Their secret of working & staying together as husband and wife? Respect for each other and each other’s skills and talents.
It’s fair to say that if a husband and wife can survive the long days of a harvest together, they’ve probably got a pretty strong relationship. Steve and Sonia Rued are living proof. Theirs is not a case of one spouse waiting up late for their better half to return home with purple hands. Theirs is the unique case of a husband and wife both working side by side to crush and press, oversee fermentation, rack and fine the wines, make winemaking decisions and care for the family’s wines from harvest through bottling. Steve & Sonia Rued are the husband and wife winemaking team at Rued Vineyards.
Steve & Sonia met in 1993 when she, a native of South Africa, spent the season in the lab at Dry Creek Vineyard just around the corner from the Rued family’s vineyards. At the time, Steve, the youngest son of Dee and Richard, worked the cellar at Dry Creek Vineyard. By 1996 they married and each pursued different paths in the wine industry. Sonia pursued enologist and winemaking positions at Sonoma’s Carmenet and Seghesio Vineyards while Steve went on to hold the position of Winemaker at Kenwood Vineyards, Valley of the Moon and finally Rutherford Wine Company.
Together they were the stewards of the first (2000) vintage of Rued Family wines and have worked side by side in the cellar at their family’s Dry Creek Valley estate ever since.
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2014 Troon Estate Tannat Gets Four Stars + "A" for cool factor from BevX
"We have been a fan of Troon Vineyard since first seeing samples nearly a year ago. These are not cookie-cutter wines rather wines with personality and attitude."
Banville to Distribute Mery-Melrose Cognacs
Beginning May 1, 2017, New York-based Banville Wine Merchants will add to it's fine spirits distribution portfolio Mery-Melrose VS and VSOP Organic Cognacs, the first USDA-certified organic Cognac (AC Grande Fine Champagne, France). Columbus Wine and Spirits is the exclusive national importer for Mery-Melrose.
New Release: Sarah's Vineyard 2014 Santa Clara Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
This AVA specific wine is actually "estate grown" as well, replacing the Central Coast at the same FOB. More great value from Sarah's Vineyard!
2016 Troon Riesling, Whole Grape Ferment (Orange Wine), Applegate Valley
Very excited about this one! As always with Troon, a native yeast ferment with no additions. At a $21 price point, this great value in Orange wines has little competition.
Just Arrived Simbolic 16
2013 Crianza Priorat
2013 was a fantastic vintage for the Priorat region of Spain and this great example is one for the cellar!
Only 500 cases produced.
U.S. Trade Tasting Columbus Wine and Spirits
Full Portfolio, Table #56
May 16-17 | New York