The Story: The name Grape Culture is inspired by a work of literature written by Agoston Haraszthy, the founder of the Buena Vista Vinicultural Society and “The Godfather of California Wine”. The book is essentially a series of journal entries from his travels through Europe in 1858 where he tasked himself with bringing back knowledge of the growing process, grape varieties, and what conditions they thrive to California vintners just figuring out how to get started. The book outlines the potential for commercial success for California pioneers, but more importantly the quality of living when grape growing and winemaking is at the core of the community. In this section we will share stories and experiences in the industry as well as revisit some of Hararszthy’s. Here we will introduce all of the people and ideas that have shaped this new venture and what you can expect when you open a bottle of Grape Culture. Like any great story, perhaps it is best to go back to the beginning.
FMW 95 Points: The 2019 High Tide Cabernet offers up a deep garnet-purple color, followed by gorgeous aromas of fragrant black stone fruit, chocolate and a whiff of cinnamon that jump out of the glass. This youngster is full-bodied and well-laced with generous fruit that coats the lush palate. The wine is big and bold, yet offers a velvety texture with great purity and depth. The Name High Tide is an homage to Robert Mondavi’s famous quote “the high tide raises all ships,” which was his approach when promoting the Napa region as a community with a common goal to compete amongst the world’s best.
Winemaker Notes: “We are quite proud of our first efforts to capture a handful of individual vineyard expressions of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Each piece is combined to showcase the diversity and glory of the region. This wine is fulfilling and rich thanks to our vineyard selections. Framed by the tannin, acid, and power of Atlas Peak, with an intensity and purpose from our plots on the bench lands. High Tides shows plenty of plush fruit character and opulence with a framework that’s built to last.“