We love these guys. Owners, winemakers, dishwashers and cleaners, Mark Canepa and Neil Koch are the guys who are The Dude. Or, should we say Dudes? We've featured their creations before and we'll feature them again for the same reason: they make absolutely incredible wine for the price.
They have no winery and no vineyards. But, a lot of people do and they can borrow a winery or buy grapes or bulk wine, blend it and put it out for a fraction of the competition. Do they need fancy caves, an elaborate tasting room or rows of grapes to make great wine?Obviously not. Unfortunately, that's what drives a lot of people into the wine business and that's why their wines are more expensive than The Dude. A lot more expensive.
Without all those expenses to worry about, they can concentrate on the wine and nothing else. Mark learned this when he sold barrels to all the top wineries in California, particularly in Napa Valley. Through the years he learned from the best. How wine was sourced, how it was made and how it was created.
When he and Neil decided to use those contacts to do this themselves, The Dude was born. They're based in Napa, but they're not bound by it. As a result, our selection comes from the Russian River in Sonoma. It's all there. The lovely cherry and mint candy in the nose to the bright spice and enveloping vanilla on the tongue. From salmon to Salisbury steak, this is a winner.