What we stand by
100% of David Coffaro wine is estate grown on our 20 acre vineyard. David and Pat purchased the property in 1979 when Dry Creek Valley was a virtually unknown grape region. Dave has been working the vineyard since then, and he thinks this spot is special. We get more extreme temperatures than most of the valley with lower lows and higher highs. This allows the grapes to rest at night and develop during the day which helps retain acids. Our soil is loose and rocky with good drainage, a key to healthy vines. This combination results in wine characterized by lively acids and intense fruit.
Our vineyard is divided into 7 blocks. More than half of our vines were planted in the late 1800s and are primarily Zinfandel, Carignan, and Petite Sirah. In recent years, Dave has experimented by planting some lesser-known varieties that do well in our area including Lagrein, Souzao and Dave's personal favorite, Aglianico.
We source our popular field blend, Block 4, by harvesting all grapes in the 4th block together. Some vines are overripe and some underripe, resulting in the perfect balance.
Our Bordeaux-style blend, Aca Modot, is named from an ancient Pomo Indian village that was once located on a slight knoll in Block 5. This well-drained soil is still black from the campfires and produces some of the most vibrant fruit in our vineyard.
The map to the left shows the layout of the first 4 blocks of our vineyard.
The man, the legend.
Pat runs the office. She's the person you're most likely to reach on phone or email. Remember, Giants fans get priority treatment.
Catarino (aka "Cat Man") is our vineyard manager and has been with the winery since 1998! In addition to running the vineyard, he also maintains two impressive vegetable gardens on the property.
Salvador has also been with the winery since the beginning. He works side by side with Catarino in the vineyard, and also helps with winemaking, shipping, and facilities.
Martha is Catarino's wife and though a more recent full-time employee, she has been crucial over the years during bottling, harvest, and special events.
Catalina joined our tasting room during the fall of 2012. She's known for her cheerful personality, vast wine knowledge, and for planning amazing wine events.
Another member of the Flores family, we have known Jose since he was about 16 and came to help his parents during bottling. Jose now spends most of his time assisting with winemaking, the tasting room, and shipping.
Our tallest employee. Josh specializes in picking figs off our tree, changing lightblubs, and reaching the top rack of barrels. He's also Dave's assistant winemaker.
Jesse is another memeber of our tasting room. He's a former Coast Guardsman, current MBA student, and long-time Dave's Club member. Make sure to ask him about food and wine pairings when you visit!