The old vines were planted in 1952. Half the vineyard is trellised, the other half; head pruned. Wilfred Wong calls the wine produced from these old vines a classic Dry Creek Zin.
Michael Sterling was born into the dairy industry. So what drove him to wine? Was it his adventures in the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux and the Rhone? Could it be his love of the vine or an unknown obsession for crisis management?
After all, he studied Journalism and won an Emmy Award for television producing. It all seemed to come together in 2000 when Mike returned to the vine and began studying Enology at UC Davis. Two years later, Mike created Homefire and began making Zins. In 2005, Hales Vineyard Old Vine scored "Double Gold" at the California Zinfandel Championships. The 2007 "Hales" was one of 30 wines out of 3,000 to win "4-Star Gold" at Orange Co. Probably no connection but we recently learned that Mike has ancestors who were wine growers in the 1600's in Alsace.