Circadia is the story of Kat and Rob McDonald, who shared a passion for art, farming, wine and each other. Armed with a degree in fermentation from U.C. Davis, Kat went to Australia some 20 years ago to work in the brewing industry. She met and married Rob and, eventually, they moved back to California, settling in Napa.
The couple have been making wine now for 20 years in three countries. They started by importing some of the top wines from Australia and went on to establish Art + Farm in Napa, from which they present their own wines.
They met winemaker Matt Stone by chance, since their children attended the same grade school. This is where it gets interesting. Matt's family founded Sterling Vineyards in 1964. Matt's interest in wine had taken him to France, where he'd completed a residency at none other than Chateau Lafite, one of the five first growths of Bordeaux.
With that kind of background, how good would you think their wines could be? Yes, at least that good!
The team here takes a very hands-on approach to every wine they make. Our selection is no exception. Since they've traversed three continents in their pursuit of great wine, California wasn't much of a challenge. Here they found the yin and yang of Sauvignon Blanc, blending forceful warm climate with reserved cool climate grapes to bring a perfectly channeled wine to the table.