We’ve been making wine from the Carignan grapes grown on Frank Evangelho’s vineyard in Antioch for over a decade now, and nothing else brings me more face to face with the glorious history of California viticulture.
Simply trying to imagine what was going on in this country – or the world – when these vines were planted in the 1880’s gives me pause. Moreover, we then get to make a wine from them that is complex, rich, exotic and of enormous interest as a dining beverage as well.
I can’t tell you how fortunate we feel to have been involved with Frank and his family over the past ten years. Esther Mobley has brought Frank Evangelho a little closer to the public eye in her recent piece in the San Francisco Chronicle. She has captured Frank’s flare for the imaginative as effectively as she talks about his humility.
It’s a great story and we at Neyers are proud to be playing a part in it. We are still selling the last cases of the 2014 Neyers Carignan ‘Evangelho Vineyard’. If you haven’t taken your allocated quantity yet – or want more — now is the time to act. As one very experienced wine merchant told me recently, ‘I had no idea California Carignan could be this good!’ Be careful — it’s even better than that.