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Final Vintage

New year greetings from beautiful Mount Veeder. We’re writing to let you know that our 2013 Montage, released last November, will be the final vintage available under the Scaggs Vineyard label. We’ve decided to leave the business of wine to others and focus our efforts as grape growers. Aside from the happy prospect of drinking wines made from grapes we’d farmed, the farming itself was what drew us initially and that’s where our hearts remain.

Developing Scaggs Vineyard has been a pleasure. We’re very proud of what winemaker Ken Bernards accomplished with our wines, and we’re so appreciative of the support and enthusiasm you, our customers, have shown us over the years.

With gratitude,
Boz and Dominique Scaggs


Reasons Celebrities Should Never, Ever Make Wine

Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2016

By Lettie Teague, wine columnist

 

Celebrities are famous for reasons unrelated to wine. An ability to sing or perform or drive a car very fast has nothing to do with an ability to turn grapes into wine. Have you ever watched a great actor in a play, listened to a talented singer or watched a basketball player race down the court and thought, “I wonder what that person could do with Pinot Noir”? No, you have not—unless you are that celebrity’s agent or own a marketing company……

There are so many, much easier ways for celebrities to make money off their names. Why not make a perfume instead? For the sake of serious winemakers and wine drinkers who really care about wine, I suggest wine-inclined celebrities consider producing an Eau de Cabernet instead of an actual Cabernet.

A few who should, in my book, continue making wine: the Coppola family (Francis Ford Coppola Winery); Boz Scaggs (Scaggs Vineyard); Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler (Il Palagio); and the celebrity phenomenon that was Brangelina….”


April 2015 Release

Boz Scaggs: A Fool toCare 

Written by  for American Songwriter 

Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care

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4 out of 5 stars

It seems the less time that goes into producing a Boz Scaggs album lately, the better they are. His last, 2013’s wonderful Memphis, found him recording a predominately covers set in the titular southern musical landmark that wrapped his smooth soul vocals around the city’s greasy R&B. For this follow-up, he relocates to Nashville’s Bluebird Studio and lays down tracks in four days. It’s another batch of mostly obscure older songs written by others (there is one original) with the same core musicians as the previous release. They include Radio’s Ray Parker Jr. on guitar, bassist Willie Weeks and noted drummer/producer Steve Jordan. It’s a killer combo, expert at finding, and holding, an authentic and malleable soul groove.

Subtle horns and strings enhance but never overwhelm a vibe that shifts from the low key Latin shuffle of “I Want to See You” to the French cabaret of “Last Tango on 16th Street,”  both penned by Jack Walroth, a Scaggs friend and blues artist from San Francisco. The singer returns to the Al Green songbook and sound he embraced on Memphis for a funky “Full of Fire” and goes gospel on the great Curtis Mayfield/Impressions gem “I’m So Proud.”

Even when Scaggs reaches back into the slick, satiny soul that yielded his biggest commercial boost in the mid-70s on a heartfelt version of the Spinners’ “Love Don’t Love Nobody,” the relatively stripped down arrangement keeps the session grounded. The atmosphere really gets hot on Scaggs’ lone original “Hell to Pay” where Bonnie Raitt both trades lead vocals and supercharges the rockabilly/blues with her distinctive, cutting slide guitar.

Americana fans are also certain to embrace a warm, sumptuous and intensely emotional take on The Band’s classic ballad “Whispering Pines” where Lucinda Williams and Scaggs go toe-to-toe on a track sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

It caps an album that is arguably one of Scaggs’ finest and surely his most relaxed in a career dating back to Steve Miller’s shotgun riding band member in the 60s. His calm, ageless voice is perfect for this material and it’s clear he’s in his element on 13 songs that capture and condense the essence of his Americana blues, soul and country influences.

March 31, 2015


Wine Spectator: From Guitars to Grenache

From Guitars to GrenacheRock star Boz Scaggs makes Rhône-inspired wine from
vineyards at his Napa home

It was the booming psychedelic music movement that first called Boz Scaggs to San Francisco, in 1967. The singer of eight Top 40 singles, including "Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown," Scaggs, 69, began his musical career with the Steve Miller Band and has since put out 21 solo albums, including his latest, Memphis.

But music isn't the only passion Scaggs found in the Bay Area. He and his wife, Dominique, have 2.5 acres planted to vines on their Mount Veeder property in Napa Valley. Under their label, Scaggs Vineyards, the couple produces about 400 cases annually of a Grenache rosé and a Rhône-style red blend called Montage. Scaggs talked with editorial assistant Esther Mobley about his love for wine, his accidental initiation into grapegrowing and his commitment to organic viticulture...

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Scaggs Vineyard's Rose Poured at President Obama Fundraising Dinner

President Obama speaking in San Francisco last night. Photo: Getty

Last night, President Obama visited San Francisco on a whirlwind fundraising visit.

Alice Waters and Tyler Florence were the culinary hosts for the dinner portion of the evening, which ran $20,000 per person . It also marked the second time in less than a month that Tyler Florence cooked for President Obama.

Along with the current Chez Panisse kitchen crew, joining the host duo were a legion of familiar alumni of the Berkeley restaurant: Sylvan Mishima Brackett (Peko Peko), Mary Canales and Mattea Soreng (Ici), Sue Conley (Cowgirl Creamery), Charlie Hallowell (Pizzaiolo), Christopher Lee (Salumiere), Russell Moore (Camino), Gilbert Pilgram and Annie Callan (Zuni Cafe), Gayle Pirie and John Clark (Foreign Cinema), Charlene Reis and Paul Arenstam (Summer Kitchen), Bryant Terry (chef/author), and Michael and Lindsay Tusk (Quince).

So what was on the bill of fare? The full menu is below in full and includes Scaggs Vineyard Rose, a fall tomato salad with mozzarella, boudin blanc, eggplant tagine and much more. There was also an apple press acting as a centerpiece of sorts, making fresh apple juice for guests.

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