boone. During the shows six year run as one of the highest rated shows on television Parker starred, co-produced and directed five of its most popular episodes. Parker also continued to star in numerous box office hits for Disney, Paramount and Warner Brothers’ Studios while simultaneously laying the foundation for his second career in real estate development.


Blending his gracious Texas manner and a tremendous eye for real estate Parker opened his first resort hotel in Santa Barbara in 1986. Set on 23.5 ocean front acres, The Fess Parker, a Doubletree by Hilton, is situated on Cabrillo Boulevard in the heart of Santa Barbara’s waterfront.


Parker’s next business adventure took him inland to the Santa Ynez Valley to follow the lure of the county’s promise as a world-class wine region. Parker purchased a 714 acre ranch on what is now known as the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail and set out to make wine of the highest quality made from estate grown grapes and the best vineyards in the county. The Fess Parker Winery is still family owned and operated and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014. The winery has received critical success and numerous awards including Eli Parker and his successor winemaker, Blair Fox, being named the Andre Tchelistcheff Wine Maker of the Year in 2006 and 2008 respectively.



In 1998 Parker purchased what was then known as The Grand Hotel, just down the road from the winery in Los Olivos. The charming 19-room inn, now called the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa was completely renovated in 2012 and is a Preferred Boutique property.


Fess Parker and his wife, Marcella, were married for 50 years and lived in Santa Barbara for over 30
years. They raised two children and have 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Fess passed away in March of 2010. We miss his wisdom, his smile and his wonderful friendship.  And the Winery continues the fine tradition of excellence.  Check out these awards:


2016 Vintage
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
89 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
88 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
88 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
2015 Vintage
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
93 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
91 points ~ Wine Spectator
91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
SIERRA MADRE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
92 points / Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
PARKER WEST CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
92 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
CLONE 115 PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
SANFORD & BENEDICT VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
94 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92+ points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
92 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
POMMARD CLONE PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91+ points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
90 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
PARKER WEST PINOT NOIR
94 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
OLDER BARREL PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Wine Spectator
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
90 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
CLONE 2A PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
STA. RITA HILLS PINOT NOIR
90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
91 points / Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
RODNEY'S VINEYARD VIOGNIER
92 points ~ Los Angeles International Wine Competition
91 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
89 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
MARCELLA'S
90 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
89 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
88 points ~ Wine & Spirits


2014 Vintage
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
93 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Wine & Spirits
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
93 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
PARKER WEST VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
93 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SIERRA MADRE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate,
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
88 points/Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
POMMARD CLONE PINOT NOIR
94 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
CLONE 115 PINOT NOIR
94 points ~ Wine Enthusiast


93 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
OLDER BARREL PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
CLONE 2A PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
STA. RITA HILLS PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Wine Spectator
PARKER WEST VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
93 points / Cellar Selection ~ Wine Enthusiast


90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
91 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
88 points ~ Wine Spectator
88 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
THE BIG EASY
90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
MARCELLA'S
95 points / BEST WHITE RHONE BLEND / Double Gold Medal ~ San Francisco International Wine Competition
88 points and Best Buy ~ Wine & Spirits Magazine
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
88 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
RODNEY'S VINEYARD DRY RIESLING
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY RIESLING
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
RODNEY'S VINEYARD VIOGNIER
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
89 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
88 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous


2013 Vintage
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
93 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
93 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
90 points ~ Wine & Spirits Magazine
PARKER WEST VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
SIERRA MADRE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
PARKER WEST VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90+ points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
POMMARD CLONE PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
CLONE 115 PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
CLONE 2A PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
90 points / Cellar Selection ~ Wine Enthusiast
90+ points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
OLDER BARREL PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
STA. RITA HILLS PINOT NOIR
90 points / Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
88 points ~ Wine Advocate
88 points ~ Wine Spectator
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
92 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
91 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
89 points ~ Wine Spectator
89 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
88 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
THE BIG EASY
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
RODNEY'S VINEYARD DRY RIESLING
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY RIESLING
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
RODNEY'S VINEYARD VIOGNIER
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast


2012 Vintage
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY -
94 points and Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
93 points ~ Wine Advocate
92 points ~ Wine & Spirits
91 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
90 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Gold Medal ~ The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
94 points ~ Wine Advocate
93 points and Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Terroirist.com
90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
SIERRA MADRE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Terroirist.com
LAZY F RANCH CHARDONNAY
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Terroirist.com
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
90 points ~ The Tasting Panel Magazine
87 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
92 points and Cellar Selection ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
93 points ~ Wine Advocate
CLONE 115 PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90+ points ~ Wine Advocate
OLDER BARREL PINOT NOIR
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
STA. RITA HILLS PINOT NOIR
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
92 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
88 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
88 points ~ Wine Spectator
THE BIG EASY
96 points / BEST RHONE BLEND / Double Gold Medal ~ San Francisco International Wine Competition
93 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
RODNEY'S VINEYARD DRY RIESLING
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY RIESLING
88 points ~ Wine Advocate
87 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Highly Recommended ~ Jeff Siegel "The Wine Curmudgeon"
RODNEY'S VINEYARD VIOGNIER
91 points and Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Wine Advocate
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
88 points ~ Wine Advocate


2011 Vintage
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
93 points ~ Wine Advocate
92 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
91 points ~ Connoisseurs' Guide
90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
89 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal ~ San Francisco International Wine Competition
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Wine Advocate
SIERRA MADRE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Wine Advocate
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
89 points ~ Wine Advocate
88 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Wine & Spirits
93 points ~ The Tasting Panel Magazine
92+ points ~ Richard Jennings
91 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
89 points ~ Wine Advocate
Gold Medal ~ the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
BIEN NACIDO PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine & Spirits
90+ points ~ Wine Advocate
CLONE 115 PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Wine Advocate
91 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
POMMARD CLONE PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
STA. RITA HILLS PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
89 points ~ Wine Advocate
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Wine Advocate
90 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
90 points and Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
89 points ~ Wine Advocate
THE BIG EASY
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Wine Advocate
89 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Top Red Wine at The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
RODNEY'S VINEYARD DRY RIESLING
88 points ~ Wine Advocate
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY RIESLING
88 points and Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
Recommended by The Chicago Tribune
RODNEY'S VINEYARD VIOGNIER
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
89 points ~ Wine Advocate
88 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
88 points ~ Connoisseurs' Guide


2010 Vintage
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Wine & Spirits Magazine
89+ points ~ Gary Vaynerchuk at The Daily Grape
87 points and Named as one of the Top Values in California by Wine Spectator
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
91 points ~ James Suckling
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
Named in Top 100 Wines of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle
BIEN NACIDO CHARDONNAY
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
SIERRA MADRE CHARDONNAY
91 points ~ Wine Advocate
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine Spectator
Gold Medal ~ the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
BIEN NACIDO PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Wine Spectator
CLONE 115 PINOT NOIR
92 points and Cellar Selection ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Richard Jennings
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
91 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
Gold Medal ~ the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
POMMARD CLONE PINOT NOIR
89 points ~ Wine Advocate
STA. RITA HILLS PINOT NOIR
90 points ~ Wine Spectator
Named as one of 9 California Values by WineSpectator.com
Gold Medal ~ Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
92 points and Cellar Selection ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
91 points ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
91 points ~ Connoisseurs' Guide
90 points ~ Wine Advocate
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
93 points ~ Wine & Spirits
88 points ~ Wine Advocate
THE BIG EASY
91 points ~ Wine Advocate
90 points ~ The Tasting Panel
RODNEY'S VINEYARD DRY RIESLING
88 points ~ Robert Parker
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY RIESLING
89 points ~ Robert Parker
88 points and Editor's Choice from Wine Enthusiast
RODNEY'S VINEYARD VIOGNIER
89 points ~ Wine Spectator
89 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
93 points and Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
88 points / Wine Of The Day ~ Wine Spectator, March 11, 2013
88 points ~ The Rhone Report
PARKER FAMILY RESERVE WHITE
91 points ~ Robert Parker


2009 Vintage
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
92 points ~ Robert Parker
92 points ~ Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel Magazine
90 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
88 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ James Suckling
90 points ~ Robert Parker
89 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal ~ San Francisco International Wine Competition
BIEN NACIDO PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Robert Parker
93 points ~ Quarterly Review of Wines
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
Top 10 Wines Of The Week ~ Steve Heimoff
CLONE 115 PINOT NOIR
92 points ~ Robert Parker
91 points ~ James Suckling
POMMARD CLONE PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Robert Parker
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PINOT NOIR
88 points ~ Robert Parker
Gold Medal ~ San Francisco International Wine Competition
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
92 points and Editors' Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ The Rhone Report
THE BIG EASY
90 points ~ Wine & Spirits
89 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
89 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
89 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
Gold Medal ~ the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY RIESLING
Recommended in WineSpectator.com article "10 Charming California Values"
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
90 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
89 points ~ Robert Parker
88 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
88 points ~ The Rhone Report
88 points and Recommended in WineSpectator.com article "12 California Whites for $40 Or Less"
Double Gold / Class Champion at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition


2008 Vintage
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
95 points/Editor's Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
93 points ~ Robert Parker
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
96 points /E ditor's Choice / #2 in Top 100 of 2010 ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 points ~ Robert Parker
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHARDONNAY
93 points / Editor's Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast
88 points ~ Robert Parker
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Robert Parker
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
90 points ~ Burghound.com
90 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
Voted "Best of the Best" Pinot Noir by Quarterly Review of Wines
90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
89+ points ~ Robert Parker
89 points ~ Burghound.com
CLONE 115 PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
90 points ~ Robert Parker
88 points ~ Burghound.com
POMMARD CLONE PINOT NOIR
89 points ~ Burghound.com
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PINOT NOIR
88 points ~ Robert Parker
87 points ~ Burghound.com
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ The Rhone Report
89 points ~ Robert Parker
THE BIG EASY
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ The Rhone Report
89 points ~ Robert Parker
Double Gold / Reserve Class Champion at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
90 points ~ The Rhone Report
88 points ~ Wine Spectator
RODNEY'S VINEYARD VIOGNIER
89 points ~ Robert Parker
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
88 points ~ Robert Parker
87 points ~ Wine Spectator
Oct 15th 2010 Wine Spectator Issue: Named as a Central Coast Wine That Should Be On Your Wish List For Value


2007 Vintage
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
89+ points ~ Robert Parker,
87 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
ASHLEY'S PINOT NOIR
94 points / #25 in Top 100 of 2009 ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Allen Meadows at Burghound.com
90 points ~ Robert Parker
90 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
89 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Robert Parker
90 points ~ Allen Meadows at Burghound.com
87 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
93 points ~ Robert Parker
THE BIG EASY
91 points ~ Robert Parker
88 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
AMERICAN TRADITION RESERVE SYRAH
90 points ~ Robert Parker
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
87 points ~ Robert Parker
Recommended by The San Francisco Chronicle


2006 Vintage
ASHLEY'S CHARDONNAY
89 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
91 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
RODNEY'S VINEYARD SYRAH
93 points ~ Robert Parker
91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Wine Spectator
90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
90 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
Best of the Best / Five-Star Rating ~ Quarterly Review of Wines
Double Gold ~ San Francisco International Wine Competition
BIG EASY SYRAH
92 points ~ Robert Parker
92 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Wine Spectator
90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer
Best of the Best ~ Quarterly Review of Wines
89 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
AMERICAN TRADITION RESERVE SYRAH
91 points ~ Robert Parker
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH
88 points ~ KensWineGuide.com
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VIOGNIER
88 points ~ KensWineGuide.com

Source: fessparker.com

Land Ho!



In 1799, Boone, then in his mid-60s, moved with his extended family from Kentucky, which achieved statehood in 1792, to present-day Missouri, then under Spanish control and known as Upper Louisiana. The Spanish, who wanted to encourage settlement in the area, welcomed Boone with military honors and granted him 850 acres of land in the Femme Osage district, west of St. Louis. They also waived the requirement that all immigrants had to be Roman Catholic and made Boone a syndic, or magistrate, of the Femme Osage district, responsible for settling disputes among settlers.

In 1800, the Spanish ceded the Louisiana Territory to France, and three years later the U.S. gained control of it with the Louisiana Purchase. Boone subsequently lost his land claims because he hadn’t followed the proper procedures to gain permanent title to the land. After the frontiersman petitioned Congress, President James Madison signed a bill into law in 1814 giving Boone his 850 acres; however, he soon had to sell the property to pay off Kentuckians who’d heard the news about the grant and traveled to Missouri to collect on old debts. Missouri became America’s 24th state in 1821, a year after Boone’s death.

Source: history.com