Trueblood is the work of Michael and Lisa Machat. It is the culmination of over 30 years of being in the crazy world of wine. Michael made it even crazier when he decided to make a wine from Transylvania called Vampire. He was "discouraged" from doing so because, at the time, Transylvania was part of the Soviet Union.
When the wall fell, Michael saw his chance and after five years of researching he finally brought his dream to life in 1995 and the first Vampire wine was born.
People in the wine world looked at him askance, thinking it was a joke. What nobody knew is that being a vampire was going to be the biggest venture around and Michael was at the forefront. The wine was a huge success.
With huge success comes huge competition and now he had several vampires to deal with. So, Michael moved his Vampire Vineyards to Paso Robles and eventually the Napa Valley.
Michael and Lisa are still enthralled with the vampire empire, but have limited their exaltation to making great wine in the Cabernet capital of the world. Trueblood is their latest incarnation.
In spite of the non-serious side of the story, Trueblood is a very serious wine. The grapes were hand harvested early in the morning to assure they arrive in perfect condition. The wine spends 36 months in new French oak barrels to attain integrated tannins and spice mingling with the black, sensuous fruit.