Cheryl Emmolo and her son, Charlie Wagner, remember tasting and admiring the Sauvignon Blanc grapes during the 2005 harvest. Lush, layered fruit sourced from Napa Valley’s finest, including the historic Emmolo family vineyard in Rutherford. Those same characteristics ring forth in the new release.

2005 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

TASTING NOTES - Charlie captured and preserved the true varietal components and flavors that intrigued him during harvest. Our 2005 vintage reminds us of a new day…crisp citrus, honeysuckle and honeydew melon aroma’s giving way to a palate of kiwi, lemon rind and mineral nuances. A mouth-coating entry with a remarkable key-lime finish. Daybreak in a glass.

VINEYARDS - The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc is a reflection of the vineyards that were carefully sourced. The vineyards, including the historic Emmolo family vineyards in the Rutherford District of Napa Valley, were farmed for optimal sun and air exposure. We experienced mild temperatures throughout most of the growing season. Some heat spikes gave us an advantage and spurred along the ripening process toward the end of harvest. The Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are grown on an open lyre trellis, which opens the leaf canopy and exposes the clusters to air exposure and dappled sunlight. This encourages the ripe, fruit forward flavors we desire. The grapes were hand-picked mid - August through late September – just as the fruit clusters turned golden in color.

WINEMAKING - Following whole cluster pressing, Charlie, fermented the wine in 100% stainless steel. In doing so, he was able to maintain the vibrant fruit characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc. A combination of small tanks and 75 gallon steel drums were used during fermentation and aging. The use of small drums gave Charlie the most control possible during blending. In blending the various vineyard lots, we sought a multi-flavored wine with concentrated fruit flavors and well balanced acidy. Brix: 24.3, Acidity: .66g/100ml.

“Our Napa Valley Merlot displays a dark currant hue. Subtle notes of toasty oak are highlighted with dense blackberry and peppery aromas. A concentrated core of plum, black cherry and exotic coffee bean flavors coat the palate. Firm tannins give way to hints of sage and toasted spice.”
- Cheryl Emmolo, Owner

2004 Merlot
Napa Valley

VINEYARDS - The Merlot grapes were selected from two distinct vineyards in Napa Carneros and Atlas Peak. It’s our family’s consensus that the cooler regions of Napa Valley are well suited to the varietal needs of Merlot. Both vineyards are situated above the coastal fog layer and receive ideal sun exposure and cool afternoon breezes. These growing conditions yield wines that are better balanced without excessive blending. The soil composition of Carneros and Atlas Peak are unique and ring forth in our 2004 Emmolo Merlot. Carneros with its clay - shale qualities and Atlas Peak with its volcanic origin are well drained and known to produce bold wines of true varietal character.

The 2004 growing season began with early rains followed by warmer than normal temperatures in March. Bud break came early followed by fairly mild weather. A long summer with consistently warm sunny days, allowed the grapes to ripen evenly to full maturity. Some leaf thinning throughout the summer increased the fruits exposure to sun and air exposure. We hand-picked the grapes in two phases on September 17 and October 4.

WINEMAKING – In the cellar, we tended to the wine on a lot by lot basis to broaden the scope of complexity. To achieve optimal concentration of color and flavor, but refined and well-integrated fruit tannins, the temperatures were controlled during fermentation in two distinctive stages (allowing temperatures up to 90 degrees F in the first few days to encourage high extraction, then dropped temperatures to 75 degrees F as fermentation finished.) The wine then cooled to 65 degrees F for a 30-day period of gentle extended maceration on the skins. Malolactic fermentation was completed in custom-toasted French oak barrels. The wine underwent fourteen months of barrel aging marrying the rich fruit flavors with notes of light smoke and
toasted spices.

Southern Wine & Spirits of Pacific Northwest Corporate Social Responsibility

John Klein, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Pacific Northwest (Southern)—encompassing Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana—is extremely proud of the large number of Southern team members across all seven states who have offered their volunteer time and donations to a wide range of national, state and local charitable groups. In 2013 and continuing through 2014, Southern has offered support to more than two-dozen different community-based, non-profit organizations across the region.

Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk—Supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital

For eight years, Matt Haskins, Senior Vice President, Wine for the Pacific Northwest has participated in the Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk, which benefits the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. In 2013, Southern was one of the single largest independent donor groups of the Charity Run to support families struggling with medical bills. In 2014, Southern employees raised more than $14,000 for the run. The need for uncompensated care grows each year and is expected to exceed more than $100 million this year. Of the 100,000 patients treated at Children’s each year, 65% need financial assistance.

The Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk is hosted by The Run for Children's Guild. For more information, please visit:

Detlef Schrempf Foundation

In June 2014, Southern donated a selection of wines and spirits from its supplier partners to the 21st Annual Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Gala and Auction. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation serves as a fundraising entity for Northwest children’s charities, enabling organizations to expand their own fundraising efforts.  The foundation’s vision is to assist these organizations in their quest to provide children a better chance at succeeding in life.

Guests of the event included more than 500 local business leaders, celebrities, athletes and philanthropists. Proceeds raised from The Ripple of Giving Gala fund The Healing Center and Inspire Youth Project.

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Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

In 2014, Southern donated to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane, Washington. The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. This mission evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of two. Following her death, a group of local business people established the Crisis Nursery so that parents would have a safe place to bring their children in the face of crises.”

The Crisis Nursery provides 24-hour child care for infants and children under the age of seven, parent education, crisis counseling for parents, and referrals to other community agencies. For more information, please visit:

Covenant House Alaska 2014 Fire and Ice Ball

In January2014, Southern donated wines and spirits from participating supplier partners to the Fire and Ice Ball, with all proceeds going to the Covenant House Alaska. Covenant House Alaska has served thousands of homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth in Alaska. Their sole purpose is to help youth in crisis 24-hours a day. Through three main programs—emergency shelter, street outreach and transitional living programs—Covenant House Alaska meets the basic needs of youth in crisis, while also providing them with the support to become healthy, self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.

This year's Fire & Ice Ball was a huge success. $500,000 was raised to benefit Covenant House Alaska. In just one night, guests provided funds to keep their doors open 24 hours a day for over 100 days. Thanks to this fun night of fundraising, hundreds of young men and women will have a safe, warm, loving roof over their heads.

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Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society:

In 2014, the Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society held its 22nd anniversary of the Anchorage Robert Burns Supper in honor of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. The charity event proceeds are earmarked for local charitable groups such as local Armed Services YMCA, Food Bank Alaska, and Breast Cancer Focus Alaska, among others.  Southern supported the event though an in-kind donation of wine and spirits.
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Oregon Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive

Thanks to the active participation of Southern team members, the annual food drive collected several hundred pounds of non-perishable goods which was donated to the Oregon Food Bank in Portland. The Oregon Food Bank distributes emergency food to hunger-relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. In addition, Oregon Food Bank’s metro and statewide services teams provide technical assistance and training to hunger-relief agencies and matches local donations to help agencies build capacity to better serve the community.

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One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies to distribute to people in need.

Southern’s Oregon team partnered with local retail customers to collect and donate several hundred coats for One Warm Coat of Oregon. For more information, please visit:

Additional Outreach Efforts

In addition to the charitable, health and community groups noted above, Southern supports City of Hope, Northwest Harvest, Toys for Tots, the YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, Cordova Sockeye Festival, First Friday Art, Cancer Society, UAS Alumni Association, March of Dimes Celebrity Chef event, Fur Rendezvous, Blue Line Youth Hockey, and AK Selects and the Sitka Seafood Festival, which in 2014 will once again feature a special appearance from the Head Winemaker of Rodney Strong Vineyards Rick Sayre. Southern charitably supports the Children’s Cancer Association of Oregon, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, and Elevate Oregon for urban youth.