For today’s winery spotlight we’re California dreamin’ about Girard Winery. Here are three things to know (and love) about this innovative Napa Valley gem.

1. Girard’s Napa roots run deep.
Girard was founded in 1975 as the result of a father-son vision quest to bottle the essence of Napa’s rich history, natural beauty, and pioneering spirit. Today, the Girard legacy is carried on by vintner Pat Roney and the winemaking team of Marco DiGiulio and Glenn Hugo, a trio who’ve forged decades-long relationships with growers throughout the valley. Girard takes pride in cultivating friendships with the families whose ancestors were among the first to plant in Napa, and they only choose grapes from the most authentic sites—from valley floor to mountaintop.

  1. 2. They truly sweat the details.

For the makers of Girard, craftsmanship isn’t just a lofty ideal, it’s how they do things. From being downright picky about the barrels that they choose to hold the wine, to their innovative use of mobile technology and highly-efficient fermenting practices, they sweat every nitty gritty detail in their pursuit to elevate wine to a drinkable art form. Every inch of their state of the art facility was designed to save energy and allow the team to practice traditional winemaking techniques, out of love for the craft and deep respect for Napa Valley's terroir.

3. You should really try a glass (or bottle) of their Girard Artistry.
No, really. It’s a stunner that embodies everything the winery works hard to accomplish: craft, heritage, and the sheer beauty of Napa’s wide palette of grapes. Blending Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot grapes that have been picked at low yield at harvest’s end–it’s pretty much perfection in a glass.