The September shipment has left the winery. Some of you may have your wines already and some will be enjoying them soon. Included in the Rock & Roll shipment is Markham's most popular wine, the Markham Merlot! Merlot has been the backbone of our winery for many decades now. We have even stuck by our love of Merlots through the good times and the bad times when certain movies gave Merlot a bad review.
Grown in several cooler locations in Napa, our Syrah vineyards offer jammy texture combined with tobacco smoke character. We allow the large, ovoid berries to start to dimple and pucker on their loose clusters before harvesting.
Markham Vineyards’ founder Bruce Markham, a native of Colorado, was born in the early 1930s. To add some perspective to the era, this was only a few years before prohibition was repealed! Over his formative years, Bruce was involved with the family’s outdoor advertising business. For 35 years he helped develop and expand the company’s growth into seven western states. Ready for a change, Bruce sold the corporation in 1976. He then embarked on his second career path right here in the heart of Napa Valley’s wine country.
The Holiday Season is quickly approaching and this year at Markham Vineyards we want to make sure that you have the perfect wine to help you end the year on a high note. We take pride in the making of our wine and we stand in awe at the ability of our winemaker, Kimberlee Nicholls, to make wines that age so gracefully, like with her masterpiece…the Estate Merlot.
If you live here in California, you already know we are subject to water usage restrictions. We are on our fourth year of below normal rainfall. Our estate vineyards’ weather stations show us we’ve had six inches more rain than last year and we could still get a drop or two more if we’re lucky. With the passing of Mother's Day, I think I can safely say that we are free from fear of frost damage.