Good Wine, Good People

By: Todd Templin | VP of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: August 21, 2017

One of the magical things about the food & beverage industry is the people. Our palates often fall in and out of love with the next great flavor profile and our eyes are mesmerized by the cool new packaging or beautiful vistas surrounding our favorite food locales worldwide. But it often comes down to people behind these great flavors, especially in the case of wines.

Bruce and Barbara Neyers of Neyers Vineyards always impress me with their dedication and passion for great food and wine, whether they're visiting us in Dayton or welcoming us to their Napa Valley vineyards. Bruce was a longtime associate at Joseph Phelps Vineyard and continues today as a national guru for Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants. In 1991, Bruce and his wife Barbara (herself of restaurant Chez Panisse fame) purchased their Conn Valley property. Their wines are made from sustainably farmed fruit grown with as little intervention as possible. Bruce’s philosophy says it all: “All of our wines are made with an eye for quality, and a deep-seated passion for excellence.” We could not agree more! I hope that if a bottle of their wine finds its way to your dinner table, that you sit back and also reflect on the wonderful people in your life!

2014 Neyers Left Bank Red: Hailing from organically farmed Cabernet and Merlot vineyards on the "Left Bank" of the Conn River, this Bordeaux-style blend shows zesty raspberry and wild berry at the forefront, followed by more intense fruit and tannins.

Neyers Sage Canyon Red Blend: Rich and layered with tiers of vibrant red berry, pomegranate, black licorice, spice, and cedar, this wine is a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Try it with this recipe for Steak with a Tomato-Olive Salad.

Neyers Zinfandel: The hillsides are strewn with quartz that was brought to the surface during the formation of the Sierra Foothills. The clusters here are small and packed with the delicious Zinfandel flavors of wild berries and jam. A perfect wine with grilled chicken or BBQ ribs.

Neyers Chardonnay: This lovely wine is full of honeysuckle, toasted oak, and vanilla from Carneros fruit.