A7 started as a conversation between French wine professional and a Californian winemaker during a long drive in 2013. The first, “beta”, event happened in June 2014 at Law Estate in Paso Robles, CA.
The USA Board of Directors represents distinct regions: Sonoma, Napa, and Central Coast. It comprises of winemakers, grape-growers, and technologist. The unifying bond is an obsession with Rhone varietals.
As of July 2014: A7 is no longer affiliated in anyway with A7 France or its Board of Directors. Accordingly, we may change our official name.
Eno Wines, Google
President of Board- In 2001, he became the assistant winemaker for Tom Leaf at Grapeleaf Cellars in Berkeley, CA. The same year, Tom offered him some extra fruit and Eno Wines was born. In 2004, inspired by a Domaine la Barroche’s Pure, he made a Grenache from Eaglepoint Ranch in Mendocino. Since then, he continues to make Rhone varietals from an organic vineyard in Sonoma and a vineyard in Paso Robles. He interned in Chateauneuf du Pape for the 2011 harvest at Domaine la Barroche under Julien Barrot. Along with winemaking, design is his passion. During the day, Sasha works as a Design Lead at Google. His inspirations comes from various sources—the fine arts and fine wines.
Enterprise Vineyards, Winery Sixteen 600
Self described as a “poor old dirt farmer”, Phil Coturri is one the most sought after viticulturists in Northern California. After 35 years pioneering organic and biodynamic winegrowing in California, he has been identified as a “famed organic viticulturalist” by the Hollywood Reporter and “the ubiquitous wizard of sustainable winemaking” by Sonoma Magazine. He was born with the cultural palate of Italian immigrants, weaned on the music and ethos of San Francisco in the 1960’s and planted deep into the rocky hillsides of Sonoma Valley. He oversees more than 700 acres from prized vineyards in Napa and Sonoma.
Epoch Wine Estates
Jordan earned her spurs working between harvests California and Italy, as Director of Winemaking at Chalk Hill Estate in Healdsburg, CA and currently as winemaker at Epoch Estate Wines in Paso Robles. She also happens to be wicked smart with an engineering undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a masters degree in viticulture from UC Davis. At Epoch, Jordan oversees all grape growing and winemaking operations for mostly Rhone varietal grapes. She is obsessed with the rocks, constant breeze and overall unique character inherent to west Paso Robles, where she constantly feels inspired to make wine. In 2014, Epoch was awarded #25 Wine in the World by Wine Spectator.
Anthony “cut his teeth” in the wine industry at Denner working as cellar rat for two vintages. Later, he moved up the road to become Cellar Master at Villa Creek, where he continued to work with Denner fruit. Coming full circle, Anthony returned to Denner as Winemaker in 2009. His winemaking philosophy is simple: “If you provide the grapes and wine with an environment where they can thrive and express themselves, they will do just that.” His personal brand is Kinero. IN 2013, he was designated with “Winemaker To Watch” by San Francisco Chronicle.