Honig Vineyard & Winery, Rutherford, Napa Valley

Honig Vineyard & Winery is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley, known for Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Honig Sauv Blanc 2013

Honig Family Vineyard & Winery SignAs most of us know, Napa Cabernets can be very expensive. They are world renown and while Honig has an amazing $90 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet, we are glad they offer a $40 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon that is really lovely and lush. It can even be found at certain grocery stores (we buy it at Gelson’s in Los Angeles). So if you’re wondering what the big deal is with Napa Cabs, check out their $40 Cab and we think you’ll be impressed. It’s not 100% Cab but it’s close (it is a blend of 89% Cab, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Cab Franc).

To add to the experience of the wine, we really love Honig’s tasting room in Rutherford. It feels like someone’s living room – with a comfortable dining table and couches for relaxed tastings. They prefer appointments for their tastings but we saw them accommodate a couple who just walked in so don’t be shy. The last time we were up in Napa for the Napa Valley Film Festival, which was playing Jane’s short film Plain Clothes, written, directed and starring Sam Jaeger (of Parenthood), we decided to stop by. We relaxed on a couch while they poured us a selection of their beautiful wines.

Honig Napa Cab Campbell Vineyard 2009

We had a wonderful host who walked us through all the wine on their tasting list. He gave us the history of the wine and we were able to ask questions. All in all it was a lovely experience.

And as we were wrapping up our tasting, Stephanie Honig stopped by to say hello. When we made the appointment, we mentioned we were bloggers so she made a point to drop by and talk with us. She explained the history of the vineyard and how it all began with the Sauvignon Blanc. And they soon realized that Sauv Blanc is not the most popular wine so they started making Cab Sauv too. And we should all be happy about that because they make incredible Cab Sauvs.

Honig Employees

Honig Employees

Sam Jaeger/Plain Clothes

Also, the Napa Valley Film Festival was really great. We had a wonderful World Premiere of Plain Clothes. We are really proud of this short film. (You can watch it on YouTube here.) Sam has heard many stories of the horrors that police officers see each day and he wanted to do something about it. He wrote the script and asked Jane to produce it. The film depicts Cole, a police officer quietly suffering with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. We hope this film can help bring public awareness to the fact that police officers can suffer from PTSD and they need support and help to manage the problem and the associated symptoms.

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