After voicing interest in starting his own label and perhaps leaving Beringer Vineyards after the 2001 harvest, winemaster Ed Sbragia has signed a new contract to stay on with Beringer, where he's been a winemaker for 25 years.
"I love this place and I'm going to stay as long as they'll have me," said Sbragia, 53.
At the same time, he indicated that he is still interested in starting his own label. He would use grapes from a family owned vineyard, planted to Cabernet and Zinfandel, near Healdsburg, Calif., in Sonoma County, where he was born and currently resides. "At some point I'd like to do something with my children," he said. At this time, however, he said he has not made any wine, nor made any specific plans to start a winery.
Meanwhile, Sbragia will continue to work with Beringer's top Napa Valley wines: its Private Reserve Cabernet, Chardonnay and vineyard designated wines, along with its Howell Mountain Merlot and late-harvest dessert wine, Nightingale.
"I'm going to continue to focus on making those wines even better," he said. Sbragia will continue to work with winemaker Laurie Hook, his assistant, who assumes a large amount of the winemaking duties.