Last month we attended the Vintners Market in San Francisco. We hadn’t participated in this event in over a year, so it was great to be back at historic Fort Mason, visiting with some of the other family wineries we always look forward to seeing.

This year we had the privilege of pouring our wines in the Reserve Room alongside a handful of other small, high-end producers. The more intimate environment gave us the opportunity to really connect with guests and share our family’s story.

One of the individuals we met was Bill McNabb, Wine Editor for the Piedmont Post, who recently published a review of the 2014 Petit Verdot he tasted at the Vintners Market.



November 2017

“…it was exhilarating to encounter so many wineries, all new to me, that were quietly turning out some amazing wines. Almost every wine in this review is a new discovery and I am happy to share some of California’s undiscovered gems.”
– Pierre DuMont

2014 Estate 1856 Petit Verdot    Of the five major grapes of Bordeaux, Petit Verdot is the one least often bottled by itself. I have never really understood why as it makes a lovely drink all by it-self. This has a perfumed nose of violets and blueberries with lush black currant and plum fruit on the palate with a touch of mocha and caramel. As is typical for the varietal the tannins are fairly massive and a few years of cellaring will improve the already delicious wine.”

Read more here.

This wine that Pierre DuMont called one of the stars of the San Francisco Vintners Market has also received the following accolades:

91 Points & GOLD Medal Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition
GOLD Medal Grand Harvest Awards
GOLD Medal Dan Berger International Wine Competition

If you missed the Vintners Market in San Francisco, you can still taste our 2014 Petit Verdot at our tasting room, or buy it online at our web store.

Wine makes a perfect gift for friends, family, business associates, or to share with the host and hostess at a dinner gathering. Take advantage of our holiday shipping special— a flat rate of $5 within California, and $15 outside of California. The cost is the same for two bottles or twelve, so stock up!

Also, through the end of the year, Estate 1856 is donating 50% of all sales to Sonoma County fire relief efforts. Thank you for helping us support the recovery effort.

For any questions or assistance with an order, send us a message at or call Rachel at 925-218-0668.

Brian, Janice, Rob & Rachel Schmidt