I also thought of Vincent Arroyo but don’t remember them ever being here or on WW. Forgot about the Bridge whatever wines, never bought them.
I also thought of McClean Vineyards, ha! Still have some of those delicious Syrahs and just drank my only 2011 Viognier of theirs over the holidays. Too bad they rode off into the sunset on their Harleys. I remember there was some leftover juice and we were disappointed that WD didn’t make a bulk buy and turn it into a Woot Cellars wine!
Visited Chehalem Mountain wineries on our honeymoon. Must have missed Adea and Lemelson but we enjoyed Raptor Ridge. Hawks’ View Cellars was a favorite and was previously on WW but IIRC, WD said they changed ownership. Would be thrilled to see them make a comeback or even better, some Patricia Green? Or Ponzi?
@MarkDaSpark Meh, the difficulty level of a clue is entirely in the eye of the beholder. Unlike most of the ones I’ve correctly guessed, this one required a bit of research. But most of them I don’t even try…toddler craves attention.
I had the St. Bernard part but couldn’t reconcile it with what I assumed was a Petaluma Gap reference. I kept trying to figure out how Keller or Kendric or Pech Merle related to a St. Bernard.
Volstad Act (Prohibition) took effect 100 years ago.
Maybe another Virage offer? (Virage founder Emily Richer discovered wine in culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Greystone being one of the pre-Prohibition wineries involved with CWA.)
Or since the link mentions a Lanza selling a lot of wine, perhaps the Lanza Family’s Wooden Valley Winery?
A clever businessman, by the name of Horatio Lanza, saw the months leading up to Prohibition as an opportunity and purchased 1.3 million gallons (the equivalent of 6 million bottles of wine) from the CWA and sold it at a high profit margin.
So so glad to have this winery back on. Hard to get. Hard man to negotiate with. So not the type of deals you’ve seeing lately. But man the wines can be other worldly. Didn’t have to travel too far to keep knocking on their door.
@radiolysis I had a fleeting thought of something like that, and no doubt that’s the connection, but I kind of like believing in the Shakespeare angle. It’s almost as unintuitive a hint as the actual one WD thought up!