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Meet the Team - Miguel

Miguel at Hafner"Meet the Team" is our blog series that introduces each of the Hafner Vineyard team members. We answer a series of questions about ourselves and our time at Hafner Vineyard. Miguel Leon started here a year and a half ago. He remembers when he started he was nervous since he didn't have vineyard experience, but Antonio, a veteran team member, became his mentor, which he greatly appreciated. One thing you might not know about Miguel... he enjoys spicy food and will make the trek to San Francisco for his favorite spicy chicken wings. His favorite day of the year? Fourth of July because it reminds him of being a kid!

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Homage to Sommeliers

Los Angeles Restaurant KitchenLast week found me on my semi-annual trip to Los Angeles to work with wine directors and sommeliers. 3 days, 26 restaurants, 452 miles. What did I hear? Consistent praise about the quality of Hafner wine and appreciation for Parke’s winemaking philosophy which favors balance and finesse over power and punch. These wine buyers are scouting for wines that complement their chefs’ cuisine, rather than competing with it.  I also heard about the value Hafner wines offer. My favorite quote? “Hafner overdelivers quality for the price.”

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5 Wine Books

Wine BooksIt may come as no surprise that we enjoy reading and referencing wine books. Viticulture and enology have a rich history with plenty to learn. Here are my top 5 wine books. They include a narrative about the Russian River and its influence in our region, a story of the famous Paris Tasting which put California on the "wine map", a history of Argentina's wine industry and its rise of Malbec, a grape varietal encyclopedia that you could spend days reading and the ever-trustworthy wine atlas. Happy reading!

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How to Taste Wine

Sarah Hafner TastingWine tasting can be intimidating, but with a few hints, tasting wine can be lot of fun. And remember, there isn’t a right or wrong answer…it’s your preference. All you need is a little knowledge to back up your opinion and you’ll wow your friends with your tasting skills. I share 3 steps on how to taste wine along with flavor and aroma descriptors plus a downloadable wine descriptions chart. We hope you have fun learning how to taste wine and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Meet the Team - Spencer

Spencer at Hafner"Meet the Team" is our blog series that introduces each of the Hafner Vineyard team members. We answer a series of questions about ourselves and our time at Hafner Vineyard. Spencer Engelke is a Healdsburg native and has worked on and off with us since he was 16. Now he is full-time and handles the shipping of our wine. Quite the inspired mixologist, in the evenings, you might find him making drinks behind the bar at the Geyserville Gun Club or concocting new inspirations at his homemade Tiki Bar. 

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