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The Wine Spectator profiles Silver Oak and Twomey to highlight “CEO David Duncan’s 50-year plan to elevate the wines, innovate in the vineyards and cellars, and solidify the brand's place among the most beloved California fine wines."
We aren’t the only ones stoked on oak!
David Duncan, Silver Oak Cellars CEO, shares perspective on the business of making wine, and how the drought in Napa Valley is impacting the business.
Winemaker Dan Baron and the team at this longtime Napa Cabernet estate have made big changes at the winery, and they show in the 2010 vintage.
The ‘Sideways effect’ is being reversed and consumers are starting to fall back in love with Merlot according to one of California’s top producers.
The quality of the skins is the determining factor as to whether a red wine will be good or not according to the chief winemaker of Silver Oak in California.
San Francisco Gate
Prime picnic locations along Westside Road in Healdsburg.
Coasting on past success can doom even a popular winery; here's how one company is staying in the conversation.
Healdsburg: the new California wine destination
San Jose Mercury
Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars President and CEO, David Duncan, is a founding member of the Silverado Pickups. This is a band made up of vintners looking to make good music while enjoying fine wine.
“What oak brings to your wine: Tannin, flavors, aromas”
A look into how oak type and quality influence wine.
“8 Haute Red Wines You Should Buy Right Now”
Great red wines worth drinking right now.
“Silver Oak Cellars and Its Mastery of the Wine Universe”
Wilfred shares his impression of Silver Oak’s 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and tells of the traditional Release Day event to celebrate the new release.
“Valentine’s Day ideas for her: gifts for women under $100”
TimeOut suggest gifting an etched bottle of Silver Oak to your Valentine.
“Here Are The Best Wine And Cocktail Pairings For Every Course”
Sam Dangremond gives his recommendations on food and wine or cocktail pairings.
Twomey 2012 Pinot Noir is the suggested wine gift for your foodie girlfriend.
Tracy Byrnes sees Twomey leading the revival of Merlot, "Sure #lifeisacabernet, I agree. But open your mind and try a merlot again. You'll be so happy you did."
President and CEO David Duncan discusses the impact of California's drought on wineries and the demand for wine in the US market.
Saveur's Betsy Andrews sat down with our Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron, to review the 2009 vintage of Silver Oak's Napa Valley Cabernet and Twomey's Soda Canyon Vineyard Merlot.
The Drinks Business broke the story on our two future Winemakers for Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars; Nate Weis and Erin Miller.
The Daily Meal
The Daily Meal profiled their favorite wineries of the Alexander Valley including Silver Oak!
In a Q&A with celebrity chef and food writer Candice Kumai, she lists Silver Oak and Twomey as two of her favorite things.
Town and Country
Silver Oak made a cameo at the welcome party for Town & Country's new wine writer Jay McInerney in an article titled "8 Tips For Throwing a Great BYO Party"
ELLE.com ran a feature on where to travel, eat and drink for the ultimate wine country escape and chose Silver Oak as their personal favorite pick. Our CEO, David Duncan, is quoted throughout giving expert tips.
Bloomberg was on hand to wrap up their coverage of Auction Napa Valley 2014 with co-chair and Silver Oak CEO, David Duncan and family.
Sonoma's Press Democrat gave a rundown preview of Auction Napa Valley while profiling its co-chairs David Duncan of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars and his partner Jeff Gargiuolo of Gargiulo Vineyards. The two bonded not only over their love of winemaking, but also music making.
Leading up to their coverage of Auction Napa Valley 2014, Haute Living provided this great profile on our CEO, David Duncan and shared this history of the Napa Valley's greatest philanthropy.
Grammy award winning musician David Pack recently released his newest album along with some help from his wine industry friends including our President, David Duncan.
The Daily Meal
The Daily Meal is helping the ladies out with Valentine's gift ideas for the men in their lives and have recommended our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
"Don't you want to get fancy? The 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet from Silver Oak ($70, silveroak.com) tastes amazing-it's elegant and floral (and) will take your already awesome dinner over-the-top in the best way."
Click here for the full article.
Yahoo Shine featured our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in their Holiday Gift Guide.
Elle Magazine adds our 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Gift Set to their "Holiday Under $100 Gift Guide"
Sunset Magazine included Twomey Sauvignon Blanc in their "Decoding Wine Labels" article.
Twomey's Pinot Noir program is restoring author John Mariani's faith in California Pinot producers.
U.S. Airways Magazine
Silver Oak is a must-stop according to U.S. Airway's in-flight magazine.
You can see why here.
Wall Street Journal
The one requirement to any custom Wine Cellar? According to cellar builders, Joseph and Curtis, it's Silver Oak Cabernet.
Read more here.
The Drinks Business forecasts that Twomey's 2013 Merlot will be California's Best
Read more here.
"Don't assume, for instance, that watery domestic brews are the only acceptable alcoholic pairings for hard-hitting NFL action. Wine also works. We recommend picking up a Cabernet from Silver Oak. Peyton Manning gives his retiring teammates cases of the stuff—and when it comes to anything football-related, it's best to trust Peyton's instincts." - Sports Illustrated
Read more here.
Forbes Profiles the Silver Oak Cellaring Program
Forbes discusses the Silver Oak Library Program: "For 41 years, California's Silver Oak winery has done just one thing, and done it very, very well – they make Cabernet Sauvignon, excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, and nothing but Cabernet Sauvignon. It's hard to beat these prices anywhere in the world of fine wine, and in this case you know the provenance and storage of what you are buying."
Read more > Forbes.com.
Our CEO, David Duncan, was interviewed by the Huffington Post on the rise of the American wine drinker, California's place in the global wine market, and his personal favorite local hot spots.
See the interview here.
Silver Oak has always prided itself on taking risks and mixing traditional winemaking techniques with emerging technology. In this profile from Business Insider, our Winemaker, Daniel Baron, discusses the adoption of vine sensors developed by Oakland-based Fruition Sciences in Silver Oak and Twomey's vineyards.
Check the tech here.
Cosmo suggests that an etched bottle of Silver Oak would make a great wedding gift in their guide on "How to Survive Wedding Season".
See it here.
Enjoy this great profile on our Winemaker, Daniel Baron in Interview Magazine by author Alexandria Symonds.
Click here to read it.
Ever wondered what the CEO's of your favorite brands have on their desks and in their offices? In this ongoing series in Haute Living, Silver Oak and Twomey CEO, David Duncan shows what keeps him busy and inspired in his office.
Click here to see David's desk.
Chuck Hayward of JJ Buckley wrote an amazing historical profile on Silver Oak. Read
Click here to read it.
Orange Coast Magazine
Orange Coast Magazine named our Twomey 2011 Russian River Pinot Noir as their "Must Try Wine of the Week".
Check out what writer Rusty Gaffney had to say about it here.
About.com named our Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir their Wine of the Week.
Read the review here.
The Boom and Bust of Wine with Silver Oak C.E.O. David Duncan
Our C.E.O. David Duncan swung by Bloomberg TV's "Market Makers" to discuss the current state of the wine industry and the rise of American wine consumption.
Watch the interview here.
Silver Oak C.E.O. David R. Duncan on CBS This Morning
Our C.E.O. David visited the CBS This Morning newsroom to discuss the surge in American wine-buying and the best wines for Summer alongside award-winning somellier and author Josh Wesson.
Watch the video here.
Silver Oak's Library Wine Program Profiled in Forbes
"Well-aged and carefully stored wines are rare and typically quite expensive. Most wineries put a little aside, but Silver Oak has long kept a deep selection of past vintages available for in-store purchase at the winery, online or by phone…It's hard to beat these prices anywhere in the world of fine wine, and in this case, you know the provenance and storage of what you are buying."
For the full article, visit Forbes.com.
2012 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir named #1 by The San Francisco Examiner
We're proud to have been chosen as the #1 Pinot Noir at the 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Fest by Examiner.com, the online portal to the San Francisco Examiner.
For the full article, go to Examiner.com.
Wine Enthusiast Reviews our 2008 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Steve Heimoff of the Wine Enthusiast writes:
"It's easy to see why Silver Oak remains so popular with the restaurant crowd. It's made in a more restrained style than many other Napa Cabs. There's plenty of berry and currant fruit as well as oak, but it's accompanied by tobacco and herbs that give the wine an earthiness. What the wine lacks in dazzle it more than makes up for in elegance and subtlety. Should develop well for at least a decade."
For the full review, please click here.
Wine & Spirits Magazine Selects '10 Twomey Bien Nacido Vineyard and '10 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir as "Year's Best Pinot Noir."
Our 2010 Twomey Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir has been included in Wine & Spirits Magazine's "Year's Best Pinot Noir."
"This wine's charm is immensely apparent in its pure scents of roses and wild strawberries. It's an elegant, harmonious pinot noir, the fruit clean, bright and savory, gripped by fine, earthen tannins." For the complete review, please click here.
Wine & Spirits also included our ‘10 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir in the "Year's Best Pinot Noir" category. For that full write-up, click here.
Twomey takes first place in the American Wine Society's 2012 National Tasting Project
We're so happy to announce that 2009 Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir took first place in The American Wine Society's National Tasting Project. The project gives American Wine Society chapters across the United States the opportunity to sample the same group of wines in a blind tasting. This year the varietal was Pinot Noir and 65 chapters, representing 1,482 tasters in 26 different states participated in the National Tasting Project. This represents the largest number of tasters in the event's history!
For the full breakdown of the tasting, here.
Wine Enthusiast Reviews our 2008 Napa Valley Merlot
Steve Heimoff of the Wine Enthusiast writes:
“Made with a drop of Cabernet Franc, this Merlot is rich, smooth and bone dry. With modest alcohol, it brims with flavors of black and red currant, licorice, anise and white pepper, as well as a subtle touch of sweet, smoky new oak. The grapes come from the cool Soda Canyon area of Napa Valley, at the base of Atlas Peak.”
Wine & Spirits Magazine Selects our '08 Alexander Valley Cabernet As One Of "Year's Best Cabernet Sauvignon"
Our 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has been included in Wine & Spirits Magazine's "Year's Best Cabernet Sauvignon" article! Joshua Greene of Wine & Spirits Magazine says,
“Like a savory claret pumped up on performance-enhancing California climate, this is nuanced and relatively austere for all its bold, plumy fruit. The supple richness of tannins lends it textural finesse, the quality of Silver Oak that may be most responsible for its legend. The alcohol is finely integrated so as to be imperceptible. Still youthfully floral, this will age with grace.”
For the complete review, please click here.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine Reviews our 2008 Alexander Valley
Steve Heimoff of the Wine Enthusiast says,
“This lovely wine shows the soft tannins and herbaceousness you often find in Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons. That dried herb taste accompanies blackberry and black currant fruit. It's classic Silver Oak, dry and elegant. Drink now – 2016.”
For a copy of The Wine Enthusiast's review of 2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, please click here.
Jon Bonné of SFGate.com Praises Our 2010 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
In Jon Bonne's article in SFGate.com "A Thanksgiving splurge: Santa Barbara Pinot Noir" he writes:
“Winemaker Ben Cane's efforts at Silver Oak's sister winery have mostly been focused up north, but here they reach farther afield. Polished and a bit sweet, this takes Bien Nacido's rich fruit and matches it with wonderful acidity and a roasted-spice aspect that never pushes into the cola realm. Light on its feet, and very much in line with Twomey's current style.”
To read the full article, here.
Twomey Praised by New York Times
The New York Times' Eric Asimov said "(Twomey's) 2009 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir was one of our favorites, bigger and softer but with both finesse and intensity."
To read the full article, here.
2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine and Spirits Magazine, December 2011 Issue - Year’s Best Cabernet Sauvignon
During a blind tasting, Joshua Greene ranked our 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the year’s best Cabernet Sauvignons. “This is a dark-fruited and floral ’06, with more of the tobacco and green herb character than most growers in Napa Valley allow Cabernet to express. This varietal character adds complexity and firm structure to a rich and sleek wine. Cellar it for several years to let the oak integrate into fruit, then serve with prime rib.”
The Tasting Panel’s Meredith May selected our 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as one of her Publisher’s Picks of the Month and gave it three and a half lips!
“I gave the Silver Oak 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon an enthusiastic thumbs-up!” – Robert Whitley
2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet
“An amazing effort, the sultry and thoroughly enticing ’07 Silver Oak
Alexander Valley Cabernet steps up to the plate in a most serious manner; long,
with sweet tannins in the end.”
– Wilfred Wong, Cellarmaster at Beverages and More
“Bright, full red-ruby. Musky blackberry, tobacco, tar and chocolate on the
nose, plus a note of dill. Plum, raspberry and tobacco flavors are intensified by
sound acidity, with the musky quality carrying through in the mid-palate.”
– Stephen Tanzer
The Prince of Pinot Praises Our 2009 Pinot Noirs
William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D., also known as the “Prince of Pinot”, is the creator and writer for PinotFile, an online newsletter that was the first wine publication exclusively devoted to Pinot Noir.
Gaffney recently visited Twomey in Healdsburg and tasted with our President and CEO David Duncan and Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron. From his response, it appears Gaffney is just as pleased with the quality of our 2009 Pinots as we are. “I was struck by the improvement in the wines compared to the last few vintages,” Gaffney said. “it is evident that Baron and Cane are dialing it in.” He later mentions that our 2009 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir is “a love letter from heaven.”
Please read Gaffney’s full and detailed article here.
Napa Valley Register Tastes Our New 2009 Pinot Noirs
On April 30, 2011, we will release our four 2009 Pinot Noir wines from Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Santa Maria Valley, Bien Nacido Vineyard.
L. Pierce Carson with the Napa Valley Register sat down with our Pinot Noir Winemaker Ben Cane and Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron to talk about Twomey and taste our four 2009 Pinot Noirs.
Carson said,“The tasting lasted about an hour ... we couldn’t believe our palates ... the wines were so good that we kept asking questions and learning more and more about the tracts where the fruit was harvested as well as Cane’s cellar handiwork.”
To read the full article, please click here.