At the inaugural Bottlerock in 2013, we met the gracious owner of the then-budding Cairdean Vineyards. We were trying to escape Napa’s heat in one of the many wine tents throughout the festival grounds and landed at a table with Cairdean, sipping their delish rosé.
Ed took the best care of us and quickly turned us onto his wines. He and his wife had been in the process of developing their St. Helena-based winery, which opened this past spring, for several years. We attended the assistant winemaker’s wedding this past June, which was the first event to be set at Cairdean prior to its general opening.