Napa Valley AVA
A winery to watch with a growing reputation of award-wining wines
From the streets of Philadelphia to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Counties, Barry Singer has forged his way into creating award-winning wines.
Barry was initially inspired while visiting some of the great Bordeaux wineries, finding himself in awe of their cathedral-like caves and reverence for fine wine. He had always enjoyed and appreciated wine, but now Barry had a yearning to know more. He thought he would start by volunteering in a local tasting room, pouring wine in the afternoons on weekends, but with no openings available, he signed on as a cellar rat at Keller Estate Winery in Petaluma. Little did he know this would become a major turning point in his life and the slippery slope of getting into the winery business was awaiting him. Keller Estate’s winemaker, Michael McNeill, took Barry under his wing, teaching him the in’s and out’s of winemaking, while encouraging him to make his own wine on the side.
In 2004, Barry slowly started making wine in his garage with two barrels of Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This would become the first vintage of Singer Cellars. Over the years, he has grown his production to around 500 cases, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and various Bordeaux-style blends, all appropriately named to compliment the ‘Singer Cellars’ brand (The Song, The Duet, The Chorus, The Symphony, The Harmony, and The Rhapsody - which is this month’s featured wine). The fruit is sourced from top Napa Valley vineyards with the intention of crafting wines of concentration, power, complexity, finesse, and elegance. With multiple awards garnered since its inception and a growing reputation as a highly sought after limited edition producer, Singer Cellars has certainly become a winery to watch.
Today’s Singer Cellars wines are produced at Corda Winery in Petaluma. Barry balances his winemaking career by also working as an internationally reputed dealer in rare photography.