Patz & Hall, one of California's most highly regarded producers of single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, has been acquired by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.
The sale includes the inventory of acclaimed wines and interests in the winemaking facility and in the Sonoma House, Patz & Hall's beautiful visitors' center in Sonoma. Patz & Hall's grapes will continue to be sourced from some of the most renowned Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Sonoma Coast, including legendary winegrowing sites like the Hyde Vineyard, Hudson Vineyard, Dutton Ranch, Chenoweth Ranch, Gap's Crown Vineyard and Alder Springs Vineyard. All four of the founding partners – Donald Patz (national sales director), James Hall (winemaker), Anne Moses (California sales director) and Heather Patz (VIP brand ambassador) – will remain with the winery to provide expertise and ensure continuity with the winery's operations. "Patz & Hall is the ideal addition to our 'string of pearls' collection of domestic and international wineries," said Ted Baseler, Ste. Michelle's president and CEO. "The families who founded Patz & Hall have created extraordinary Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, which complement the iconic wines in our luxury portfolio," Baseler said. Patz & Hall's Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs consistently earn 90+ ratings from leading wine publications, particularly Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate, which endorsed Sonoma as a "viticultural Shangri-La for Pinot Noir (and) Chardonnay." Patz & Hall was not entertaining acquisition offers at the time Ste. Michelle expressed an interest in adding the winery to its string of pearls, but its four partners were intrigued by Ste. Michelle's strong reputation.
"We founded Patz & Hall in 1988," said Donald Patz. "While we had no intention of selling, we were actively planning for the future. The more we got to know the people of Ste. Michelle, the more impressed we were. Its wineries are pioneers and leaders in their respective regions throughout the world. They understand a winery like ours, and they know how to preserve what makes it special." "From our earliest conversations, it was clear that Ste. Michelle understood and shared our vision," said winemaker James Hall. "Our approach has always been to work with the very best vineyards to make wines that are benchmark expressions of their sites.
This will continue with Ste. Michelle. In fact, as part of finalizing the sale, we renewed our contracts with our best grower partners." Patz & Hall produces a collection of appellation and single-vineyard designated wines each vintage, including several vineyard-designate wines that are released exclusively to members of its Salon Society wine club. Patz & Hall's partners have established longstanding relationships with the families who own some of the greatest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in California. Using grapes from these renowned sites, Patz & Hall is recognized for making some of the New World's finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Quality is championed at every stage of the winemaking process from the winegrower partnerships to Patz & Hall's custom-made French oak cooperage and its state-of-the-art winery, which was designed exclusively for producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In addition to 90+ rated wines, including for the popular Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, Robert Parker observed that Patz & Hall "has a long and enviable track record…They rarely miss a beat and the wines are sure bets regardless of vintage conditions…(and) merit significant attention from all serious wine consumers."
Editors of Food & Wine magazine's Annual Buying Guide 2016 ranked Patz & Hall among "The only producers you'll need to know this year" due to "…an all-star collection of vineyard sources…Patz & Hall has become one of the country's most reliable sources for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir." Distributed throughout the U.S. to all channels, Patz & Hall enjoys a particular following among the on-premise trade. The WINEMETRICS Luxury Wine On-Premise Report (2014) ranked Patz & Hall among the Top 50 Luxury Producers with the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013 ranked #2 for by-the-glass and #8 for by-the-bottle. The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013 ranked #5 for by-the-bottle. "We have been impressed by the families' commitments to creating wines that authentically reflect the quality of the vineyards from which they are produced. I can't think of a better fit for Ste. Michelle right now," Baseler said. Zepponi & Company served as the exclusive financial advisor to Patz & Hall Wine Company and brokered the sale. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.
About Patz & Hall
The seeds for Patz & Hall were planted in the 1980s when assistant winemaker James Hall and national sales manager Donald Patz struck up a close friendship while working together at Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards. The two discovered a mutual enthusiasm for a rich and compelling style of wine made by applying traditional winemaking techniques to fruit from elite, small vineyards. Inspired to combine their winemaking and sales talents, James and Donald joined with partners Anne Moses and Heather Patz, to establish Patz & Hall in 1988. For more than 25 years, the partners have remained committed to handcrafting small-lot and single-vineyard wines, with an exclusive focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Produced using grapes from storied vineyards in the Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Mendocino County, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands, these benchmark wines embody a passionate approach to winemaking, and the diversity of world-class California winegrowing.
About Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is the third largest premium wine company in the U.S. The company, located outside of Seattle, Washington, has a distinguished history that dates back 80 years to 1934. Wines under the Ste. Michelle label were first introduced in 1967, and since that time the company has expanded its vineyard holdings to more than 3,700 acres in Washington and California. Today its 'String of Pearls' wine portfolio represents owned or imported brands that demonstrate the producers' unwavering commitment to creating distinctive, high quality wines from authentic estate vineyards. Ste. Michelle's Washington portfolio includes Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands, Northstar, Spring Valley Vineyard, Col Solare, Michelle sparkling wines, Red Diamond, and Snoqualmie. The company also owns Stag's Leap Wine Cellars (with Italy's Antinori family), Conn Creek and Villa Mt. Eden in the Napa Valley, and Erath, in Dundee, Oregon. In 2006, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates became the exclusive U.S. importer for the acclaimed Marchesi Antinori wine portfolio of Italy and Chile's Haras wines, for Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte of France in 2009, for New Zealand's Villa Maria Estate in 2010, for Spain's Torres in 2014.
Saltyard Hosts An Earth Day Beer Dinner Celebration with Creature Comforts Benefitting The Farmer Fund
5-Course Seasonal Tasting Menu Paired with Special and Limited-Release Creature Comforts Brews, Live Auction, and Raffle Benefiting The Farmer Fund
Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Athens, Georgia-based brewery, Creature Comforts, Executive Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard, local non-profit The Farmer Fund, and Atlanta's favorite beer personality, Ale Sharpton, are joining forces to host “An Earth Day Beer Dinner Celebration” benefiting The Farmer Fund at Saltyard on Friday, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The celebratory dinner will be the perfect chance to try two of Creature Comforts’ award-winning, year-round brews, Tropicália and Athena, and will provide guests the opportunity to sample the brewery’s more highly limited releases: Brettomatic, Emergence, and The King’s Ransom. Guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail hour from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. before being seated for dinner at 7:15 p.m. Chef Nick Leahy will present five courses, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert inspired by this Spring’s best local produce with featured Creature Comforts beer pairings. The evening will come to a close with a live auction and raffle hosted by Ale Sharpton. Cost is $69 per person plus tax and gratuity and includes dinner, paired beverages, and raffle entry. Guests must be 21+ to attend. Tickets for An Earth Day Beer Dinner Celebration are limited and may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, please visit http://ccbeerdinner.brownpapertickets.com or call Saltyard at 404-382-8088.
AN EARTH DAY BEER DINNER CELEBRATION MENU:
Passed house made Canadian bacon, Creature Comforts beer mustard on cheddar crackers
Emergence Limited Release Blonde Ale
Otter Bay oysters with Emergence & Meyer lemon granita
Athena Berliner Weisse
Charred local squash, herbed Atlanta Fresh Yogurt, Athena-chile-honey, boiled peanut gremolata
Tropicália American IPA
Pan-seared scallops, field pea and sweet corn succotash, country ham & tomato butter
The Kings Ransom Baltic Porter
Pastrami-cured smoked pork cheek, Vidalia onion champ, porter glazed baby carrots
Brettomatic Pale Ale
Strawberry & rhubarb pie, Brettomatic pastry cream, toasted oat crumb
Saltyard delivers a uniquely social dining experience encouraging guests to connect over internationally influenced small plates, craft cocktails and a mostly domestic wine and beer selection. Locally sourced ingredients are featured throughout the restaurant's seasonal menu and the open kitchen and floorplan make it a favorite spot for groups or those looking for a great chef’s table experience. Guests can expect warm, ambient lighting, reclaimed woods mixed with industrial metals and soft banquettes perfect for intimate meals. Saltyard is located in The Brookwood building in South Buckhead and complimentary valet is available in the building’s garage. For more information please visithttp://saltyardatlanta.com/ and connect on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/saltyardatlanta, on Twitter @Saltyard and on Instagram @Saltyard.
About Creature Comforts:
Creature Comforts is an Athens, Georgia based brewery offering finely balanced artisanal beers. Since opening its doors in April 2014, Creature Comforts has made an imprint in the craft beer community with its award-winning, year-round and special release beers. To learn more about Creature Comforts, contact Emily@ccbeerco.com or visit us online at www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com.
About The Farmer Fund:
Founded in 2015, The Farmer Fund exists to support farmers in the face of natural disaster and help keep farmers farming. We serve the farmers that feed Metro Atlanta through farmers markets, CSAs and restaurant sales. The Farmer Fund provides an economic "stop loss" for our agricultural producers after natural disasters which include but are not limited to tornado, flood, storms and damages resulting from them. We aim to help rebuild farms after natural disasters so that farmers can continue to serve our community. For more information please visit www.thefarmerfund.org.
Join Aspens East Cobb for a
Crafted Brands Wine Dinner!
Tuesday, April 26th – 7pm Hosted by Bayard Crawley, Managing Partner, Crafted Brands
Rudy Sauvignon Blanc, Napa ‘14
Vietnamese BBQ Braised Pork Belly, Noodle Bowl, Cucumber Kimchi
Von Strasser Gruner Veltliner, Diamond Mountain Napa ‘14
Rustic Pizza, Grilled Wild Mushrooms, Charred Spring Onions Garlic Herbed Chevre, Arugula, Poached Egg Square, Plumb and Level Red Wine, Dry Creek Valley Sonoma ‘13
Jarret de Boeuf, Horseradish Duchess Potatoes
Barigoule of Spring Vegetables, Black Cherry Gastrique
Von Strasser Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain Napa ‘12
Plum and Custard Tartine, Spice Yogurt Ice Cream
Toasted Macadamia Nuts Von Strasser Malbec Port, Diamond Mountain Napa ‘10
$68 per person, plus tax and gratuities
For Reservations (678) 236.1400
2013 Limited Release Kentucky Derby® Red Blend and new 2014 Stampede Red Blend Available Now Nationwide; Cooking Channel star Haylie Duff Shares Her Tips for a Festive Derby Party at Home with 14 Hands Wines PROSSER, Wash., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bring a taste of the Kentucky Derby® home with 14 Hands Winery! One of the top-selling wine producers in Washington state, 14 Hands is proud to release the bold 14 Hands 2013 Limited Release Kentucky Derby® Red Blend Columbia Valley and a brand new addition to their lineup, the robust 14 Hands 2014 Stampede Red Blend Columbia Valley.
The 2013 Kentucky Derby Red Blend is a limited edition wine, commemorating the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby and the winery's continued partnership with the "Run for the Roses,"™ four years running. Similar to the previous vintage, this sophisticated wine offers a harmony of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to provide a flavorful wine experience that showcases juicy Washington fruit character. The image featured on the front label is American Pharaoh and jockey Victor Espinoza, the winners of the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby and the 2015 "Triple Crown."
The 2014 Stampede Red Blend joins a successful family of red blends from the winery, including the perennial fan-favorite Hot to Trot Red Blend and the Kentucky Derby Red Blend. Stampede offers a lively combination of Syrah, Merlot, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Mourvèdre to provide a rich, flavorful wine experience. This full-bodied red blend features the aromas and flavors of spice, cedar, cola and cherry, with a lively acidity and a dramatic enduring finish. "Stampede is the perfect continuation of our great tradition of red blends," said 14 Hands winemaker Keith Kenison. "It is soft, approachable and shows loads of fruit. However, what really stands it apart is its richness. Stampede has flavors of cherry and dark berries and an interesting cola overtone. The blend relies on Syrah as the predominant variety, and I love the fact that the savory aroma of it belies the plush cherry flavor. It's an intriguing contradiction."
The 2013 Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend and 2014 Stampede Red Blend are available now nationwide and online on 14Hands.com at the suggested retail price of $12 each. For those who will be celebrating the Kentucky Derby from home, 14 Hands has partnered with actress and Cooking Channel star Haylie Duff for tips on hosting a lively Derby viewing party. "I love the Kentucky Derby. I've watched the races with my family since I was a kid, and it's such a wonderful experience—you just can't beat the horses, the fashion and that all-around Southern charm," Duff said. "I am delighted to help 14 Hands Winery bring all the revelry of the races home for a fabulous party with family and friends." As a proud sponsor of the Kentucky Derby for four years, 14 Hands will kick off Derby week at the seventh annual Taste of Derby™ on Thursday, May 5, where several 14 Hands wines will be poured and paired with signature dishes created by nationally renowned chefs. Various 14 Hands wines will also be featured at select Churchill Downs concessions and suites on Kentucky Oaks day, Friday, May 6, and Kentucky Derby day, Saturday, May 7. For Haylie Duff's tips and much more Derby fun, follow 14 Hands on Facebook at facebook.com/14handswine and on Instagram at @14handswine.
About 14 Hands Winery
14 Hands wines are inspired by the spirit of the wild horses that once roamed the arid landscape of eastern Washington. It was here that these special horses – measuring a scant "14 hands" tall – developed their legendary endurance, strength, and tenacious spirit. Like these wild horses, the vineyards struggle in the same harsh conditions of eastern Washington. It is their ability to thrive in this environment that produces the world-class quality fruit that goes into each bottle of 14 Hands. Learn more at 14hands.com. About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, the world's most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America's greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated offers year-round simulcast wagering. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 7, 2016. www.ChurchillDowns.com.
Photography by Chucky Kahng
M572 is located just steps away from the historic Southern Railroad (now CSX) on Main Street in Tucker, Georgia. Venturing back to the early 1800’s, before there was a Tucker Georgia or even a Dekalb County, this area of Henry County was designated Militia District 572, hence the restaurants name. Here you will find a comfortable modern farmhouse setting perfect for a date night, a family gathering or a special occasion.
The dishes are meticulously prepared by chef Jon Allen. Jon brings twenty plus years of experience to the eatery. His previous culinary experience includes serving as Chef de Cuisine for Chef Kevin Rathbun at Rathbun’s and Krog Bar. M572 will offer seasonal dishes, small and large, with an original twist. The menu will vary seasonally but will include many perennial favorites and most of the dishes, beer and cocktails will be regional to the south. With any luck, the duck fat and cayenne spiced beignets will be a perennial dish! The handcrafted cocktails are true Southern concoctions and the wine list is extensive and carefully selected.
Chef Jon Allen
A true native son, Jon grew up just around the corner in Lilburn, GA. He started learning to cook from childhood, using local ingredients. Whether it was corn and peas from a family farm or vegetables from his own garden, respect for the freshest possible ingredients has always been the most important part of Jon’s menu.
Chef Jon’s experience has seen him from working roadside BBQ at the age of 17, a stint doing Pastry with Marriot hotels to the position of Chef de Cuisine for Kevin Rathbun’s Krog Bar. Along the way he has managed to work in every capacity of food service – food sales and delivery, restaurant management, baking and pastry, as well as liquor sales. He is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators. Chef Jon is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the inaugural class of Le Cordon Bleu, Atlanta.
Jon is still a local, living in the Smoke Rise area of Tucker with his wife, Lauren and their daughter Emma.
M572 is managed and operated by Tucker local, Stacy Slocum. Jason Hylton, James Maggard and Luis Finley are the restaurateurs behind Tucker’s first upscale eatery. They opened Tucker’s first bar on Main Street in late 2011, Local No. 7. They also operate Matador Mexican Cantina in Oakhurst. And their latest venture, Pallookaville in Avondale will reopen under their management this Spring (April 2016) with a walk up to-go location coming this summer to Little Five Points.
2316 Main Street, Suite C, Tucker, GA 30084 I fiveseventwo.com I 470.395.9635
Dunwoody Preservation Trust in partnership with Dunwoody Crown Towers, Peachtree Rides and the city of Dunwoody present Lemonade Days 2016!
Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days is an annual, five-day festival held each spring to celebrate the spirit of community and introduce visitors to a number of local Dunwoody vendors. Lemonade Days bring families together to enjoy a host of fun-filled activities, including exciting carnival rides, games and, of course, drink lemonade. Click here for a $5.00 off unlimited rides coupon!
During the first three days of the festival, families can browse through arts, crafts and goods from other local vendors. During the weekend, other attractions include a Dunwoody Antique Car Show, and if you’re visiting Dunwoody with small children, Lemonade Days is the place to be: The festival’s Kiddie Land features pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides and other rides suitable for small children, separate from the bigger carnival rides for older kids. Each day will offers something different so be sure to check out the complete Lemonade Days events schedule.
As you’d expect, Lemonade Days features carnival snacks and food trucks as well as live bands playing in a pavilion area. Adults visiting without children may also want to take advantage of the Craft Beer and Wine Garden in the big tent in front of the pavilion for one day each year, where a variety of local craft beers and wine are on hand for sampling.
Hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, all proceeds from Lemonade Days go to charities within the community, including educational programs such as History Alive! and a historic preservation program that continues the restoration of Dunwoody’s old buildings and cemeteries. For ticket prices, directions, and parking information, please visit the Lemonade Days website.
$1 Oysters, $3 Craft Beers, and $5 Glasses of Wine
About Saltyard: Saltyard delivers a uniquely social dining experience encouraging guests to connect over internationally influenced small plates, craft cocktails and a mostly domestic wine and beer selection. Locally sourced ingredients are featured throughout the restaurant's seasonal menu and the open kitchen and floorplan make it a favorite spot for groups or those looking for a great chef’s table experience. Guests can expect warm, ambient lighting, reclaimed woods mixed with industrial metals and soft banquettes perfect for intimate meals. Saltyard is located in The Brookwood building in South Buckhead and complimentary valet is available in the building’s garage. For more information please visit http://saltyardatlanta.com/ and connect on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/saltyardatlanta, on Twitter @Saltyard and on Instagram @Saltyard.