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Claiborne & Churchill

Claiborne & Churchill is a small, family-owned winery founded in 1983 ...

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Claiborne & Churchill is a small, family-owned winery founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill. Former teachers at the University of Michigan (Clay specialized in Old Norse Languages and Literatures and Fredericka taught German), the couple left the "Groves of Academe" for the vineyards of California in 1981 in order to start a new life in the wine industry. Clay began as a "cellar rat" in a local winery, learning the business from the ground up (actually underground), and soon the two were encouraged to start their own wine production in that host facility.

In 1995 Clay and Fredericka completed construction on their new and permanent winery building. This structure, a noteworthy example of environmental architecture, is a "straw bale building," the first of its kind in California. With sixteen-inch thick walls made of bales of rice straw, the winery is so well insulated that it maintains a constant cellar temperature, without the need for mechanical cooling or heating.

At Claiborne & Churchill traditional European winemaking techniques prevail, including extensive use of barrel-fermentation and barrel-aging (even with Riesling and Gewürztraminer), minimal manipulation of juice and wine, "natural" or spontaneous fermentation using indigenous yeast, and limited use of SO2, all in the belief that the winemaker's task is to bring out the flavor and character that is latent in the grape. Our aim is to create pleasurable dinner wines in which there is a harmonious balance of fruit and oak, structure and texture.

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  • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Gris 2013 Front Label
    Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Gris 2013
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    • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
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      • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
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        • Claiborne & Churchill Gewurztraminer 2002
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          • Claiborne & Churchill Riesling 2002
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            • Claiborne & Churchill Dry Riesling 2013 Front Label
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            • Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewurztraminer 1999 Front Label
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              • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
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              • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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                • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
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                • Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewurztraminer 2018  Front Label
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                  • Claiborne & Churchill Dry Riesling 2016 Front Label
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                  • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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                  • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
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                    • Claiborne & Churchill Dry Riesling 2017 Front Label
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                      • Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewurztraminer 2014 Front Label
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                        • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Gris 2015 Front Label
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