Saint Helena, California
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Parry Cellars is Napa Valley’s smallest, family-owned single vineyard winery. Owners Stephen and Sue Parry only produce 200 cases of an elegant, well-balanced 100% cabernet sauvignon wine with luscious fruit and soft, silky tannins. This cabernet comes from their half-acre vineyard in front of their home located on the Silverado Trail just north of the town of St. Helena. The vineyard, planted by David Abreu, is sustainably farmed and certified under the Napa Green Program.
How did Stephen and Sue end up in the wine business? Maybe it’s because of Sue’s grandfather, Luigi, making wine in his San Francisco’s North Beach basement in 1910. Or, maybe it’s due to Stephen’s father, Frank, brewing beer and hard cider in his garage in San Diego in the early 1960’s. Stephen, born in England and raised in Southern California, met Sue, a native of South San Francisco, at the University of California at Davis 39 years ago. Neither of them had any inkling of getting into the wine business despite Sue taking an introductory wine course at UC Davis and Stephen sneaking into the wine tasting portion of the class!
Stephen’s career moves during his 31 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, six of those in Washington, DC, indirectly led them to buying their vineyard and home in 1997. Since they always enjoyed drinking wine and were avid gardeners, Stephen took some vineyard management courses. After recognizing their vineyard produced excellent fruit, they began making their own wine with lots of help from their winemaker, Andy Schweiger and vineyard manager, Paul Saviez.