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March 9, 2020 | John Doe

Shadybrook Wins Big @ TEXSOM

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Shadybrook Estate , Platiné Blanc, Semillon, Napa Valley, 2017, Platinum Medal

Shadybrook Estate , Malbec, Estate Vineyards, Napa Valley, Coombsville, 2016, Gold Medal

Unique amongst all other wine competitions, the TEXSOM International Wine Awards holds a Sommelier Retreat behind the scenes. This year a total of 69 participants were in attendance; 45 sommeliers from 16 states and two countries and 24 mentors (Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine and Editors). While the judges and volunteers were hard at work facilitating the judging of over 2,800 wines, the panel of sommeliers tasted select medal-winning wines, received tutelage in writing about these wines from the esteemed editors also in attendance, practiced blind tasting techniques with Master Sommeliers and worked with the Wine Awards production team to understand the competition’s high standards and rigorous processes. 

The TEXSOM International Wine Awards arranges award entries by category of beverage, place of origin, and type. Medals are awarded on a merit basis as bronze, silver, gold, or Judges’ Selection nomination, which are elevated to platinum.  

Wines demonstrating quality and unique character that are exceptional even amongst their medal-winning peers may be nominated by judging panels for specific Judges’ Selection categories. All Judges’ Selection nominees are elevated to platinum medal. These platinum medal wines are blind tasted by special panels to award the winner for each category of Judges’ Selection medal. This year 52 Judges’ Selection medals were awarded.

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Time Posted: Mar 9, 2020 at 6:23 PM
John Doe
February 19, 2020 | John Doe

Napa Valley’s Best Boutique Winery Winner!

Discover Coombsville, AVA

Whether traveling to Napa for its exquisite wines or its picturesque vistas, Shadybrook Estate Winery at Rapp Ranch offers a truly unique experience that hearkens back to the Valley’s original ranchers. Located in a charming corner of Goombsville, the historic property offers guests a unique selection of small-lot Estate wines graciously crafted to showcase the balance and power of the Goombsville terroir. By appointment visits include an estate tour and tasting, either paired with cheese and charcuterie or for visitors with an adventurer’s spirit, a guided horseback ride through the vineyard.

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Time Posted: Feb 19, 2020 at 4:28 PM
John Doe
August 6, 2019 | John Doe

Raiders’ horseback riders steal show in ‘Hard Knocks’ premiere

Raiders’ horseback riders steal show in ‘Hard Knocks’ premiere

The Antonio Brown saga may be one of the biggest storylines of “Hard Knocks” with the Oakland Raiders this season, but rookie safety Johnathan Abram became the talk of Twitter during Tuesday’s premiere on HBO.

Abram, this year’s 27th overall pick out of Mississippi State, kicked off the debut episode by enjoying a horseback ride in Napa Valley with a fellow rookie, defensive end Clelin Ferrell, which ignited a slew of reactions online.

“Clelin Ferrell and Jonathan Abram are my new favorite NFL duo. #HardKnocks,” one fan posted.

“And Clelin Ferrell quickly joins the quote machines. He and Jonathan Abram singing the Wayans Brothers theme and Old Town Road has be laughing,” another wrote.

“If #HardKnocks was just Johnathan Abram and Clelin Ferrell riding horses for an hour every week that would be fine,” a commenter shared.

Even the Raiders hyped up the blossoming broamance by sharing a gif of the pair on their account, tweeting, “We’re brothersss.”

Though Abram did garner attention for his performance at practice, it was his dinner exchange with quarterback Derek Carr that got social media wound up once more.

“Derek Carr telling Jonathan Abram how to pronounce salmon is why #HardKnocks is the best,” sports columnist Grant Paulsen posted.

“Notabale takeaways from Hard Knocks,” one fan wrote, adding, “Johnathan Abram refuses to pronounce salmon correctly.

Even with a slew of episodes to go, Skip Bayless tossed Abram’s hat into the ring for an early season MVP.

“Breakout star in tonight’s ‘Hard Knock’: rookie first-round safety Johnathan Abram. Every time I turned on a MissSt game, he flashed. Heat-seeking missile in the Jack Tatum mold. Raider Nation will love his fearlessness,” Bayless tweeted.

“Hard Knocks” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

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Time Posted: Aug 6, 2019 at 9:00 AM
John Doe
July 31, 2019 | John Doe

We are featured in The New York Times!

Napa With the Family (Great Wine, Minimal Whine)

Napa With the Family (Great Wine, Minimal Whine)

Ride Through the Vines

Another way to experience the spectacular landscape is by horseback. We signed on with Napa Valley Trail Rides for a 30-minute mosey through the rolling vineyards of Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch (where there is also a tasting room). Our guides were hipster cowgirls and Brette got to visit the stables after the ride.

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Time Posted: Jul 31, 2019 at 2:34 PM
John Doe
June 13, 2019 | John Doe

Get Your Summer Started Out Right!

Summer Promo!

Hot Summer days spent poolside or warm nights by the campfire. Why not enjoy them with a glass of wine in hand?

RAPP RANCH 2015 Chardonnay $40 per bottle

2015 Chardonnay
$40 per bottle


Golden straw in color with a bouquet of white peach, lychee, and sweet leather. Lingering aromas of dried apricot and honeysuckle invite you to take a sip. The palate is clean yet full with flavors of blood orange, pear, kiwi and creme caramel. Finishing with notes of big and juicy stone fruits, lightly toasted oak, and maple butter that linger on the tongue.

SHADYROOK ESTATE 2015 Platine Blanc $35 per bottle

2015 Platine Blanc
$35 per bottle


Beautifully pale straw in color, the aromas of lychee, meringue, and key lime entice your senses, with secondary aromas of pear, mandarin, honey and malt that leave you eager to take a sip. Bright and viscous on the front palate, notes of Meyer lemon and apricot glide across the tongue leaving you with a long, clean finish.


The Perfect Pairing

with chiogga beet puree

By Chef Carlo Cavallo
Serves 4

3/4 cup of Orange Juice
Juice  & Zest of 2 limes
8 Jumbo prawns (size 13/15), Poached in water till medium rare
4 oz of micro greens
2 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
1 box of heirloom toybox tomatoes (sliced lengthwise into 4)
1 english cucumber, diced in ¼ inch cubes
¼  cup Muscat wine vinegar
¾   cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 Peeled Chiogga beet, roasted in oven till cooked through
1 bunch of chives, thinly sliced
1 watermelon radish, thinly sliced on a bias
Salt & Pepper

For the Shrimp Ceviche
In a small bowl, place Orange Juice, lime juice, lime zest, a pinch of Salt & Pepper and mix. Add the poached shrimp and place in a refrigerator covered for at least 4 hours

For the dressing
In a mixing bowl, add the  chives, and Muscat vinegar. Slowly whisk in the Extra virgin olive oil to create an infusion dressing, salt & pepper to taste.

For the Beet Puree
Cut the Chiogga beet into six pieces, place in a blender with  ¼ cup of dressing…puree till smooth

Assemble the Salad
Place a tablespoon of the beet puree on a plate and spread. 
In a small bowl add tomato, grapefruit segments, and cucumbers and mix in the remaining dressing.  Using a 3 inch ring mold, place ¼ of this mixture in the mold and press…remove an excess dressing.  Place 2 marinated prawns on the side and garnish with microgreens and a watermelon radish

Time Posted: Jun 13, 2019 at 10:13 AM
John Doe
March 26, 2019 | John Doe

Discover Coombsville, AVA

Discover Coombsville, AVA

A once sleepy, understated grape growing region of the Napa Valley has long been the secret ingredient for many award-winning and 90-plus point wines. Acclaimed vintners like Robert Mondavi, Joseph Phelps, Louie Martini, Dario Sattui and Paul Hobbs, to name a few, sourced their grapes from the rocky soils that abut the shadows of Mt. George in the Valley’s southeast side.

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Time Posted: Mar 26, 2019 at 7:10 PM
John Doe
March 11, 2019 | John Doe

Napa Valley’s Best Equestrian Winery Experiences

Napa Valley’s Best Equestrian Winery Experiences

Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch

Just a few miles away from the bustle of downtown Napa, nestled in the foothills of the Vacas Range, Napa Valley opens its kimono to the quiet grace of Coombsville. With sprawling acreage home to vineyards, farms, ranches and a peppering of multi generation residential communities, Coombsville is one of Napa Valley’s hidden treasures. Having received its AVA designation in 2011, it is becoming one of Napa’s most sought after regions for wineries to establish a footing both as a premier location to produce grapes and to open space to welcome visitors.

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Time Posted: Mar 11, 2019 at 7:11 PM
John Doe
July 23, 2018 | John Doe

Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points Shadybrook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville)

Wine Enthusiast 93 Points

A soft entry greets the palate of this well-made wine, complex in its earthiness and supple, polished tannins. With breadth and length, it shines in clove, leather and cedar, ending on notes of toasted oak and black cherry.

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Time Posted: Jul 23, 2018 at 5:17 PM
John Doe
January 17, 2018 | John Doe

This past weekend’s Napa Truffle Festival took us to one of Napa’s newest winery settings in the Coombsville appellation in Napa – Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch.

Winery Truffle Lunch Hosted by Shadybrook Estate Winery

This past weekend’s Napa Truffle Festival took us to one of Napa’s newest winery settings in the Coombsville appellation in Napa – Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch.

The Saturday afternoon luncheon was set on the beautiful expansive terrace of the stunning winery estate. Mother nature delivered a spectacular sunny warm day with gentle breezes and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Guests sipped the extraordinary wines of Shadybrook beautifully paired with the truffle lunch prepared by Michelin star Chef Gabriel Kreuther of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant. Chef was also assisted in the estates fabulous commercial kitchen by Napa Truffle Festival Host Chef, Ken Frank...

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Time Posted: Jan 17, 2018 at 3:52 PM
John Doe
December 1, 2017 | John Doe

Shadybrook Estate is the Proud Winner of Most Innovative Wine Tourism Experience

Innovative Wine Tourism Experience – Shadybrook Estate Winery (Napa Valley)

As one of nine recognized Great Wine Capitals, San Francisco | Napa Valley has awarded its hospitality leaders the 2018 Best Of Wine Tourism regional designations in seven categories.

The Best Of awards categories include accommodations; art and culture; architecture and landscape; innovative wine tourism experience; sustainable wine tourism practices; wine tourism restaurant; and wine tourism services.

The 2018 Best Of regional San Francisco Innovative Wine Tourism Experience is Shadybrook Estate Winery

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Time Posted: Dec 1, 2017 at 12:38 PM
John Doe
July 9, 2016 | John Doe

Shadybrook Wins the Trifecta!

2013 Shadybrook Estate Malbec - Double Gold Medal  
2013 Shadybrook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - Gold Medal
2014 Shadybrook Estate Platiné Blanc - Silver Medal

Earlier this year, we submitted our wines into the infamous San Francisco International Wine Competition.  Established in 1980, this long-standing competition sets the standard for professional wine judging across the globe on domestic and international wines.  This competition is the largest international wine competition in the United States.

Out of the 4,600 wines submitted, our 2013 Malbec was awarded the Double Gold Medal! Our Malbec was not the only winner, the 2013 Cabernet received the Gold Medal and our 2014 Platine Blanc received the Silver Medal.  We are elated and honored to be awarded this trifecta of medals and to be recognized as one of the world’s esteemed wine producers.

The SFIWC is considered to be one of the most influential wine competitions in the world and of all competitions, this is the one to win! A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence and wines recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are universally understood to be among the very best. Competition judges are established wine-industry experts.  Medal winners are chosen through a rigorous judging process – a highly controlled operation held over four days of blind tastings. 

Congratulations to Rudy Zuidema, our esteemed winemaker, and the Shadybrook team for the well-deserved win on all three Shadybrook Estate Wines at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition!

San Francisco International Wine Competition Top Awards' Best Malbec: 2013 Shadybrook Estate Malbec


Time Posted: Jul 9, 2016 at 4:19 PM