NAPA VALLEY, Calif., July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cristie Kerr Wines has launched its second wine project, Kerr Cellars, founded by champion golfer Cristie Kerr. Kerr Cellars features wines produced from the selective, exceptionally-farmed vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, California. These limited, micro-production wines are meticulously handcrafted from vineyard to bottle by talented winemaker Helen Keplinger.
"It is a privilege to be able to share these exceptionally fine wines, which began production in 2013, with the public," said Kerr. "Much like golf, it takes a lot of time and patience to be in the wine business, and I have enjoyed crafting these wines with my friend Helen Keplinger. She is an incredible talent."
Helen Keplinger, who was on the cover of the Wine Spectator in July of 2014 and voted 2012 Winemaker of the Year by Food and Wine magazine, has been Kerr Cellars' winemaker from the inaugural 2013 vintage.
"I love working with Cristie on this project – she has incredible drive and a terrific palate," said Keplinger. "We have a shared philosophy that wines should have their own unique identity, which these stunning wines certainly do."
Kerr Cellars joins Curvature Wines in Cristie Kerr Wines' boutique brand portfolio. Served in some of the finest restaurants and country clubs, and even the White House, Curvature Wines' Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are made by Pride Mountain Vineyard's renowned winemaker Sally Johnson. This strong introduction into the wine industry has built Cristie Kerr's reputation of knowing her way around the vineyard and blending table.
Kerr Cellars will offer three small-production wines, which can be purchased directly from the winery at www.kerrcellars.com: 2013 Napa Valley Reserve Red, 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
For wholesale and retail inquiries, please email Curtis Hecker, General Manager and Director of Sales, at [email protected].
About Cristie Kerr
Cristie Kerr is one of the most accomplished professional golfers of her generation, with two major championships and 18 titles to her name. She is a widely recognized breast cancer spokesperson and activist whose foundation, Birdies for Breast Cancer, has raised millions of dollars to help fight the disease. Her passion for wines began in 2006 with the creation of Curvature Wines, a partnership with Suzanne Pride Bryant, co-owner of Pride Mountain Vineyard and a cancer survivor. Proceeds from all Curvature sales are used to further the research for finding a cure. The wines have received many accolades and praises, including being served in the White House.
About Helen Keplinger
Helen Keplinger has been the Winemaker for Kerr Cellars since 2013. She is widely recognized as one of the top winemakers in California. After graduating from UC Davis with a Masters Degree in Enology she worked with industry all-stars Heidi Barrett, Kathy Joseph, Michel Rolland and David Abreu, to name a few. Helen proceeded to build her resume as the winemaker at some of the most recognized wineries in California including Cellers Melis (Priorat), Kenzo Estate, Fort Ross, Sarocka, Scully, Arrow & Branch, Bryant Family Vineyards and Grace Family Vineyards. In 2006, Helen started Keplinger Wines with her husband DJ Warner and since then, Keplinger Wines has sold out of every vintage it produced and received incredible reviews along the way. Helen was named "Winemaker of the Year" by Food and Wine magazine in 2012 and in 2014 she graced the cover of Wine Spectator magazine's June issue. The cover story described Helen's work as "one of the most exciting and innovative wineries to emerge in California in years."
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