Napa Valley AVA
The operation started small, producing just 125 cases in 2013, this year it is still under 1000 cases
Two friends from distinctly different backgrounds form the basis for this Garagiste Wine Club selection from Avinodos Wines. Dan Dexter, a fourth-generation (since 1836) farming family from Illinois has teamed with Lorin Brambila, the son of an immigrant vineyard worker to produce an extraordinary Malbec that has garnered awards in international competition. The two met as co-workers for an Irish biotech company that was headquartered in South San Francisco.
Lest we forget, Lorin Brambila is also the son of noted winemaker Gustavo Brambila, a forty-year decorated veteran of the California wine industry. Brambila notes Chateau Montelena (when it won the French acclaim that raised California wine status around the world) and Grgich Hills (a total of twenty-three years making wines for one of Napa Valley’s truly iconic wineries) as two of his winemaking accomplishments. Gustavo Brambila is also one of the first Latino graduates of the famed UC Davis enology program, a major accomplishment on his part. He also owns his own winery, Gustavo Wines, and has been very successful with his releases in competitions and scoring.
The two co-owners of Avinodos (wine from two, pronounced Ah-vino-dose) point to their mutual interest in both agriculture and wine as the ingredients for their successful operation. They consider Avinodos a developing story, and the culmination of a dream that involved a great deal of hard work and a blessing of good luck from Mother Nature to complete.
The operation started small, producing just 125 cases in 2013. This year’s Avinodos Wines’ annual production is still minute, with slightly less than 1000 cases of assorted varietals. The company hopes to increase its volume to around the 3,500 case mark if its luck continues and the wine gods continue to smile upon its efforts.
“We enjoy the intimacy of our operation,” commented Dan Dexter. “It is our aim to continue to develop Avinodos Wines and to develop Gustavo Brambila’s imprint on Napa Valley wines.”