We moved to the Napa Valley from Santa Cruz in 1974, and for the past 27 years we have both been active in Napa Valley winemaking.
Bill spent 20 years, from 1976 to 1996, with Sterling Vineyards. He started as Cellarmaster and became Winemaker in 1985. Recognizing the importance of the vineyards, he was responsible for developing their single-vineyard wines, including a Cabernet from Diamond Mountain that garnered a great deal of attention and praise in the early 1980s. Since 1996, Bill has brought his considerable talents to consulting. Miramar Torres Estate in the Russian River Valley, Sodaro Winery and Frogs' Leap Winery in Napa Valley, as well as Church & State Winery and Burrowing Owl Vineyards in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley all have benefited from his insight and experience -- as does Dyer Vineyard. With the 2005 harvest a new venture, Meteor Vineyard Cabernet, is being launched as a partnership with growers Barry and Tracy Schuler.
Dawnine spent 25 years as Winemaker at Domaine Chandon. A staunch Californian, and always a fan of the bubbly, her tenure at Chandon was marked by the introduction of many original sparkling wines and wine styles, taking the best of both a rich tradition and a promising appellation. Along with Bill, she consults with Sodaro Winery and is a partner in the new venture, Meteor Vineyard. She is active in the Napa Valley Vintner's Association -- and most importantly, works on Dyer Vineyard. Now both of us can frequently be found working in the vineyard, topping barrels and finally packing orders of Dyer Cab for shipment. Between the two of us we hold degrees in Philosophy, Biology, and Enology -- all three come in handy from time to time.
For quite awhile, now, we’ve been meaning to review all the vintages of Dyer Vineyards Cabernet – we’re amazed to realize there are fifteen vintages now (seventeen if you count the two in barrels!) But, we just hadn’t gotten to it.
In a recent moment of serendipity...