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Meet the Winemaker
Technically speaking,
C. Deneen Brown is
one of three siblings
who run the show
at Brown Estate; she
serves as president
while her sister Coral
is director of brand
management and
C. Deneen Brown
their brother David
is the winegrower.
Their parents bought
the property in Chiles Valley in 1980 and founded the winery in 1995.
But as far as the public is concerned, Deneen is
the face of the company - young, charismatic,
and ebullient.
This visibility is important for two reasons.
First, the Browns make great wine - a highly
regarded Zinfandel and a Chardonnay that once
was served at The White House under President
Obama. Perhaps more important, the family represents the first and only Black-owned estate winery in the Napa Valley, an important distinction in
an industry where most people look the same.
"Being Black has had a huge impact in terms of
our customer base," says Deneen. "Not only has
it inspired more people of color to come and try
our wines, but it also has inspired people of color
to think about getting into the wine business -
when they see people who look like them, they
think, 'Hey, maybe I can do that, too.'"
In addition to a hospitality operation at the
family estate, the Browns opened a tasting room
in downtown Napa in 2017.
Learn more at brownestate.com.
- MATT VILLANO

Brown Estates,
St. Helena

PHOTO: COURTESY OF CAKEBREAD CELLARS; ILLUSTRATION: SVETA MEDVEDIEVA

Cakebread Cellars

BENESSERE
VINEYARDS
(707) 963-5853
St. Helena
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $20.00

BOUCHAINE
VINEYARDS
(707) 252-9065
Napa
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $20.00

BUEHLER
VINEYARDS
(707) 963-2155
St. Helena
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $25.00

CARDINALE
ESTATES
(707) 948-2643
Oakville
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $100.00

BENNETT LANE
WINERY
(707) 942-6684
Calistoga
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $20.00

BOYD FAMILY
VINEYARDS
(707) 254-7353
Napa
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $40.00

BURGESS CELLARS
(707) 963-4766
Angwin
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $30.00

CARTER CELLARS
(707) 445-0311
Calistoga
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $50.00

BERINGER
VINEYARDS
(707) 302-7503
St. Helena
Tasting fee: $25.00

BRASSWOOD
ESTATES
(707) 968-5434
St. Helena
Tasting fee: $40.00

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BLACK STALLION
WINERY
(707) 253-1400
Napa
Tasting fee: $20.00

BRAVANTE
VINEYARDS
(707) 965-2552
Angwin
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $40.00

BLANKIET ESTATE
(707) 963-2001
Yountville
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $75.00

BREMER FAMILY
WINERY
(707) 963-5411
St. Helena
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $25.00

CADE WINERY
(707) 965-2746
Angwin
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $80.00
CAIN VINEYARD &
WINERY
(707) 963-1616
St. Helena
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $50.00
CAKEBREAD
CELLARS
(800) 588-0298
Rutherford
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $25.00

*Tasting fees can increase based on experience selected. Appointments (where noted) are
required. For groups of 6 or more, please call ahead for all wineries.

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CASA NUESTRA
(707) 963-5783
St. Helena
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $30.00
CASTELLI DI
AMOROSA
(707) 967-6272
Calistoga
Tasting fee: $30.00
CAYMUS
VINEYARDS
(707) 967-3010
Rutherford
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $50.00
CHAPPELLET
WINERY
(707) 286-4219
St. Helena
Appointment required
Tasting fee: $40.00

DID YOU KNOW? One barrel of wine contains 740 pounds of grapes,
equivalent to 59 gallons or 24.6 cases of wine.

"My perfect day: An early-morning
balloon ride over the valley, wine-tasting and picnicking at Rutherford Hill
Winery, and a visit to di Rosa Center
for Contemporary Art."
- Don K., Napa Valley Welcome Center
Volunteer

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