Many years ago in a dappled Sonoma vineyard on a late-summer afternoon, a glass of pale-gold Chardonnay sparkled in my hands. Earth, sky, vine and witness – all seem transformed, within and out. There was only one way to go - forward – moved by the desire to uncompromisingly capture the magical essence of this noble grape in the glass.

That Voyage is Oceans Churning.

Memorable wines are born in unique places and often made in small lots. Inspired by the great Crus of Burgundy and Chablis, my mission is to handcraft elegant, food-oriented and cellar-worthy Chardonnays from some of the finest, low-yielding vineyards in the cool micro-climate of the Sonoma Coast.

For Chardonnay, few places in California can compare to the Sonoma Coast. In the frugal coastal soils on the leeward sides of spectacularly rugged and mist-shrouded mountains, vines struggle - yielding small harvests of fruit with the prized vibrancy associated with Burgundy and Chablis.

Above all in making wine, the relationship between grower and winemaker is sacrosanct. Trust is everything. My philosophy of working with small, unique Sonoma Coast vineyards reflects that trust and passion for conscious living and winemaking.