Behind the Vines: Wolf Family Vineyards

Wine tasting is a transporting experience from the sound of the clink-and-cheers, to the taste that allows you to vividly recall a special moment; and visiting places where the wine is made like Wolf Family Vineyards in St. Helena, is truly magical.It’s sipping a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon next to a lush vineyard setting or swirling a glass of Sauvignon Blanc amidst the vines of an organically farmed estate. Wolf Family Vineyards, in the heart of Napa Valley, is wonderful and distinctive experience. It’s the simple pleasure of drinking good wine.

The journey began when Jane and Doug Wolf embarked upon adventure in Napa Valley, not to start a business, but, like many others, to enjoy good wine in good company—by the most picturesque and beautiful places on Earth. It was that simply joy which led them to buy their first property, plant vines, and harvest their first crop to share among family and friends. Winemaking evolved from a hobby to true fruits of their labor. Their innate passion, stemming respect for the land and a love for wine to be shared.

Wolf Family Vineyards has remained small and family-owned throughout, never making more than 1000 cases per year, yet still earning high praise for the integrity of its wine.”

Wolf Family Vineyards has four varietals in artisanal quantities, hand made by Karen Culler, winemaker emeritus. Karen has been with the team from the start, crafting top-quality wines for nearly two-decades with Wolf Family Vineyards. Varietals include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Phaedrus. Each soul-warming, pleasing on the palette and an overall encompass of the Wolf Family Vineyard’s motto: “no compromises”.

Even though, all of Wolf Family Vineyards wines are wonderful—from their punchy reds to their delicate whites—we have two favorites that we’re going to highlight. Both wines are exceptionally well-balanced, delightful to sip—offering something unique for every palate.  The 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, and we must say, we love these wines the most during the winter season and here’s why.

The 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a spectacular vintage with powerful and seductive fruit. It’s a gorgeous and lush Cab, a dream to swirl. It’s fresh acidity, balanced tannins and depth are everything you’ve come to know from a classic Napa Valley Cab. This wine combines rich notes of prominent blackberry and anise aromas, conjuring warm memories by the fire with loved ones. We love pairing this dynamic wine with spiced sweet potatoes, homemade Cioppino, and/or glazed ham. It’s a sheer vision to sip this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; well worth nabbing a bottle of two for the winter.

The 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, concentrated in refined aromatics of pear and grapefruit. It’s a fresh and bright palate that paints the picture of warm smiles, while flipping-through family photo albums. With each glass, we’re swirling plump and delicious flavors that are both graceful on the lips and elegantly refined. Every glass smooth and approachable. We’ve found that this wine is perfect for family get-togethers. It fits right in, especially when paired with pear sorbet, apple tarts, and/or gingerbread cookies.

Both varietals that we’ve highlighted are wonderful, distinctive and brilliant. If you’re spending this winter cozy at home—these are the perfect family wines for watching movies, playing boardgames, and lingering over good meals with good conversation. They’re equally matched for glitzy and glam soirees, where you’re looking to bring something unique and special. Every glass elicits vibrant cheers.

To purchase wine from Wolf Family Vineyards, please visit their website or sign-up for their mailing list as a small allocation of each vintage is offered to private costumers.


The wine industry: It’s part farming, part chemistry, part branding, and entirely art. Producing and selling wine is a process we think we know, but beyond the glass lies the real story of a winery and its winemakers.  The Napa Valley Film Festival team is proud to share the inspirational behind-the-vines stories we’ve had the pleasure of learning from our Vintner Circle members with you. 

By | 2017-08-14T14:39:38+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Festival, Food & Wine, News|0 Comments

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NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

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