This week I'll be taking a look at 6 wines from Schug Carneros Estate in Somoma California. Schug is a family owned and run operation that was founded in 1980. They produce approximately 25,000 cases of wine per year. Walter Schug whose roots run deep in California Wine industry history, founded Schug. Previous to striking out on his own he worked for Gallo and was then the winemaker at Joseph Phelps. While at Phelps, among other things, he made Insignia which remains a benchmark California Wine. Since 1996 their head winemaker has been Michael Cox, a Somoma native. He had previously worked side by side with Walter Schug as his assitant winemaker. Prior to that he'd worked in the cellar at Dry Creek Vineyards and at Napa's De Moor Vineyards as Winemaker. At the time he was Napa's youngest winemaker.
Over the next few days I'll take a look at Schug Carneros Estate's Sauvigon Blanc, two of their Chardonnays, Two Pinot Noirs and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Please check back and read about the wines being produced by this reputable New World Winery. The wines they are producing reflect a sense of place reminiscent of their Old World fore-bearers.