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In the early 1970s legendary California winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff ...

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In the early 1970s legendary California winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff telephoned amateur winemaker Al Baxter and invited himself to dinner and a tasting. Tchelistcheff who was at that time the most influential post prohibition American winemaker was the mentor for such notables as Robert Mondavi and Louis Martini. He was most notable for his contributions towardvineyards2defining the style of California’s best wines, especially the Beaulieu Private ReserveGeorges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon. Andre had heard about Baxter’samateur winemaking and about some wonderful wines made by Al in his basement. After the dinner and tasting Tchelistcheff concluded thewines were very good. He advised Baxter to consider going commercial. Veedercrest was born!

Baxter formed an investment group with co-principals Ron Fenolio, now sole proprietor of Veedercrest, and the Ring Family of New Jersey. A 300 acre property was acquired on Mt. Veeder for vineyard developmentand a vineyard was planted. The year 1972 saw the first releases, including Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Reisling. By 1976 the wines had garnered such critical acclaim that they were selected by Steve Spurrier to be in the infamous 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting where Chateau Montelena and Stags Leap bested the best of the French. Make sure you see the entertaining movie “Bottle Shock” about this great event, featuring Chateau Montelebottle1na’s story. At that historic tasting Veedercrest Chardonnay was acclaimed as the most “French” in style of all the Chardonnay wines entered, regardless of whether French or California in origin. Veedercrest wines were later served at White House dinners under President Jimmy Carter and to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Philadelphia. In 1981, at the International Wine Exposition in Bristol, England, Veedercrest garnered more awards for its wines than any other American winery. The tradition of making great award winning wines continues today.

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    Veedercrest Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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    • Veedercrest Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon 1978
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        Veedercrest Vintners Select Merlot 2009
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          Veedercrest North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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            Veedercrest Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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              Veedercrest Ruhl Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
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                Veedercrest Ruhl Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
                Chardonnay from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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