Video Series: Napa Vineyard Ride-Along with Thomas Rivers Brown

Thomas Rivers Brown's Napa Cabernet prowess—particularly with Schrader Cellars—has made him California's most sought-after winemaker

Video Series: Napa Vineyard Ride-Along with Thomas Rivers Brown
Thomas Rivers Brown says winemakers belong in the vineyard as much as the cellar. (Tai Power Seeff)
Aug 16, 2021

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth joins star winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown in the heart of California Cabernet country for a Napa vineyard ride-along.

Napa Ride-Along with Thomas Rivers Brown, Part 1: Panek Vineyard

Napa Cabernet superstar Thomas Rivers Brown gives Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth an insider's look at how California's drought is impacting the 2021 Cabernet crop at Panek Vineyard in the St. Helena AVA.


Napa Ride-Along with Thomas Rivers Brown, Part 2: Stelling Vineyard

One of winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown's newest clients is Napa stalwart Far Niente. Brown shows us the pruning method employed at Far Niente's Martin Stelling Vineyard in the Oakville AVA and explains how it benefits fruit quality.


Napa Ride-Along with Thomas Rivers Brown, Part 3: M-Bar Ranch

Senior editor James Molesworth's ride-along with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown concludes in Napa's Oakville AVA at Round Pond's M-Bar Ranch Vineyard, where some light canopy pruning is helping to slow the Cabernet ripening process.


Bonus Video: Renewal and Determination at Schrader Cellars

Napa Cabernet all-stars Fred Schrader and Thomas Brown present six wines from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard at Wine Spectator's 2018 New York Wine Experience and reflect on the winery's early days.


Follow James Molesworth on Instagram at @jmolesworth1, and on Twitter at @jmolesworth1.

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