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Smith-Madrone Recognized in New Book on American Wine

(St. Helena, Napa Valley) – Smith-Madrone Winery is prominently mentioned in the new book American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the United States. Published by University of California Press, the 288 page-book sells for $50.00 and is the first comprehensive and authoritative reference to the wines, wineries and winemakers of all fifty states.

In the section on the Spring Mountain District appellation, the text is anchored with a large photo of the corridor of hundred-year-old olive trees leading to the winery building at Smith-Madrone. Authors Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy single out Smith-Madrone as a “Trailblazer” and also cite the winery for its “Steady Hands.” In addition, Robinson and Murphy write “…Smith-Madrone, perched atop Spring Mountain, makes dry, aromatic Rieslings that have a reputation for aging beautifully. Brothers Stu and Charles Smith also produce commendable Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons, although their Rieslings attract most of the attention. The Riesling vines are planted on an east-facing slope and thus aren’t subjected to intense afternoon sun during the growing season. The winery, which turned 40 in 2011, occasionally releases older vintage Rieslings for sale, demonstrating the ageworthiness of the wines.”

Jancis Robinson is the author of The Oxford Companion to Wine and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine; she writes weekly for The Financial Times and blogs daily at Linda Murphy is the former Wine Editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and former managing editor of The New York Times wine website as well as a distinguished wine judge.

In their new book they share their vast knowledge and colorful tales collected from vineyards across the country – currently the U.S. has more than 7,000 wineries in every state.

Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, Smith-Madrone is one of Napa Valley’s original artisanal wineries. Perched at the top of the Spring Mountain District in the Napa Valley, all of the winery’s wines are made from the estate vineyards surrounding the winery, planted 41 years ago by Stuart and Charles Smith. The vineyards are dry-farmed on steep mountainsides surrounding the winery, at elevations between 1,300 and 2,000 feet, on slopes angling up to 34 percent.

The winery is open for tours and tastings Monday-Saturday, at 4022 Spring Mountain Road (St. Helena, California 94574, 707/963-2283,,

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