Saturday, August 10, 2:00–5:00 pm

Wheeler Farms Winery
588 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena

To purchase please email members@torwines.com

For some of you this is a favorite announcement each year: Our Annual Pre-Release, Member’s Party. For the uninitiated, it is that one day out of the year Jeff, Susan, Matt, Sierra and Dave, family members, and I show up at the winery and open up ALL the wines we have just bottled and plan to release the following year. It is our Insider’s Guide to our future. There is always excellent farm fresh foods. It is just an all-out fun day. Oh yes, and it does sell out quickly every year.

The vintage for the single vineyard Cabernets and Bordeaux blends is 2017. There are many back stories on the vintage, but as we go through the wines we feel they are exceptional. Most rival the 2016s, and we think all are as good or better than the 2015. If you can’t come to the tasting, I hope all of you have a chance to taste some of these wines. A year from now, I predict many of these wines will be in several critics top ten wines of the vintage. I hope you hold me to it.

I think Antonio Galloni foreshadowed the vintage nicely early on in Vinous:


“I found much to like in the 2017s…. 2017 has the potential to be better than 2015…. In tasting, the 2017s show very ripe red-fruit flavor profiles.”

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 14, 2018

The Chardonnays we show will also be the 2017 Durell, and barrel samples of the prestigious 2018s. Insiders know that we treat all our Chardonnays as reserves. We don’t make much Chardonnay, but what we do is from top blocks in Hyde, Durell, and Beresini. We are ranked in the top three Chardonnay producers of the year in the recent Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and have been consistently in Wine Spectator’s Top 10 and other publications since 2002. People know us more for our Cabernets, but those who enjoy and seek out the best and hard to find Chardonnays in the New and Old World, know us well.

It is going to be a great line up, and you’ll have the TOR team to entertain you. Fun, fun, fun.

$135 per ticket, to purchase please email members@torwines.com

The wines (drum roll) are:

2017 TOR Reds:

  • Black Magic (99-100 IWR)
  • Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard (96-100 JD, 98-100 IWR)
  • Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard, Oakville (94-97 AG, 98-100 IWR)
  • Oakville Proprietary Red Wine (94-97 AG, 97-98 IWR)
  • Melanson Vineyard, Howell Mountain (96-98 IWR)
  • Cimarossa Vineyard, Howell Mountain (95-97 IWR)
  • Tierra Roja Vineyard, Oakville (95-97 IWR)
  • Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (94-95 IWR)

2018 TOR Whites – Barrel Samples:

  • Beresini Vineyard “Torchiana” Chardonnay
  • Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Napa Valley Chardonnay

2017 TOR Whites:

  • Durell Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast (95 WA)

It is our chance to see you and share. Again, we will have a great somm team pouring, so that we can spend more time with you personally. We will be in front, with you, enjoying the wines and your company. So, it is like being in our home in some ways. Very personal. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Come join us,


$135 per ticket, to purchase please email members@torwines.com