The story behind the now iconic Chappellet wine label is one of a tight-knit family of artists, visionaries and dreamers. Donn and Molly Chappellet followed Donn’s dream of making wine by checking out of Los Angeles corporate life and heading north to California wine country with their young family. Andre Tchelistcheff—a founding father of modern Napa Valley Cabernet—mentored Donn. Donn was looking for a location where he could produce a “European” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. It was Tchelischeff who inspired him to search for land beyond the already busy valley floor and look to the hills, at a time when those in the hills were considered to be, well, hillbillies. In 1966, the sheer beauty of 320 acres of land on Pritchard Hill captured the hearts of Donn, Molly and their children. It was, appropriately, the Summer of Love—1967—that they moved lock, stock and barrel to this remote location and founded Chappellet.
Join managing family member Cyril Chappellet, winemaker Phillip Titus and Robert Parker Wine Advocate’s Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, for this vinous walk down memory lane, featuring eight vintages and four decades of Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon labels at the upcoming Matter Of Taste New York. Seats are strictly limited for this extraordinary opportunity to taste these historic, winery library stock bottles, so please book early to avoid disappointment!
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