Ed Sbragia Debuts 2012 Gino's Zinfandel
Geyserville, CA, April 28, 2015 - Ed and Adam Sbragia, 3rd and 4th generation Dry Creek Valley winemakers of Sbragia Family Vineyards, have released a new wine: 2012 Gino’s Zinfandel. A thoughtful blend of three vineyards, Gino’s Estate, La Promessa Estate and Italo’s, the 2012 Gino’s Zinfandel is the essence of Ed’s legacy in Dry Creek Valley and his family’s passion for a varietal first planted here in 1869.
“This is the wine I drink at home,” mused Ed Sbragia. “For 32 years, I drove to Napa and made Cabernet and Chardonnay, but when I came home to Sonoma, we always drank Zinfandel.” This wine honors Ed’s father, Gino, and reflects Ed’s commitment to carrying the legacy forward.
“There is a time-honored tradition of blending in Dry Creek Valley,” remarks 4th generation winemaker Adam Sbragia. “It starts in the vineyard, with field blends of Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and other varieties. And it continues in the winery, blending different vineyards to produce a wine with classic Dry Creek character. 2012 Gino’s Zinfandel is a clear example of my Dad’s and my collaboration. It’s the first time we’ve blended these three vineyards together, and they are the vineyards closest to our family.”
“Ed is renowned for his Chardonnay and Cabernet wines,” commented Steve Cousins, President and National Sales Manager of Bacchus Wineworks, the sales and marketing company that represents Sbragia Family Vineyards. “This 2012 Gino’s Zinfandel, however, is a deeply personal wine, reflecting his family’s heritage, and it’s a wine that can be enjoyed every day of the week.”
About the Sbragia Zinfandel Vineyards
Gino’s: Dry Creek Valley | 5 acres | Planted 1957 | Estate Grown | Field Blend | Located in the cooler, southern end of Dry Creek Valley, it’s the place Ed played as a child, and where his son, Adam, was first introduced to viticulture.
La Promessa: Dry Creek Valley | 7 acres | Planted 1999 | Estate Grown | Located next to the winery on a rocky, southwest-facing slope, this vineyard is ‘The Promise’ that Ed made to his father to continue the family’s winemaking tradition in Dry Creek Valley.
Italo’s: Alexander Valley | 8 acres | Planted 1934 | Field Blend | Planted by Ed’s father, Gino and his Uncle Italo just after prohibition. Today, the vineyard is owned and farmed by Ed’s cousins, and he is honored to crush the grapes.
About Sbragia Family Vineyards
Sbragia Family Vineyards is located in Dry Creek Valley. The brand was born in 2001, when Ed Sbragia decided to focus on making limited, individual lots of wine from grapes grown in select blocks of his favorite Sonoma and Napa Vineyards. Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are produced from estate vineyards in Dry Creek that range in size from five to thirteen acres. The winery also produces a Chardonnay from Gamble Ranch in Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from Andolsen Vineyard (Dry Creek), Monte Rosso (Moon Mountain District) and Godspeed (Mount Veeder).
The Sbragia family history runs deep in the Dry Creek Valley. Ed’s grandfather came to the Valley from Tuscany in 1904, where he worked in wineries. Ed’s father, Gino, acquired his own vineyards near Healdsburg, growing zinfandel grapes for sale and home winemaking. The Sbragia family purchased the old Lake Sonoma Winery facility at the end of Dry Creek Valley in 2006 and it is where Sbragia Family Vineyards has made a home for their wines. Today, Ed is joined by his son, Adam Sbragia, as winemaker.
Sbragia Family Vineyards is a Bacchus portfolio company. For more information, visit www.sbragia.com
About Bacchus Capital Management
Bacchus Capital Management is an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses.
Current Bacchus portfolio companies are: DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe.
Prior Bacchus portfolio companies are Andretti Winery, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Qupé. For more information, visit www.bacchuswinefund.com