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It Takes a Forklift to Raise a Wine
It didn’t take long before we fell hard for Pinot Noir. We were living in San Francisco and Matt was working at Bacchus & Venus in Sausalito, right at the moment when the Sideways effect was propelling California Pinot Noir to new heights. After the drive home across the Golden Gate Bridge, he would usually arrive at our shoebox apartment with a leftover bottle or two from the day’s tastings. We would eat dinner and drink some incredible wines, and think about our future. Was it possible to one day make our own Pinot Noir?
Suddenly it was 2007 and we were engaged and driving a U-Haul to start a new life in Sonoma County. After an internship at Siduri, Matt began working at Vinify, a custom crush winery full of people who were living their winemaking dreams. It was an ambitious, contagious environment. The bug bit hard, and it was not long before we purchased our first ton of grapes.
Vaughn Duffy is now part of the boom of first-generation winemaking families in California. We feel lucky to be living in a time when hard work, creativity and a little help from your friends can trump the need for huge amounts of capital investment. Two kids who didn’t really know any better can now get their wine on the shelf next to the icons who inspired them to make wine in the first place. We invite you to be a part of the journey ahead.
All the best,
Matt Duffy & Sara Vaughn
Family owned and operated businesses are an important part of the US economy. To earn this tag, a winery has two or more family members involved, and the majority ownership lies within the family.
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2017 Suacci Pinot Noir | 2018 Sauvignon Blanc | 2018 Russian River Pinot Noir
Rich and juicy Pinot Noir. Fresh-picked blackberries, Santa Rosa plum, and Asian spices.
Flavors of pink grapefruit, lemon sherbet, and honeydew melon compliment this refreshing wine.
This wine highlights the fruit intensity found in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2018 North Coast Old River Red | 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Hopkins Ranch | 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River
Carignane is the soul of this blend, providing fruit, spice and soul to the wine.