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Krisi Raymond represents the fifth generation in her family to grow grapes and make wine in the Napa Valley. Her family roots run deep, dating back to 1876 when her great-great- grandfather Jacob Beringer, together with his brother Frederick, established Beringer Brothers Winery just north of St. Helena.
The next generation continued to produce wine through Prohibition for medicinal and sacramental purposes. It was in 1933 with the repeal of Prohibition that Roy Raymond began his career in the wine industry at Beringer Brothers Winery. In 1936 he married Martha Jane Beringer, granddaughter of Jacob Beringer. Their two sons, Roy Jr. and Walter, continued the family’s winemaking tradition at Beringer Brothers Winery after attending college.
With their share of the proceeds from the sale of Beringer in 1970, the Raymond family purchased 90 acres of prime vineyard land south of St. Helena on Zinfandel Lane and founded Raymond Vineyards & Cellar. They planted a variety of wine grapes on the property and crushed their first vintage in 1974.
Nearly 30 years later in 2001, Krisi Raymond stepped out on her own as a grape grower and winemaker. With just one acre planted to Sauvignon Blanc and a handful of select grape growers she produces fine Napa Valley wines. Krisi focuses on her favorite varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.
If you get lost in their extensive family tree like I did, just know that their family has been making wine in Napa for over 130 years. Their roots run deep and they know a thing or two about winemaking! I LOVE this Sauvignon Blanc because it is super clean and crisp with bright citrus flavors. It’s not too grassy or too grapefruity – just super easy sippin’ – plus it’s organic. Pair it with your next pool day.
Taylor Morgan – August 2021