Partridge Cellars Blog

Shoulder shimmies + holiday offer reminder December 11 2014

The songs of the holiday season...

Holiday music started in the Partridge headquarters this week, and I have been surprised by how many songs I've attached to certain memories or movies over the years.  Do they do this for you too?

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" not only prompted a little shoulder shimmy sing-along, but took me back to the early 90's when my dad would turn it on our home stereo system Christmas morning just before we dove head first into the presents under the tree. That song was the start of our day for as long as I can remember, and even with our own families now it remains a tradition.  Who knew my dad's celeb crush on Mariah Carey could turn into such a long cherished memory? 

Then I'll also hear songs like Mele Kalikimaka and all I can picture is Clark Griswold dreaming of his in-ground pool, or "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," which is attached to Kevin McCallister singing into a makeshift hairbrush microphone in his bathroom after he's discovered he has the house to himself.  

This year, I know some fun new traditions and memories will be made as my sister and brother-in-law welcomed a baby boy into the family in August.  My first nephew!  He's too young to remember much about this year, but I hope 30 years from now he's also developed some delightful, song-prompted, memories from our holiday gatherings. If my sister and I have anything to do with it, I know Mariah will be at the top of his list :)

Don't forget about our exceptional holiday offers this year:

Kind regards,
Jessica Stock
National Sales Manager

Join us September 20-21, 2014! September 04 2014

Do you like Wine & Food?

Because we do. 

Join Richard Partridge Wines at the Grand Tasting Pavilion of the First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival as we pour some of our top wines.  The Grand Tasting Pavilion will host 12 of the most exclusive wineries on Sept. 20 & 21 from 12:00 - 3:00 each day.  We're extremely honored to be a part of this high-end, exclusive group that includes wineries like Hundred Acre, Bello and Bure.

Food and wine lovers… prepare yourselves to experience a world-class epicurean journey at the Festival through live cooking demos with celebrity and local chefs, cuisine from some of OC’s finest culinary masters, over 40 wineries, elite sommelier panels, mixology courses, spirits and beer tastings and live jazz.

100% of net proceeds will benefit charity partners Project Hope Alliance and Hoag Hospital Foundation’s Circle 1000.

Purchase tickets here:

We hope to see you there!

Jessica Stock
National Sales Manager

2013 Richard Partridge Chardonnay is Now Available! July 07 2014


We produce under 100 cases of our Richard Partridge Chardonnay each year.  This crisp, sexy Chardonnay does not undergo malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the bright citrus characteristics typical of Chardonnay grapes from the cooler Carneros region of Napa Valley.  This wine completed its aging process in 100% French oak for 8 months.

Tasting Notes

Citrus, pear, and plantain aromas.  Hints of toasted oak and vanilla bean.  In the mouth, apricot and peach flavors integrate with tangerine type citrus.  This wine is complex and rich, with a vibrant acidity and a long, silky finish.


To order this limited production 2013 Richard Partridge Chardonnay, please visit our website or contact Jessica at 562.802.7345, or  We look forward to hearing from you, and welcome any questions or comments.


Richard and Cris Partridge

2013 Chard Release Date Announcement June 23 2014

2013 Chard Release Date Announcement

I’ve had several celebratory glasses of wine since completing my MBA last month, some good and some not so good.  Several bottles have come from our own cellar – a little quality control of past vintages,  you could say – and what I’ve found is that I really have a preference for our own wines.  Call me biased, but they’re darn good, and continue to impress me.  I’m digressing…
The real point of this email was to tell you that one of the glasses (a rather heavy pour, I may add) I had the chance to imbibe last week was our forthcoming 2013 Chardonnay (you may have seen that on Facebook if you’re following us there). 

With only a week in bottle at my time of tasting I immediately discussed a release date with Richard, as this vintage is about as delicious as any chardonnay I’ve ever tasted.  So with that, we’ve decided on a release date for our 2013 Chardonnay!  Drumroll please…

July 7, 2014!

My description of this vintage:  “Like summer in a glass!”  Bright, crisp, citrus flavors with a balanced and smooth finish.  Cris adds, “Major pear and some vanilla, peaches too."

We’ll keep you informed as the release date nears, but for now mark your calendars.  We only made 80 cases of this wine, the same as last year, and that vintage sold out in 4 months!

With the weekend nearly here, I hope you have some delicious juice to sip on.  Enjoy!

Jessica Stock
National Sales Manager

Weather Delays Sure Stink! June 04 2014

Beat the heat...summer is coming!

I have an absolute addiction to online shopping. 

The internet has made it so easy to avoid the in-store hassles of parking, crowds, check-out lines, and hauling heavy items home.  There’s something magical about placing an order from the comfort of your home, continuing to enjoy life, then receiving the order a few days later without any extra effort!
But there IS a downside to internet shopping for us wineries… 
We’re approaching a time of year that I like to refer to as the holding season.  Why?  Because due to the heat from late June – late September I can’t usually ship any wine to locations that require more than two days of transit.  It’s a drag for me because I know I hate waiting more than a week for any shipment (Amazon has spoiled me), so I don’t like having to hold your shipments due to weather either. 
At the risk of going thirsty all summer, I implore you to beat the heat and get those last minute summer orders in before we get too hot to ship. 
I had a bottle of our 2010 Cab at a BBQ this past weekend with some carne asada and was majorly impressed.  It wasn’t a purposeful pairing, but it worked!  I tend to pair our Cab with bigger cuts of meat, but the preparation of the meat with ground peppercorn, chili powder and cumin was spot on. 
Don’t forget, we offer free UPS Ground shipping on all orders! 
Happy shopping,

Jessica Stock
National Sales Manager

Drought in California, but Vineyards are Fighting May 28 2014

If you live in California or have paid attention to The Weather Channel, you will have noticed the awful drought conditions currently plaguing our state.

The rainy season in Napa last year brought us only 14 inches of rain (77% of normal), and the prospects for additional rainfall this year aren’t looking much better.  In fact, we set dryness records that date all the way back to 1908.

Some water dependent crops are going unplanted in order to divert available water to long-term investment crops, such as oranges, almonds, and, our favorite, vineyards!

What does this mean for the state of Napa Valley wines?  

Well, The Wine Institute says that wine and grape quality will not be affected by these drought conditions, and although we may see some yields impacted over the next 2-3 years depending on weather this year, we had record high harvests in Napa in 2012 and 2013.

Vineyards are like the heavyweight champions of crops…they take a few hits and might struggle a little, but they often emerge stronger for having made the journey.  Lucky for us, huh?

Our 2012 and 2013 harvests are in barrel right now, but the harvest reports came back overwhelmingly positive, not just for us, but also around the Valley.  I think we’re in for some special juice!

This doesn’t mean we don’t wish for rain; the whole state needs some, terribly!  But as we look out the front door at least we know we’re working with the Muhammad Ali of crops.

Wishing you all a great Wednesday with delicious wines!

Jessica Stock
National Sales Manager

A Great Weekend in Napa Valley! May 20 2014

(Photo from website; we do not take credit)

I enjoyed a lovely dinner with the Partridge's at a new restaurant in St. Helena called Archetype this past weekend. 

As we entered the former building of French Blue at 1429 Main St., we were blown away by the rustic, simplistic beauty of Archetype. 
With a wide open floor plan, high ceilings, fresh flowers, and busy chefs preparing culinary delights in an open kitchen it felt like we had stepped into a white party in the Hamptons.
As is typical for Napa Valley, Executive Chef Ryder Zetts uses local and seasonal ingredients in his preparations, and dishes are flavorful and beautiful in presentation – plates are informed by the comingling of ingredients, and the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. 
Some of the meals enjoyed at our table include Alaskan halibut with bacon crust, manila clams, grilled ramps, and marble potatoes; carola potato gnocchi with green garlic butter, young carrots, pea tendrils, and mushroom condiment; and chilled Dungeness crab with pearl tapioca, hearts of palm, red curry, and fried coconut. 
Sounds amazing, right?

Working for a winery, it’s often funny to enter new restaurants and become familiar with their protocol on corkage fees.  We were happily surprised with Archetype, where the fee was minimal (and free for the first bottle)– we have to be able to drink the good stuff, ya know. 
But let’s be honest, while the restaurant was fantastic, the company was even better.  Sometimes you just have to stop and say thank you to the great people who make living out your wine inspired dreams possible.
Jessica Stock
National Sales Manager