Giving Thanks for you | What do Pinot and hardware magnates have in common?

November 18, 2020 15:21


Gratitude and Thanks

While this year has certainly given all of us more than our fair share of challenges, it's the way we band together to meet those challenges that always inspires us. We are thankful more than ever for the friendship and support of our wonderful club members and mailing list friends. Your words of encouragement, and funny and passionate expressions of how much you need wine right now, keeps us smiling.  

As we get ready for a Thanksgiving holiday a little different than how most of us usually celebrate, we hope you have a grateful day full of love. We raise our glasses to toast all of you—thank you!

A Pinot that will "fix you right up":
2018 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Those of you in New England may be familiar with Aubuchon Hardware (whose slogan is "We'll fix you right up!"), a much loved, long-time neighborhood staple. Owner Bill Aubuchon's lovely wife is Karson, and when her father passed away, his wife mentioned that she'd always wanted to have a vineyard on their beautiful and historic property called Docker Hill, in Comptche in Mendocino County. Bill thought, "great, here's my chance to get in good with my mother-in-law!" So he said he'd love to help make that happen. The next morning, reality set in and he realized he had no idea how to begin, and wondered what he had gotten himself into. But a promise is a promise, so, in 2010 he undertook the project of seeing Docker Hill Vineyard become reality.

It has been, and continues to be a huge learning process, but caring, paying attention, and culling the advice of experts has paid off well. Jose Monzo had been taking care of Karson’s Dad on the property, and together, Bill and Jose (along with much of the Monzo family) have become thoughtful and competent farmers. Their well-earned pride shows in the wonderful fruit, and the entire property. In 2016, a friend told us about this cool, remote vineyard, and Dan was hooked after one visit–beauty talks. We started producing our Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir that harvest.

Jose driving Bill exuberantly around the vineyard—we try to bottle that enthusiasm!

Our 2018 Docker Hill Pinot Noir is everything we love about this part of the world. Deep blackberry and boysenberry lead the nose, luring you in with a sumptuous promise. Spicy sandalwood provides an enticing backdrop to the sweet fruit. Loads of mountain berry follow through in the mouth, with red plum and black cherry chiming in—think decadent Jolly Rancher—along with a little black tea. The wine is broad and solid in the middle, and the texture is soft and plush, before finishing long on a wild blackberry note.  

The media have been very kind to our new addition, with the 2018 vintage already earning nice accolades:

94 & Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
92 points, Connoisseur's Guide
93 points, WineReviewOnline
93 points, Anthony Dias Blue
92 points, PlanetGrape 

2018 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir  $68

While this may not be the biggest Thanksgiving you've celebrated, it can still be one of the most special. Slowing down and enjoying an intimate meal shared with those closest to you is something we can all appreciate, especially these days. To accompany your feast, we've selected three of our Green Valley wines that pair perfectly with your turkey and all the trimmings and will make all the wine fans at your table happy.

Green Valley Thanksgiving Trio

2018 Green Valley Vineyard Gewurztraminer
2017 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir

$139 — includes shipping!


Holiday Gifting with Dutton-Goldfield

Thinking about the holidays yet, and how to thank your clients, colleagues, and associates this season? Especially this year when large gatherings are out of the mix, and everyone is cooking at home more, you can make their holidays extra bright with a gift of wine from Dutton-Goldfield. From 2 to 100 or more, we'd love to help you with gift packages that will delight your recipients. You can choose one of the gift packages we've created for the season, or we'd be happy to work with you to create your own. We make the process so easy: Just provide us with your address list and gift message, and we take care of the rest! Plus, in addition to the delicious wine, your gift includes:

  • All 2- and 3-bottle gift packages are presented in a handsome gift box.
  • Complimentary personalized gift notes.
  • A certificate for a complimentary tasting for 4 people at our tasting room—an added $120 value. 
  • UPS Ground shipping at 75% off—that's just $6 to $7.50 for our 2- and 3-bottle packages

Shop Holiday 2020 Gift Packages

You can also give us a call at 707.823.3887 or email Valerie at for more information.

Magnums for the Holidays

Looking to make a statement with a big bottle, or need a little extra for your holiday table? In addition to our gift packages, we're also offering all 2016 magnums at 10% off for the season. 

Our patio has been covered and additional heaters are on the way. We look forward to continuing to host guests outdoors throughout the season. Please make an appointment to visit us.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! 

Your friends at DG