The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases Thanks the Generous Vintners Pouring at Rare Affair 2017












Co-owners Scotti Stark and Michael DeSantis blend their years of experience in business and wine, along with their slightly nutty personalities, to bring you fabulous wine. Introducing …Harumph. An über boutique winery that knows no boundaries, Harumph is particular when it comes to fruit. Sourcing from only the best vineyards and the finest growers in Napa Valley, we have the luxury of choosing with whom we want to work and the freedom to make the wine we want to make. At Harumph, we love our wine and we’re excited to share it with you. Because to us, wine is about more than what’s in the bottle. It’s about friends, family, food and fun. It’s about living well and laughing out loud. It’s a fun label, but there is a serious wine inside.


2013 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay, Russian River Valley. Every year Shibumi Knoll sources incredible grapes from a block of the Buena Tierra Vineyard planted with old vine Chardonnay located on Eastside Rd in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The old vine block was planted in 1972 and walking down the wide rows each vine has evolved into it’s own unique, gnarled shape. The cordon arms on each plant are robust and they hang clusters of fruit that are equally nuanced and character-driven.

In 2007 after tasting Chardonnay from Buena Tierra Vineyards, Don Ross, the late founder of Shibumi Knoll, approached the owner of Buena Tierra Vineyards, located on the Russian River about buying the grapes. The owner explained that because the vines were so old and grape production was down, he was going to replant the 2.4-acre block. Don offered to pay full production price for whatever grapes were harvested, an agreement which has continued for 12 years.

The Shibumi Knoll Buena Tierra Chardonnay has proven to be among the best in the country. The 2005 vintage received a 97 from The Wine Spectator, tied for the highest score given California Chardonnay in the first decade of this century. This venerable block of vines has produced some incredible Chardonnay vintage after vintage. To date, none of the wines from Shibumi Knoll have been sold through wholesale channels and the only restaurant to have ever sold Shibumi Knoll is The French Laundry.

Vintner          Joann Ross

Winemaker  Thomas Rivers Brown

Variety          100% Chardonnay

Appellation   Russian River Valley

Production    500 Cases


Anomaly Vineyards is located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains just west of the town of St Helena in California’s Napa Valley.  From our 8 acres of vineyards planted to the Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, we specialize in the production of just one wine, the Anomaly Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.  Owners Steve and Linda Goldfarb serve as stewards of the property, while relying on Winemaker Mark Porembski to frame the grace of the vineyard in each successive vintage.  Our General Manager (and oldest son of the owners) Seth Goldfarb oversees the day-to-day operations, while Director of Sales & Hospitality T.J. Shushereba hand-crafts personal and intimate experiences at the winery showcasing Anomaly’s incredible wines.

Please visit our website, for more information including, vintage and tasting notes about the 2013 vintage (which we will be pouring at the event) is:


Memento Mori’s mission is to produce the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. We source from only the best vineyards and have one of the most talented winemakers on the planet. Every vintage our singular goal is to craft the best product possible. We will never cut corners. Ever.

We researched grape sources for Memento Mori over the course of three years. Knowing that land is the key to quality, we considered buying our own vineyard. But we listened to the varied experiences of some of the best vineyard managers, farmers, and winemakers, and our path to creating a wine of unique and extraordinary caliber became clear: we would select and source from the best sites.

We now source from four of the absolute best vineyards in all of Napa Valley. All vetted over time, techinque and by other elite producers. In St. Helena, we chose two Beckstoffer Vineyards (Dr. Crane and Las Piedras). In Oakville, we selected the Weitz Vineyard and Oakville Ranch. Each stands on its own and has consistently been the source behind many legendary wines. We blend their unique characteristics–elegance, power, finish, and longevity–to create a perfectly balanced wine that seduces the palate year after year.

The quality vintages continue following 2012 and 2013. The powerful 2014 welcomes you with voracious aromas of spice bread and meat followed by viscous drops of bright cherry compote. Fleshy tannins pierce through the gravity of the middle palate and the finish reveals the subtleties of sage and thyme that render this wine timeless. ”

– Sam Kaplan, Winemaker


O’Brien Estate is a family owned and operated estate winery located in the Oak Knoll Appellation of the Napa Valley. Set on 40 acres, it is a self-contained estate.  Located on the property is the winery, vineyard, home and gardens.

Our artisan, handcrafted wines are only sold at O’Brien Estate – they are not available at retail stores anywhere in the world due to the limited quantity we make each year and the amount of wine allocated to our members.

Only grapes grown in our wide-spaced planted, low-yielding 33 acre vineyard on the estate are used to make O’Brien Estate wines. The grapes are hand-harvested, crushed and fermented in small batches in the winery adjacent to the vineyard and our home, then aged exclusively in French oak barrels (33% new for Chardonnay, 75% new for red wines, 100% new for Reserve reds).  We take a minimalist approach to winemaking to allow the flavors created in the vineyard to be expressed in the wine as a unique signature of our unique terroir.

Our wines reflect the soil, air, and sunlight of Napa Valley. Traditional winemaking techniques and aging in small French oak barrels allows our wine to express the nuances of our unique terroir, creating a signature of the vineyard in the bottle.


Nickel & Nickel is located in Oakville, Napa Valley, along Highway 29, on 42 acres that were originally settled as a farmstead in the 1880s. Our collection of classic barns along with the site’s original Queen Ann-style home brings the historic farmstead back to life. Housed within the genteel farmstead structures is an ultra-modern winery uniquely suited to producing single-vineyard wines.

Darice Spinelli joined the team at Nickel & Nickel as winemaker in 1998, the winery’s second vintage. She has been integral to the development of Nickel & Nickel’s winemaking program ever since.  In crafting the Nickel & Nickel wines, she sees her role as one of providing harmony to the vineyard, doing everything possible to let the wines sing.  It is Spinelli’s hope to capture and enhance the natural balance and quality that come from a great vineyard site.


Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when it was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, the winery underwent a three-year renovation of the property, which resulted in placement on the National Register of Historical Places. During restoration, the original name, Far Niente, from an Italian phrase that romantically translated means “without a care,” was found carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. We felt an obligation to preserve the name with the hope that we could recapture a bygone era when life was indeed without a care.

Nicole Marchesi honed her skills in Sonoma and New Zealand before coming to Far Niente as an enologist in 2005. She was soon promoted to assistant winemaker, and 4 years later became the fourth winemaker in Far Niente’s 30-year history.  During her tenure, Marchesi has gained a deep understanding of our estate vineyards, working with the sites and individual blocks to bring forth the discrete character of each. Ultimately, Marchesi strives to create wines of elegance and depth that capture both place and vintage, while staying true to the Far Niente house style.


In 1998, Dr. Madaiah Revana hired acclaimed vineyard manager Jim Barbour to plant and maintain the 9-acre estate vineyard established in a prime part of St. Helena where deep, well-drained soils provide an ideal terroir for premium Cabernet Sauvignon.  Renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett was responsible for crafting the exceptional wines of the Revana Estate vineyard from its first vintage in 2001 through the 2009 vintage. 2010 saw the transition to today’s winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, who continues the tradition of making world-class Cabernet Sauvignon in the Revana style of purity, depth, character and elegance.