Shafer News


Video: Making a Shafer Barrel

In this new video we invite you to discover what goes into making a Shafer wine barrel. Go with winemaker Elias Fernandez as he visits Demptos Napa Cooperage, one of several barrel-makers we working with, as he keeps an eye on the whole process – from selecting the staves, toasting the interior of the barrel, sealing, and finishing, to delivery to the winery.
 

VIDEO: Celebrating 20 years of Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

VIDEO: The Beauty and Pace of the 2016 Harvest

Take a quick behind-the-scenes look at the fruit, the vineyards, the crush pad and cellar action – all a delicious preview of the wines that will be available in a few years! (1:16).

NBC VIDEO: Wi-Fi Winemaking -- NBC Bay Area Features Shafer Technology

VIDEO: Wi-Fi Winemaking -- NBC Bay Area Features Shafer Technology

Apps are joining barrels, bottles, and tanks as basic winemaking tools. In this news story our winemaker, Elias Fernandez, offers a tour of our latest technology in the vineyard and cellar.

VIDEO: Celebrating 20 years of Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

VIDEO: Celebrating 20 years of Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

In our new video Doug Shafer takes you to the vineyard where it all begins to show where the beauty in the bottle comes from.

VIDEO: Discover Stags Leap District – An American Wine Treasure

VIDEO: Discover Stags Leap District – An American Wine Treasure

Doug Shafer offers a quick then-and-now video tour of Stags Leap District, home of Shafer Vineyards, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its formation as an appellation.

VIDEO: Shafer From Above

VIDEO: Shafer From Above

Enjoy stunning views of Shafer Vineyards and our surrounding hillsides from the air.

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Shafer Donates Land to Help Wildlife Rehabilitation

Shafer recently donated five acres of land to Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County, which dubbed the site “Shafer Sanctuary,” and has built an aviary on it to rehabilitate wild birds. MORE

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Making TCA a Relic of the Past

At Shafer the Aromas and Flavors of ‘Corked’ Wine Are History. For more than 20 years the winemaking team at Shafer has been fighting TCA on multiple fronts and they’re winning. MORE

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Friendship in a Bottle

This year is a Shafer milestone as the trio of John Shafer, Doug Shafer and Elias Fernandez celebrate 30 years as a team MORE

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The Wall St. Journal talks with Doug Shafer about classic Napa Cabernet

London-based wine writer Will Lyons profiles the current state of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and speaks with Doug Shafer about producing classics. MORE

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Special feature: Once headed for extinction, today Chardonnay shines

Food and Wine writer Michelle Locke explores Chardonnay’s surprisingly shaky start in the U.S. and its rise to dominance and deliciousness. MORE

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Robert M. Parker reviews a complete vertical of Hillside Select

After tasting through a complete vertical of Hillside Select (1983 to 2013), Robert M. Parker, Jr. has published his tasting notes. Click here for a complete version (PDF). MORE

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James Laube of Wine Spectator tastes a complete Hillside Select vertical

Don’t miss James Laube’s report on a tasting of every vintage of Hillside Select (1983 – 2009) as well as the hillside estate Cabernets we produced in the late 1970s and early 1980s. (PDF) MORE

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Wine Spectator names 2008 Relentless “Wine of the Year”

Everyone at the winery was thrilled and honored when Wine Spectator editors named Shafer’s 2008 Relentless “Wine of the Year.” Click here to hear James Laube talk about the wine and why it was selected for this prestigious recognition. MORE