When Ed Sbragia was growing up, wine meant both livelihood and quality of life to his family. Ed’s grandfather, an immigrant from Tuscany, had naturally gravitated to the wineries flourishing in California at the turn of the century. Ed’s father acquired his own vineyards near Healdsburg, growing Zinfandel grapes for sale and home winemaking. Ed’s father taught him that making wine is a very natural process—that good grapes and good techniques will make good red wine.
Ed Sbragia is regarded by many as one of the most experienced and capable winemakers in California, having made scores of legendary wines at Beringer Vineyards for 32 years.
Farmed by the family for decades, today Ed and son Adam’s Home Ranch Vineyard is located on the northeast tip of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. This is their special “Homage to Home” cuvée created just for the Sonoma County Barrel auction, of which only 5 cases were produced from lots of old-vine Petite Sirah, Zin, and Carignane, a typical “mixed blacks” blend that would be familiar to the home winemaker of Prohibition.
In addition to being a seriously good guy, Ed Sbragia is one of the best winemakers in the business. Robert Parker has called him “immensely talented” and Wine Spectator called him “the greatest winemaker in Beringer's 125-year history.” Having spent nearly 30 years at that historic estate, Ed has crafted more than a few Napa Valley classics. So it makes perfect sense that his own project – an extremely personal venture with his family’s name on the label – would have so many wine lovers excited. Sourcing fruit both from his own properties and those of well-placed friends in the business, Ed is delivering style and nobility in the bottle (without the gilded price tag, we might add). His combination of vision, experience and very high standards is a program we’re thrilled to support. “Big Ed’s” wares will be a wonderful addition to your cellar.