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Silver Oak & Twomey Are Pleased to Announce Our New Winemakers!

POSTED 7/11/2014 7:24:55 PM COMMENTS

We are happy to announce  that Nate Weis has joined Silver Oak as our future winemaker and Erin Miller has been named as our new Pinot Noir winemaker for Twomey.  Both will immediately begin managing wine production from grape to bottle and serve as ambassadors for their respective wineries.  Nate and Erin will fall under the direction of Daniel Baron, Silver Oak's current Winemaker and Director of Winemaking for Silver Oak and Twomey.  

“Nate and Erin embody the intelligence, vision and energy of our culture – characteristics that ensure the thoughtful guidance of Silver Oak and Twomey into the future,” said our CEO David Duncan.

Nate Weis, Silver Oak WinemakerNate is a Napa Valley native and second generation winemaker and joins Silver Oak with over ten years of experience, having previously worked with Patz & Hall Wine Company, Etude Wines, and most recently as Winemaker for Antica Napa Valley and Aril Wines. He will become only the third Winemaker in SilverOak's 42 year history following in the footsteps of our Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron and our co-founder, Justin Meyer.  In 2014, he was selected as a “Professional to Watch” by The North Bay Business Journal in its annual ’40 Under 40′ awards. He holds a BS in Biopsychology/Neuroscience from UC Santa Barbara, an MS in Viticulture & Enology from UC Davis and an MBA from Sonoma State University.

Erin Miller was most recently with Provingage Wine Associates, working for Evening Land Vineyards as California Winemaker and Oregon Assistant Winemaker and managing four boutique wineries. Previously she worked for Hartford Family Winery and Kendall-Jackson’s Vinwood Cellars. Erin earned her MS from UC Davis, and holds a BA in Mathematics and Russian Language Studies from Lewis and Clark College. Prior to entering the winemaking profession, Miller spent nearly three years in the U.S. Peace Corps based in Niger, West Africa. 

Coincidentally, Weis and Miller worked together previously, collaborating on research into Grape Berry Shrivel while earning their Masters degrees at UC Davis. That work resulted in the publication of ‘Inception, Progression and Compositional Consequences of ‘Berry Shrivel’ Disorder’ in The American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.

“Nate’s roots in the Napa Valley and the wine industry, his deep experience with Cabernet Sauvignon and his relentless focus on continuous improvement – one of our core values – make him an excellent match for Silver Oak,” said Daniel Baron, Director of Winemaking for Silver Oak and Twomey.

He continued, “Meanwhile, Erin’s passion for vineyard-driven winemaking and her reputation for crafting site-specific Pinot Noirs are qualities that are sure to benefit the continued development of the Twomey Pinot Noir program.”

We are very excited to have added Nate and Erin to our Winemaking team and we look forward to telling you more about them in the months to come! 

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We are Happy!

POSTED 4/2/2014 10:01:03 PM COMMENTS

We are happy! We are colleagues who work in Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, but we are more like a family. We share a passion for what we do, for our corner of the world and for each other. When we come together as a group, magic happens and we wanted to share our Happy-ness with you. Here is a behind the scenes look at our family.

Thank you to Pharrell Williams for creating such a joyful, inspirational song and for partnering with the United Nations Foundation to create International Day of Happiness. A day to encourage people to take action to support the UN and to create a happier world for people everywhere. #HAPPYDAY

Thank you to Napa Valley Balloons, Inc. for allowing us to be Happy at 1,700 feet!

A HUGE THANK YOU to our incredibly talented videographers Dina Mande and Chelsea Schmitz of Juice Media www.hellojuice.com. You are family and you make us feel like a room without a roof!



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Wine-ter is Coming!

POSTED 2/6/2014 10:55:03 PM COMMENTS

Winter In Wine Country.

A common misconception is that the Summer or Fall Harvest are the best time to plan a visit to wine country, but might we suggest a little Winter wine getaway? 

Here are a few reasons why Wine Country in Winter is a great time to visit:

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We Have Yet To Make Our Best Bottle of Wine

POSTED 1/22/2014 10:04:14 PM COMMENTS

We have a saying at Silver Oak and Twomey:  "We have yet to make our best bottle of wine."  This founding philosophy extends to everything we do and as you'll see here, it also means something different to each of us.

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Napa Valley Release Day is Coming!

POSTED 1/8/2014 11:29:01 PM COMMENTS

We’re excited to celebrate the release of our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on Saturday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at our Oakville winery.

This is the 31st vintage of our Napa Cabernet and the first vintage where we employed the use of Berry Sensory Analysis in our Napa Valley vineyards, allowing us to pick fruit at optimal ripeness.

Our Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron, describes the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet as “a ripe, rich, layered, yet elegant wine.  It has a dark, ruby color and a complex nose of cassis jam, mocha, violets and nutmeg.  On the palate, the wine has a delectable berry-laden entry and a rich, mouth-coating mid-palate.  The tannins are beautifully integrated and the wine has a long, satiny finish.”

 To learn more about our newest vintage, Berry Sensory Analysis and favored pairings from Daniel and our President David Duncan, check out this video! 


 We hope you'll join us for our Release Day celebration here in the Napa Valley on Saturday, February 1st.  Tickets are available here.   

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