Sbragia in the News
September 22, 2014
Sbragia Zinfandel wins GOLD at Sonoma County Harvest Fair!
The results are in and we are proud to announce that our Estate Zinfandel, La Promessa received a GOLD MEDAL at the 2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair!
"The name of this wine -- and the vineyard from which it is sourced -- means "The Promise" in Italian. It was chosen for the promise I made to my father to continue our family's long winemaking tradition in California. The vineyard is located next to our winery on a rocky, southwest-facing slope that is arguable in the warmest part of the Dry Creek Valley. Planted in 1999, the vineyard is still relatively young; 2012 marks our seventh vintage of this wine." 636 cases produced.
- SILVER - 2012 Gino's Estate Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
- SILVER - 2012 Italo's Vineyard Zinfandel, Alexander Valley *Not yet released
- BRONZE - 2012 Home Ranch Chardonnay, Dry Creek Valley
May 16, 2014
Written by Julie Fadda Powers
"I like wines that don't hurt me," says Ed Sbragia, owner/winemaker at Sbragia Family Vineyards, of his style when it comes to making his Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc. "At first we only used grapes from the Home Ranch vineyard, but then we expanded to include the Schmidt Ranch vineyard. The result is a more mild, rounded flavor." When he says "we," he's referring to both himself and his son, Adam Sbragia, since they're a father/son winemaking team. "He does all the work and I take all the credit," says Ed with a smile. The family's winemaking philosophy follows Ed's father, Gino's, motto: "Keep the cellar clean and the barrels topped." It strives to use the best grapes and a minimalist approach with 100 percent French oak barrels (the amount of new ones used depends on the grapes).
January 19, 2014
Written by Mindy Joyce, @Winerycritic
The winery with the most stunning views of Dry Creek Valley has to be Sbragia Family Vineyards. An easy 10 minutes drive from the Healdsburg Plaza, this is the place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine, or bring a picnic and spend a few hours in the sun on their outdoor terrace.
On one side of the terrace you'll see the sweeping vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley, and the other side, the slopes leading up to the dam at Lake Sonoma. You may well recognize the Sbragia name due to its accomplished owner, and winemaker Ed Sbragia. Ed is considered wine royalty in this area, after winning more awards than any other winemaker in history, many during his 32 year history as the winemaker at Beringer Vineyards in the Napa Valley. [Read More]
January 9, 2014
Written by Cecile G. Mauricio / Fermentations
I REMEMBER taking home the empty bottle of the Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006. This was the wine that my friends Kathy and Ramona had me blind taste many dinners ago-and the one that forever changed the Anything But (California) Chardonnay syndrome that had plagued me then. French? "Nah...Californian!" my friends blurted out gleefully. I was trounced, humbled, chastised, embarrassed. I wanted to crawl under the table and hide there until at least the next course. [Read More]
December 28, 2013
Written by Hayley Hamilton
Ed Sbragia made a name for himself as winemaker for Beringer for many years. When he stepped down from Beringer he and his son created Sbragia Vineyards, to honor his father and his family name. Today they make stellar, spicy Dry Creek Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon with personality. Their La Pomessa fills the palate with spicy, a touch of smokiness, ripe red fruit and blackberry jam, great for serving with beef, hearty Italian dishes, smoked turkey or pork belly.Â [Read More]
December 12, 2013
A Conversation with Adem Sash, Sommelier Del Frisco's, Malibu, CA
Written by Fred Dame, M.S.
Fred Dame: Adem, the last time I saw you was in New York City at Del Frisco's Double EagleÂ Steakhouse. What a great surprise to see you're working on your tan here in Santa Monica!
Adem Sash: I have been with Del Frisco's for six years. The New York Double Eagle, TheÂ Dallas Double Eagle & Grille and now here at the Santa Monica Del Frisco's Grille.
Fred: We're tasting two wines today, Pio Cesare's 2012 Cortese di Gavi and Ed Sbragia's 2009Â Gino's Vineyard Zinfandel from Dry Creek. It's the beginning of winter, but I wouldn't knowÂ it here in Santa Monica. I love Gavi for its elegance and unique flavor qualities. And for Del Frisco's steak, it would be hard to beat one of Ed's classic Zinfandel's. [Read More]
July 31, 2013
Written by James Laube
As Napa Valley Cabernet vintages go, 2003 was a year in which to shop carefully or not shop at all. This was one of the weakest years of the era, comparable to 1998 and 2000, both in structure and in the paucity of stellar wines.
With a wet spring and cool summer interspersed with several heat spikes, 2003 was difficult from the start, vintners said. By harvest, achieving ripeness and body while avoiding excessive tannins was a challenge across the board. [Read More]
December 31, 1996
Beringer Vineyards 1994 Private Reserve Chardonnay takes top honors.
Written by James Laube
We never ranked a Chardonnay No. 1 before, but non has ever been this compelling. Sure, California Producers have made great Chardonnays, but mostly in Burgundy-size lots of a few hundred cases that make them instant collector's items. Beringer has pulled off a minor miracle - 19,000 cases of this ripe, creamy, complex wine, packing in tiers of pear, honey, hazelnut and butterscotch flavors. [Read More]