Napa Narrative | Shafer Vineyards

Passion – a new perspective from a Napa classic…Enjoy!


binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML 

Today’s Exclusive:

Shafer Vineyards | Stags Leap District,  CA.


Wine making pivots on people plush with passion. Passion which may not make much sense to others.

In 1973, Chicago publisher John Shafer uprooted his family and a successful career to grow grapes in northern Napa Valley. 1973 proved quite a year, not just for John Shafer and his family, but for the ‘valley within a valley’ he chose to plant his vines, a region he would later help designate as Stags Leap District.

In 1976, fortune smiled when the Judgement of Paris blind tasting awarded first place to a 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon from this region of Napa, overshadowing illustrious French entries such as Mouton-Rothschild and Haut-Brion. That day launched a legend.

So named for a stag once observed leaping over a cliff, Stags Leap District (not to be confused with Stag’s…

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