Our award winning wine is full of love & gratitude, made with grapes sourced from Northern and Central California. The grapes are crushed, pressed, fermented, barrel aged and bottled within our urban facility.
We are all about community and like to give back however we can. One way is with our "Pay It Forward" bottles, where a portion of proceeds are dedicated to a non-profit organization, cause, person in need, or to simply build a awareness. Sip and support with these unique bottles.
ROSÉ | Global Mosaic Project
A portion of proceeds from every bottle sold is donated to the Global Mosaic Project. The Global Mosaic Project brings community-based public art, entrepreneurial training and art education to communities across the globe.
They partner with organizations, schools, community groups and businesses to develop unique participatory projects, designed and implemented through social engagement. Our mission is to foster positive community engagement through the creation of site-specific works of public art, leaving a legacy of neighborhood beautification, community cultural development and arts training for all ages.
Global Mosaic Projects highlight the Power of Art in communities, focusing on the creative process and affirming that community-based art can be a vehicle for social change by empowering participants, transforming environments and contributing to collective healing and economic development.
Founded by public artist, Laurel True, The Global Mosaic Project grew out of True's more than twenty years of experience creating community-based public art, architectural mosaics and a respected teaching practice. The Global Mosaic Project is an ongoing project of True Mosaics Studio.
LMF BLEND | Lois Merril Foundation
A portion of proceeds from every bottle sold is donated to the Lois Merrill Foundation. The Lois Merrill Foundation (LMF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 in honor of Lois Merrill. Lois passed away in 2006 from carcinoid cancer, a rare neuroendocrine cancer. Lois was a devoted wife, mother and school teacher whose passion for life and sincere desire to help others lives on through The LMF.
The Lois Merrill Foundation funds Medical Assistance Grants and Foundation Assistance Grants. Medical Assistance Grants provide patients in financial need with medical expense assistance. Foundation Assistance Grants provide non-profit organizations with funds to support research and education in conjunction with the goals of the foundation. For an application, click on "We can help" at the top of the page.
Why the Zebra? As a reminder to consider uncommon alternatives when making a diagnosis, medical students are often told, "When you hear hoof beats don't assume it's a horse, it might be a zebra." Carcinoid cancer is a slow growing cancer that is difficult to detect and can often be misdiagnosed. The zebra, therefore, symbolizes this rare and frequently camouflaged condition.
TATTOO RED | DAVE HARTMAN
This bottle is dedicated to a dear friend to the winery and the community in an effort to raise awareness of local artists. We love Dave, local tattoo artist, and he made this beautiful label art just for us. Cheers to that!
SURFING MADONNA BLEND | OCEANS PROJECT
If you are from around here, you remember the day the Surfing Madonna randomly appeared in Encinitas under the Coast Hwy bridge. That day we reached out to the artist to see if they would want to share their beautiful art on our wine. That was the day the Pay It Forward Bottles program began! A portion of proceeds from this bottle were donated to the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. This wine is no longer available at Carruth Cellars, as they began producing their own wine denied us use of the label art.
Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Encinitas, California and was officially formed in 2013 by Robert Nichols and Mark Patterson (artist of the Surfing Madonna mosaic).
The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is dedicated to bringing the community together to “Save the Ocean” and protect our coastline. Through youth education programs, ocean conservation project grants, marine mammal rescue/recovery initiatives and helping children with special needs experience the healing power of the ocean, we are helping to expand this community of ocean advocates.
THIS YEAR'S AWARD WINNERS
We submitted our wines to the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and received the following awards...
2016 Knights Valley Malbec
2018 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Knights Valley Merlot
2017 Dry Creek Valley Super Tuscan
2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2017 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
2016 Chalk Hill Cabernet Franc
2016 Dry Creek Valley GSM
2016 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
2016 Knights Valley Merlot
2016 North Coast BDX
2016 Sonoma Petite Sirah
2016 Chalk Hill Cabernet Franc
2017 Lodi Clement Hills Tempranillo
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNING VINTAGES
We compete in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition every year. Below are some of our proudest achievements…
BEST IN CLASS
2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 BDX North Coast Blend
2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Santa Lucia Pinot Noir
2015 Santa Lucia Pinot Noir
2013 BDX North Coast Blend
2011 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Paso Robles Petite Sirah
2015 Tattoo Red North Coast Blend
2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc
2014 Lake Country Malbec
2014 Alexander Valley Petit Verdot
2014 North Coast Tattoo Red Blend
2013 Russian River Petite Sirah
2012 Sonoma Valley Syrah
2012 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
NV North Coast FourPlay Blend
2011 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc
2009 Paso Robles Petite Sirah
2009 Lake County Malbec
2015 North Coast Tempranillo
2015 Alexander Valley Merlot
2015 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah
2015 Napa County Syrah
2016 Russian River Pinot Noir
(previous Silver vintages not listed)
2015 Chalk Hill Cabernet Franc
2015 North Coast Unicorn Blend
2015 Alexander Valley Petit Verdot
2015 Sonoma Malbec
2015 Paso Robles Sangiovese
2016 Clear Lake Sauvignon Blanc