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Bacio Divino Cellars - Janzen - Lucie - Pazzo

Napa Valley AVA

One of California's most celebrated wine producers

By even the sophisticated standards of Napa Valley, Claus Janzen is a most unique asset to the valley's wine community. Born in Germany, Claus and his family moved to Canada in his infancy. Claus attended school in Canada and immediately after college moved to Switzerland where he worked in a number of high caliber hotels. During his stint as a hotelier, Claus became interested in wines, and in particular, the great Burgundies and Rhônes of France.

After moving back to Canada, he eventually received the equivalent of a master's degree in business and then entered the family real estate business in Winnipeg. The city asserted itself as a perfect setting for Janzen's continuing interest in wines and great food. His experience in Europe and his natural palate made him a serious oenophile and eventually the top wine taster throughout all of Canada.

During this time, Janzen continued his periodic visits back to Europe and to his favorite wine regions in France. He became particularly enamored with developments in Southeastern France where a close friend had produced the first Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend that was to astound wine critics everywhere and have an important affect on Claus Janzen's upcoming wine career.

Sometime in the late 1980's, Janzen and his family first visited Napa Valley, which reminded them of the bucolic French countryside and the decision was soon made to move to Napa. Not long after, Janzen was introduced to Caymus Vineyards' owner, Chuck Wagner, and a marvelous friendship quickly ensued. It was Chuck who first established Janzen in the wine industry, offering him a position launching Caymus' international marketing reputation, a position Janzen held for eleven years. It was also Chuck who supported Janzen's decision to finally start a winery of his own.

In 1993, Janzen released his first offering from Bacio Divino Cellars - a unique blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah, taking inspiration from what he had seen in France. Each year following, the blend has differed, but it is always based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. The name of the winery, Bacio Divino, is literally 'Divine Kiss' in Italian; a synonym for the experience the blend of grapes has on the palate of anyone tasting the wine.

Over the years, Claus Janzen has seen incredible success with his Bacio Divino brand, which is now accompanied by a handful of sister brands (Janzen, Lucie, Pazzo, and Vagabond) that are each fantastic in their own right. For Bacio Divino, Janzen sources fruit from his estate vineyard in Henry Canyon, in addition to several other growers dispersed throughout Napa Valley.

Today, Janzen and his wife Diane celebrate nearly thirty years of Bacio Divino Cellars with continued critical accolades and marvelous ratings by the wine community. Cheers to our Diamond Plus! Wine Club members!

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Dear Platinum Wine Club Members

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It is an honor to have our 2015 Lucie Dutton Ranch Chardonnay selected for the Platinum Wine Club.

We started harvesting just a few tons of Chardonnay from this very desirable Dutton Ranch Vineyard in Russian River Valley starting in 2012. The loose dirt in the Goldridge soil, and temperate climate influenced by the ocean breeze make this site truly spectacular for Chardonnay vines.

Early is the word that best describes the 2015 vintage-bud break, veraison, harvest were sooner than anticipated. While this vintage produced a lower yield, the overall quality and flavor development of the fruit did not disappoint.

Our 2015 Lucie Chardonnay has 10 months of barrel age, yet is NOT your buttery style of Chardonnay that has become so common. By foregoing malolactic fermentation we’ve kept evident the wine’s clean bright acid. The resulting wine is wonderfully refreshing, layered with complexity and exceptionally food friendly.


Claus Janzen
Bacio Divino Cellars

Kirk Venge - Winemaker

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Master winemaker Kirk Venge is the winemaker behind Bacio Divino’s award-winning portfolio of wines. Venge gravitated toward winemaking at an early age, following in the footsteps of his world-renowned winemaker father, Nils Venge. Kirk has proven to be as talented a winemaker as his father, acquiring full ownership of his family’s Venge Vineyards and consulting for a number of top producers including Hunnicutt, Macauley Vineyard, Frazier, Bacio Divino, Igneous, and many more.

Today, Kirk is building his own legacy in Napa Valley, crafting wines that are loved by the wine industry press and often praised with prestigious ratings and medals. His philosophy of “making wine in the vineyard” is present in every bottle.

Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,

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Greetings from Napa. We are delighted to have our 2011 Janzen Napa Cabernet featured in the Platinum Wine Club. Premium Cabernet sourced in Oakville and our choice estate-grown fruit form the basis of this wine. The result is a timeless style of Cabernet that combines the silky tannins of the valley floor with the personality and power provided by hillside vineyards. This is a wine that can be enjoyed now or has the potential for longer cellar time.

2011 was a challenging vintage, one in which we needed extreme vigilance in the vineyards and merciless culling on the sorting table. The fruit that did make it into our wines is some of the best we’ve seen in years. Production of the Janzen Napa Cabernet was down 50% in 2011 – a tough decision for a vintner, but sometimes one must sacrifice production to maintain the quality loyal fans have come to expect.

It’s not the end of the world when Mother Nature throws you a curve ball. The successful Napa wines of 2011 will be remembered for their purity and food friendliness. In the past year, we’ve enjoyed this bottle around our own dinner table and hope you will as well.


Claus & Diane Janzen