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Address

499 Moore Ln.
Healdburg
CA, 95448
United States
Phone
(707) 433-8400
Fax
(707) 433-8500
Primary
Mark Garaventa

About Us

Who is Rack & Riddle?

Wine industry executives Bruce Lundquist and Rebecca Faust joined forces with a dedicated team of production professionals to found Rack & Riddle--the ultimate Sonoma County custom crush and wine service company in two ideal locations in Healdsburg and Alexander Valley.

What we believe

At Rack & Riddle, you're more than a client, you're our partner.

From small boutique wineries to large multi-national wine producers and everyone in between, we provide unparalleled custom crush and winemaking services to all of our partners.

We work with you to ensure you receive exactly what you want and need from grape to glass or to simply assist you with your existing winemaking and production needs.

With a blend of traditional methods along with the best of new technology, Rack & Riddle is dedicated to sustainable farming practices, allowing nature to bring out the unique attributes of every winegrape that passes through our facility. Rack & Riddle is California certified organic for those wishing to produce organic wines.

Rack & Riddle Offers Customizable Programs:
Sparkling Private Label Wine
  • Personal consultation with our winemakers to create your branded sparkling wine blend        
  • Wines produced by winemakers who consistently win GOLD MEDALS and BEST OF CLASS in the most prestigious tastings 
  • Responsive service and streamlined order process: you provide us your labels and we ship within two weeks 
  • A selection of méthode Champenoise private label sparkling wine varietals available
Contact Business Development Associate Monica Smith for sparkling wine pricing & availability, or to request samples: 707-433-8400

Base to Bottle or Grape to Bottle Sparkling Programs: 
  • Create a méthode Champenoise sparkling from your base wine or grapes, with the guidance of our expert winemakers 
  • Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish 
  • Both Wet Glue and Pressure Sensitive labeling capabilities 
  • Your supplies or ours 
  • Custom dosage available 
  • Small or large lots
Grape to Bottle Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts: 
  • Ship your wine or grapes to us, and we'll work within your protocol to create an outstanding finished product! 
  • Customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need 
  • Stop by to see Rack & Riddle's state-of-the-art still winemaking equipment, featuring a new 150 BPM Bertolaso bottling line
Contact General Manager Mark Garaventa or Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust to schedule a facility tour: 707-433-8400

Rack & Riddle's 2 premier facilities in the heart of wine country offer: 
  • Easy access locations in Healdsburg & Alexander Valley in Sonoma County 
  • Full bottling services including new 150 BPM lines 
  • CCOF certified organic winemaking & production option 
  • Fully equipped laboratories including the following services: 
Foss wine scan with So2 
PH/TA auto titrator 
UV-VIS spectrophotometer 
Alcolyzer 
DMA 
Heat/cold stability analysis 
Pre/post bottle micro plating

We are about more than just slapping a label on a bottle or mass producing wines. We are about ensuring the true nature of the wines shines through so distinctively that you'll be proud to share, sell, and taste for yourself the wines crafted with our care, passion and expertise. 

In short, we'll help you create wine that's ready to stand neck and neck with the area's best.

Questions?
Call (707) 433-8400, or email us.

Make Sparkling Wine or Still Wine at Rack & Riddle!


Crushing & Fermenting

  • Dedicated pumpover pump per tank
  • Closed tank Diemme lateral membrane presses
  • Temperature-controlled tanks
  • Hand-sorting table
  • Whole cluster pressing
  • Macro bin rental

Barrel Services

  • Barrel Fermentation
  • Barrel storage
  • Monthly barrel analysis
  • Barrel rental
  • Lees stirring
  • General barrel services (topping, racking, additions)
  • Steam or ozone barrel sanitation

Bottling and Disgorging

  • Bottling and disgorging
  • 150 bottle-per-minute Bertolaso still bottling line
  • Complete sparkling production lines
  • Wet glue labeling lines for your sparkling wines

Cellar services

  • Temperature-Controlled stainless storage
  • Filtration services: crossflow, lees filteration, DE, plate and frame, cartridge
  • Heat & cold stabilization
  • Micro Ox

Lab Services

  • State-of-the-art, full-servie lab
  • Foss Wine Scan with S02
  • pH/TA auto titrator
  • UV-VIS spectrophotometer
  • Alcolyzer
  • DMA
  • Heat/cold stability analysis
  • Pre/post bottle micro plating

Compliance

  • General BATF/ABC
  • Alternating Proprietorship
  • Label Registration
  • CCOF organic certification

If you don't see a service you want, contact us, chances are we'll be able to accommodate your needs.

Interested?
Call (707) 433-8400, or email us.

 

Sparkling Wine Private Label Program at Rack & Riddle
Sparkling Wine Private Label Program at Rack & Riddle
Contact Rack & Riddle today at 707.433-8400 to learn more about the Sparkling Wine Private Label Program at Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services!
Infographic: How Sparkling Wine Is Made
Infographic: How Sparkling Wine Is Made
Learn how Rack & Riddle's private label sparkling wines and custom crush wines are made in the traditional method!
Penny Gadd-Coster
Penny Gadd-Coster
Penny Gadd-Coster, Executive Director of Winemaking at Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services
Rack & Riddle Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Rack & Riddle Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies in the North Bay area, today announced its new Healdsburg facility is fully operational. The 67,000-square-foot facility focuses on complete sparkling winemaking production, white wine fermentation and still wine bottling. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place August 27th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the new wine production facility.

News Archive


LAST CALL to receive your Sparkling Wine in time for the Holidays!
03 November, 2017

December dates are going, going, almost gone!

Boost your Holiday Sales with a Private Label Sparkling Wine program.

Total shipments of sparkling wine and champagne to the U.S. reached 25.6 million cases in 2016. Up 14% from the previous year, the category is showing very strong growth. Sparkling wines/champagne accounted for a 6% share of the U.S. wine market. 

Add a new SKU or refresh your current offerings by introducing a Sparkling Wine to your Tasting Room & Wine Club offerings. Our lineup of stellar wines won't last long and our disgorging schedule is booking up quickly. 

 

Don't miss out on those Holiday and New Year sales by waiting too long! Request your samples today via email monica@rackandriddle.com or call 707-433-8400. 

 

As the leading producer of méthode Champenoise Sparkling Private Label Wine in California, Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services can help you start or grow your program! 


North Bay Fires Status Update
11 October, 2017

We hope you, your families, and your employees are safe following the devastating firestorm that ripped through the North Bay over the last 36 hours.

 

All of us have been affected in some manner by these fires that swept through areas of Napa County, Sonoma County, Mendocino County and Santa Rosa.  We have employees, friends, and family who have lost their homes and with that, nearly everything they owned.  It is a heartbreaking and tragic circumstance.

 

While humbled and extremely saddened by this event, we refuse to be broken - not in spirit, nor in our compassioned approach to the days ahead.  Together we will find the answers to the many challenges that will be forthcoming.

 

With this in mind, if you have any service needs regarding your businesses that we can help with - please let us know.  We have been taking calls for fruit pressing, and expect other such requests will follow.  To the best of our abilities and space permitting - we will do all we can to assist you.  Please let us know how we can help.  Call our main number - 707-433-8400 for assistance and requests.  You can ask for either Rebecca or Bruce.

 

If there are other needs or assistance that you feel we can help with, please contact us - even if it just a place to have a quiet room and some time alone.  Again, we are here to help you if needed.

 

With sincerest regards and kindest thoughts,


Rebecca Faust & Bruce Lundquist

Managing Members
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services


05 January, 2017

The numbers speak for themselves! California sparkling wines are growing at a rate of 11 percent 

by volume year to date. While the overall wine market is growing at 2 percent annually, sparkling 

wine sales have increased more than 12 percent despite being only 6 percent of the entire market.

Do you want to learn how you can add Sparkling Wine to your portfolio?

Stop by and taste samples of Rack & Riddle's award-winning sparkling wine at

Booth #1839 at the 2016 Unified Wine Symposium in Sacramento.


Click here to add Rack & Riddle to your show planner scheduling tool and send a quick email to make an appointment! 
 

 

 CLICK HERE To add Rack & Riddle to your schedule at Unified!

 

 

Or call us now and book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our knowledgeable staff during the symposium!

707-433-8400

Discover how Rack & Riddle's collaborative, customer-centered approach can help you achieve your winemaking goals in 2016.

Rack & Riddle Offers Customizable Programs:

Sparkling Private Label Program

Base to Bottle or Grape to Bottle Sparkling Programs

Grape to Bottle Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts


CONTACT US TODAY FOR YOUR SPARKLING WINE SAMPLES:

 Monica Smith

Business Development Associate

707-433-8400 

monica@rackandriddle.com

 

VISIT THE RACK & RIDDLE BOOTH #1839 

Sparkling wine samples will be poured at the booth

  

CHEERS,

THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM

707.433.8400 

www.rackandriddle.com 

info@rackandriddle.com 


Wine by Design Releases Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship Sparkling Wine
11 November, 2016

To celebrate the Chicago Cubs’ historic first World Series championship since 1908, Wine by Design, the exclusive wine licensee of Major League Baseball, is delivering a limited-edition World Series Championship Brut with Rack & Riddle.  Rack & Riddle, one of the largest custom wine operations nationwide specializing in sparkling wine, has created the Cubs World Series sparkling wine. Wine is available online and at select retail outlets. For more information, visit mlb.com/wine.

“Wine by Design has been celebrating World Series champions since 2012 and we’ve had the pleasure of working with Rack and Riddle since 2013,” said Diane Karle, CEO, WBD. “We are fortunate to have a great partner in MLB and have found an amazing wine-making team, specializing in sparkling wine from one of the most prestigious winemaking regions in California.”

The San Francisco Giants (2012 & 2014), Boston Red Sox (2013) and Kansas City Royals (2015) all played their way into history with their recent World Series titles, but this year’s Cubs team made its own special mark, winning the title for the first time in over 100 years. That makes this championship wine truly historic as well.

“This wine is truly worthy of champions like the Cubs, with fine bubbles forming a perfect mousse, aromas of brioche and spiced apple, and nuances of lime zest that linger—begging for another sip or two,” said Rack & Riddle Executive Director of Winemaking, Penny Gadd-Coster. “The beauty of a well-balanced Brut like this is it pairs well with a variety of foods – like World Series-worthy snacks of Nachos and Spicy Wings! It’s perfect for drinking now, and ages well so you can celebrate with bubbly for months to come.” 

The Cubs Championship Brut was crafted in the labor-intensive méthode Champenoise tradition, and showcases premium grapes from California.

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:
With its expansion in 2014 to two new locations in Sonoma County, Rack & Riddle is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, and private label wine programs, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel storage and fermentation vessels. An exceptional winemaking team produces 1.2 million cases of wine annually. For more information, visit www.rackandriddle.com.

ABOUT WINE BY DESIGN:

Wine by Design (WBD) is a marketing and management agency, and the leader in delivering wine-based strategic services and premium wine solutions. WBD provides tailored brand experiences, limited wine releases, events and consulting. Founded by Diane Karle, WBD has offices in New York and Napa Valley. WBD has cultivated a network of wine experts, suppliers and grape growers, which results in targeted business solutions.  Visit winebydesignco.com to learn more. 


Bottling Contract Reservations Happening Now at Rack & Riddle
26 September, 2016

Rack & Riddle is California’s premier facility for custom crush and private label wine services specializing in full service or a la carte winemaking for still wines or méthode Champenoise sparkling. Rack & Riddle will work within your protocol to create an outstanding finished product.

Contact Rack & Riddle, reservations are happening now for customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need.

Produced by winemakers who consistently win Gold and Best of Class in the most prestigious tastings!

Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts: 

Ship your wine to Rack & Riddle, and we'll work within your protocol to create an outstanding finished wine 

  • Customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need 
  • Stop by to see Rack & Riddle's state-of-the-art still winemaking equipment, featuring a new 150 BPM Bertolaso bottling line

Contact General Manager Mark Garaventa or Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust to schedule a facility tour: 707-433-8400

Rack & Riddle's Two Premier Facilities Offer:

  • Easy access locations in Healdsburg and Alexander Valley in Sonoma County 
  • Full bottling services for still and sparkling production
  • CCOF certified organic winemaking & production option 
  • Fully equipped laboratories including the following services:

Foss wine scan with So2 

PH/TA auto titrator 

UV-VIS spectrophotometer 

Alcolyzer 

DMA 

Heat/cold stability analysis 

Pre/post bottle micro plating

We are about more than just slapping a label on a bottle or mass producing wines. We are about ensuring the true nature of the wines shines through so distinctively that you'll be proud to share, sell, and taste for yourself the wines crafted with our care, passion and expertise. 

Interested in sparkling wine? Rack & Riddle offers complete sparkling wine production services, from base to bottle or grape to bottle, to private label sparkling programs. Request a custom crush quote or private label sparkling wine samples today.  


Special Offer from Rack & Riddle!
12 September, 2016


Sparkling
for the
Holidays


Special Offer
 
Méthode Champenoise 101
 
Educational tour & tasting for your team at Rack & Riddle.
Learn how sparkling wine is made! 

An exclusive offering for Rack & Riddle sparkling clients
 
An essential course in sparkling wine production for your entire team.


Please allow 2 hours for your tour & tasting.

CONTACT US TO REGISTER

707-433-8400

We hope to see you soon!
  
 

  

  • Learn how traditional methods are combined with cutting-edge systems and technologies.
  • Discover the descriptors unique to your private label wine, plus how to taste-and talk about-méthode Champenoise sparkling wine.
 

 

  • Learn ways to get involved in your winemaking and production story--from the custom crush facility to sharing the story in your marketing and with your customers.
 
 
   
   


Tell Your
Brand
Story
Better
with 
Bubbly

 
Perfect for your tasting room, wine club, and events!  

Call Rack & Riddle for details about the sparkling private label wine program: 707-433-8400

 


WATCH: Custom Crush Demystified
15 August, 2016

Learn about custom crush processes for still wine and méthode Champenoise sparkling wine custom crush in this webinar recording from Rack & Riddle. Get expert advice and insider tips from Executive Winemaker, Penny Gadd-Coster to launch your next winemaking project at a custom crush facility without a hitch!

 

Here are a few of the topics covered in this 30-minute webinar:

• The differences between grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, and private label wine (shiner) programs

• Capabilities for small or mid-to-large range producers

• Grape picking tips for sparkling wine grapes

• Marketing: Ways to take your winemaking/production story from the custom crush facility back to your tasting room

• How compliance works: From the DBA filing and required paperwork, to being able to state your DBA name on your wine label’s name and address section (this allows clients to state “Produced and bottled by XYZ winery, Healdsburg, CA” on wine produced at Rack & Riddle)

We decided to call this webinar Custom Crush Demystified because there are several ways custom crush facilities can serve their clients. For example, some offer crush and storage, and some have bottling lines that take you all the way from grape to bottle.

At Rack & Riddle, we’re a little bit different in that we offer full-service, customizable capabilities for grape to bottle, base to bottle or private label wine programs, or services a la carte. We’re one of the most comprehensive custom crush providers because we not only offer programs for still wine, we also specialize in méthode Champenoise sparkling wine custom crush.

With the sparkling wine segment growth far outpacing still wine, now is the ideal time to explore bringing your grapes or base wine to Rack & Riddle to make it into bubbly. Contact us today to discuss your project, or request a custom crush quote online. 707-433-8400

Happy Harvest!


Grape Picking Tips for Sparkling Wine
01 August, 2016

Did you know that Rack & Riddle can produce premium red or white still wines or méthode Champenoise sparkling wine from your base wine?

With the guidance of our expert winemakers, you can produce your own sparkling wine from base-to-bottle. Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full-service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish.

Contact Rack & Riddle to reserve space for your sparkling base-to-bottle project: (707) 433-8400 or Request a Quote Online

If you're interested in either our grape-to-bottle or base-to-bottle services for still or sparkling wine, please contact us right away to book your project as space is limited! Base wine is typically brought in to our facility around December or January, but reservations for space are happening now.

Follow these tips from our Executive Director of Winemaking Penny Gadd-Coster to prep your base wine just right for a sparkling project:
Penny Gadd-Coster testing sugar levels in grapes
Tips for Picking:

•Taste grapes in the vineyard for flavor profile
•Pick at 17-20 Brix
•pH 2.9 to 3.2
•TA 0.9 to 1.2

Tips for Base Wine:

•11% is the preferred alcohol percentage for the wine coming in
•Aim is for finished product to range from12.5% -13%
•3.1 pH is ideal, but is adjustable if wine comes in at a lower or higher pH

Wishing You a Happy Harvest!


Limited Red Wine & Sparkling Wine Space Available
18 July, 2016

Limited space is available for custom crush projects at Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services in Healdsburg. Sparkling wine space is about to bubble over, so act fast! We are especially welcoming of red wine projects. Except Pinot Noir—that tank space is already reserved. We blame the movie “Sideways.”

We’re excited to welcome new and returning customers in what is our 10th harvest this year. But make no mistake—our 80 employees bring decades of experience to the table. Rack & Riddle’s winemakers are led by Executive Director Penny Gadd-Coster, whose in-demand winemaking knowledge comes from 30 years’ experience backed by dozens of Best of Class, Gold Medals and 90-plus point ratings.

Rack & Riddle offers complete services for both still wines or méthode Champenoise sparkling wines: Choose from grape-to-bottle or base-to-bottle programs, bottling contracts or services a la carte.

Custom Crush Quote Request

An open door policy lets you freely take advantage of best-in-the-industry equipment, as well as Rack & Riddle’s unparalleled customer service and winemaking expertise.

With all new equipment, including 150 bottle-per-minute Bertolaso still line, new riddling machines, Valentin corker, Perrier bottle turner, Cames bottle washer and Perrier disgorger/doser, Rack & Riddle is the No. 1 custom crush house in wine country. Don’t delay, reserve your spot today as space is very limited!

Check out what winery clients are saying about Rack & Riddle—read the client testimonials.


Base to Bottle Custom Crush for Méthode Champenoise Sparkling
17 June, 2016

As you prepare for harvest, consider Rack & Riddle’s base to bottle program for méthode Champenoise sparkling wines. Bring your bulk wine to us in the first quarter of 2017, after it’s finished and ready for bottling or if it needs more processes before bottling. We can assist at any point in your base wine preparations!

Request a Quote

Penny Gadd-CosterIf you aren´t familiar with sparkling winemaking, that’s perfectly OK. With the guidance of our expert winemakers, you can make sparkling wine from base to bottle. Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Our open door policy lets you be actively involved throughout the program.

Rack & Riddle’s Executive Director of Winemaking Penny Gadd-Coster talks about customization of our base to bottle program, to meet clients’ exacting needs.

“The base process for some clients is they really do prep the wine aside from the addition of sugar that we would do in a final filtration… Or that bulk wine could be cold stabilized here if needed, maybe there’s an acid addition—so, things to really prep the wine and get it ready for bottling.”

While the client completes the first pressing/fermentation before bringing in their base wine, Penny points out there are stages of those processes as well when you may choose to bring your wine to Rack & Riddle. “It could come in fresh out of fermentation and there’s a filtration that we need to do, or a racking, heat stabilizing, cold stabilizing—all of that that we could potentially do here.”

 
 
Contact us to discuss your project! 
 
707-433-8400
 
Cynthia Faust,
Business Development 
Manager

 

Monica Smith,
Business Development Associate

 

Visit www.rackandriddle.com to explore the range of programs we offer, including grape to bottle, bottling contracts, and sparkling private label wines.

 


Custom Crush Space for Still or Méthode Champenoise Wine
06 June, 2016

Limited space is available for custom crush clients at Rack & Riddle, which is celebrating its 10th harvest this year! Rack & Riddle’s services include first-class still winemaking or méthode Champenoise sparkling winemaking: grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, bottling contracts, or services a la carte. Rack & Riddle’s open door policy lets you freely take advantage of first-rate equipment, winemaking expertise and unparalleled customer service. Rack & Riddle has all new equipment, including 150 bottle-per-minute Bertolaso still line, new riddling machines, Valentin corker, Perrier bottle turner, Cames bottle washer and Perrier disgorger/doser. Don’t delay, reserve your spot today as space is limited!

Check out what winery clients are saying about Rack & Riddle—read the client testimonials!

 
HAPPY (ALMOST) HARVEST FROM THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM!

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In the Vineyard: A New Column by Rack & Riddle's Director of Winemaking
06 May, 2016

By Penny Gadd-Coster
Executive Director of Winemaking
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

With the arrival of spring, we winemakers find ourselves in the midst of full-blown prep and maintenance out in the vineyards, barreling toward harvest 2016! Signifying new beginnings, spring is the perfect time to launch the first of my “In the Vineyard” series. In this series of columns, I’ll be sharing my observations and what’s currently happening in the vineyard for my winery Coral Mustang at my home in Cloverdale, where I grow nine different red varietals. As I prep for harvest 2016, I look forward to checking back in with you throughout the year to share photos and interesting occurrences among the vines.

Let me back up to set the stage. Last year Mother Nature wreaked havoc on my vineyards. While yields were low across Sonoma County, I was even less fortunate—my vines suffered from Millerandage, also known as “hens and chicks,” a fruit-set defect where underdeveloped and fully developed berries appear in the same cluster. With only a dozen berries per cluster on my vines—harvest was impossible at Coral Mustang. In my 30 years I’d never seen anything like it. Looking back at bloom I realized there had been two blooms—in my mind it was one very long bloom! This was due to weather conditions and the vines being determined to produce fruit no matter how cool the weather or how little water they had. Survival was the name of the game. After bloom things didn’t look too bad… Then the hens and chicks clusters became more evident with time, and with more chicks than hens.

From the lessons of last harvest, I am leery of saying what 2016 will bring as bloom has not happened yet. This year, I’m hopeful for a 2016 crop, but also in “wait and see” mode. At this point, all nine different varietals in my vineyard have undergone bud break, after a warmer than usual winter. This is about average timing for the vineyard, which sits at an elevation of 800 feet above sea level.

About two months ago I began late-pruning my vines, mainly because I couldn’t get into the vineyard before that due to El Niño—there was muck up to my waist! Full-on leafing was happening on the tips of the vines; I was concerned about extensive bleeding and the risks that can present, like odd molds or microbial issues; special paint can be used, but I’m not a fan. I decided to try a biodynamic farming trick on the recommendation of some of my vineyard workers. We pruned on the full moon—this was during the King tides, when the tides are especially high. It worked! As the vines were being pruned there was little to no bleeding. Even with the full leafing on my Tempranillo vines, there was no bleeding. I thought for sure there was going to be a mess, but with no bleeding, I haven’t seen any mold or microbial growth. I will be remembering this technique for the future.

Last week I started the suckering process as the vines are growing pretty fast at this point and without being diligent they can get out of hand quickly with growth between spurs, extra growth on spurs and growth on the trunks—craziness ensues. For me this will become a biweekly event for the next couple of months. But caution is the key at this point as frost can still occur.

Cabernet block after first suckering

Cabernet block after first suckering

Temperanillo block before first suckering

Temperanillo block before first suckering

Temperanillo block after first suckering

Temperanillo block after first suckering

I wish I had taken photos last year to see what the difference might be at this point due to the increased water from El Niño. But from the snapshot in my head, I do not recall the same vigor that I am seeing today.

All I can say at this point is so far, so good—but then I say that every year! Until the next chapter in the series, cheers and happy grape growing!

P.S. If you’re looking for a home for your grapes this year, check out Rack & Riddle’s full-service custom crush programs for both sparkling and still wines. Click to request a custom crush quote. From grape to bottle, to riddling and disgorging to just finishing and bottling your wine, Rack & Riddle offers every winemaking service you may need. For those seeking sparkling or still wine shiners, take a look at Rack & Riddle’s private label wine program of award-winning wines. Turn-around-time from order to finished case goods is an average of just three months. Email Rack & Riddle or call anytime to discuss your needs: 707-433-8400

Penny, named “Winemaker of the Year” in the North Bay Business Journal’s inaugural Wine Industry Awards, is a renowned winemaker with 30 years of experience in sparkling and still wines. Penny and Rack & Riddle’s team of 80 industry experts are the trusted providers of grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle and private label shiner offerings to a wide variety of clientele—producers both large and small. If you would like more information, please contact us at 707-433-8400 or visit www.rackandriddle.com. “Working for R&R has given me the opportunity to be an integral part of a growing company that is being built from the ground up, just like my career.”


HOW TO CRUSH IT THIS HARVEST
06 May, 2016

Space available now at Rack & Riddle for harvest 2016 projects! Still wine, sparkling wine, grape to bottle, bottling contracts and more – reserve early to secure space for your project!

 
HAPPY (ALMOST) HARVEST FROM THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM!

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8 Reasons Your Winery Needs a Sparkling Wine
25 March, 2016

Learn the top 8 reasons your business needs a sparkling wine.

1)      Sparkling Wine Sales Outpace Still Wine. The sparkling wine sector continues to outperform table wines. Check out our sparkling wine stats.

2)      Custom Crush Makes it Easy. While making sparkling wine is expensive, a custom crush house like Rack & Riddle eliminates the costly equipment and overhead so any business can add bubbly to its portfolio.

3)      Expand Your Brand. Tap into new branding concepts. Whether you’re a retailer offering bubbly to customers as a special promotion, or you’re unveiling a wine club, or sending clients your own branded bubbly as a thank you, the possibilities for branding – and boosting your image – are endless.

4)      An Essential Event Marketing Tool. Imagine pouring bubbly featuring your custom-designed, branded label at trade shows, community events and non-profit fundraisers. As you pour the bubbles, you’ll have a captive audience and the perfect chance to chat up prospects. Gain exposure while also differentiating your business from others at events. Bonus: donations of bubbly to non-profit events are tax deductible.

5)      Market to Millennials. Those ages 25 to 34 account for over 20 percent of sparkling wine drinkers, according to Impact, a sister publication of Wine Spectator.

6)      Capture the Attention of Women. Women make up 64 percent of bubbly drinkers, according to the International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) consultancy. Women also make up over half of the core wine drinkers in the United States who drink wine on at least a weekly basis.

7)      Sell Overseas. Worldwide, sparkling wine consumption is expected to rise 8.52 percent between 2012 and 2016 due to demand in the top four sparkling wine markets: the United States, Germany, France, and Russia, according to IWSR.

8)      California: Bubbly Capital of the United States. If your market is local, you’ll be glad to know the top state for sparkling wine consumption is California. The top 10 states, according to an October 2014 study by The Beverage Information Group, are: California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio.

Ready to explore what sparkling wine can do for your business? Give Rack & Riddle a call at 707-433-8400. Request a quote for  private label wine or request sparkling samples. Have your own base wine for a bubbly project? Request a quote for custom crush services.


Special Invitation and Promo for the Eastern Winery Expo
14 March, 2016

Rack & Riddle will be at the Eastern Winery Expo March 9-10th, and available during the event for consultations about our services. Visit booth #172 to taste award-winning private label sparkling wine samples, and meet Rack & Riddle GM Mark Garaventa.

Rack & Riddle offers award-winning, méthode Champenoise private label wines  to help you grow your brand. 

Request A Quote  
Or contact Business Development Associate Monica Smith to request samples, a quote, or to discuss your project! 707-433-8400
 
 
Meet Rack & Riddle's GM, Mark Garaventa
 
Rack & Riddle is pleased to offer a FREE Exhibit Pass to the Expo (a $15 value) 
PROMO CODE: EWE16VIP 
This VIP pass also entitles the user to receive a free lunch on Thursday, March 10th in the exhibit hall!
 
 
 
Rack & Riddle Offers Customizable Programs:

<<WATCH and discover our collaborative, customer-centered approach 



Visit Rack & Riddle Booth #172
 
Sparkling wine samples will be poured at the booth
 
 
RACK & RIDDLE PRIVATE LABEL WINES HAVE WON OVER 100 AWARDS
Rack & Riddle's sparkling private label wines (shiners) have won dozens of awards for a host of brands, including these top honors: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, and Sweepstakes awards.

All these awards (and more than 100 additional awards over the past few years) were garnered for our private label base varietals, made unique via differing times en tirage, and custom dosage trials. You can rest assured a Rack & Riddle sparkling wine will truly be your very own.

Request sparkling private label samples here.


 

Sparkling Shiners Available at Rack & Riddle
14 March, 2016

Rack & Riddle offers award-winning, méthode Champenoise private label wines to help you grow your brand. Call 707-433-8400 to ask us about this program and request samples below.

RACK & RIDDLE SPARKLING PRIVATE LABELS HAVE WON OVER100 AWARDS

Rack & Riddle's sparkling private label wines (shiners) have won dozens of awards for a host of brands, including these top honors: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, and Sweepstakes awards.

All these awards (and more than 100 additional awards over the past few years) were garnered for our private label base varietals, made unique via differing times en tirage, and custom dosage trials. You can rest assured a Rack & Riddle sparkling wine will truly be your very own.

Request sparkling private label samples here.



CHEERS,
THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM
 
707.433.8400   

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Schedule a Private Appointment to Meet Rack & Riddle at Unified!
19 January, 2016

 Taste sparkling wine samples and discover our complete custom crush services at booth #1839.



With sparkling wine growing ever more popular and sales far outpacing still wine, now is the ideal time to carve your niche in this lucrative market.

Stop by and taste samples of Rack & Riddle's award-winning sparkling wine at booth #1839 at the 2016 Unified Wine Symposium in Sacramento (Wednesday January 27th through Thursday the 28th).

Click here to add Rack & Riddle to your show planner scheduling tool and send a quick email to make an appointment!

Or call us now and book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our knowledgeable staff during the symposium!

707-433-8400
Discover how Rack & Riddle's collaborative, customer-centered approach can help you achieve your winemaking goals in 2016.

Rack & Riddle Offers Customizable Programs:


Sparkling Private Label Program
CONTACT US TODAY FOR YOUR SPARKLING WINE SAMPLES:
 
Monica Smith
Business Development Associate
707-433-8400 
  
 
  

VISIT THE RACK & RIDDLE BOOTH #1839   
Sparkling wine samples will be poured at the booth
RACK & RIDDLE SPARKLING PRIVATE LABELS HAVE WON OVER100 AWARDS
Rack & Riddle's Sparkling Private Label (Shiner) Wines have won dozens of awards for a host of brands, including these top honors: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold and Sweepstakes awards.

All these awards (and more than 100 additional awards in recent years) were garnered for our varietals of private label bubbly, made unique via differing times en tirage, and custom dosage trials. You can rest assured a Rack & Riddle sparkling wine will be your very own!

 

CHEERS,
THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM
 
707.433.8400  


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Meeting the Need for Sparkling and Still Winemaking Services in the Custom Crush Arena
18 December, 2015

Wine industry veterans Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist often heard winemakers lament: Making sparkling wine is too cost prohibitive; the learning curve too steep. Yet sparkling wine sales have been outpacing still wine for nearly a decade—everybody wanted in. A lightbulb turned on. This was the perfect, untapped niche: Rack & Riddle would be an operation where wineries, winemakers and brands could access still and sparkling custom crush services—from base wine or grapes, or any winemaking process in between—as well as private label wines.

Rack & Riddle has grown from eight employees at its founding in 2007 to over 80 today, expanded in 2014 to two facilities based in Sonoma County, and is one of the largest operations in the nation specializing in the traditional French sparkling winemaking style of méthode Champenoise.

Rack & Riddle Employees Before and After

“Rack & Riddle is a playground for winemakers—they have access to sparkling equipment that wouldn’t normally be in a still winery. So they don’t have to purchase it, or worry about the overhead inherent in a production facility,” said Rack & Riddle’s’ Executive Director of Winemaking Penny Gadd-Coster. “We love to collaborate one-on-one with our clients. They can have as much input and presence they like because we have an open door policy.” 


Custom winemaking

Projects at Rack & Riddle are varied and truly custom. Clients elect to bring in grapes or base wine, or choose from winemaking processes a la carte, such as bottling finished wines, or aging wines in barrel. The private label wine program is ideal for those seeking a branded label with a quick turn-around time. Orders average just three months from placing an order, to receiving government label approval to being labeled and packed in cases ready to ship. Private label customers range from wineries and restaurants to retail stores, gift basket companies and more.

“A lot of our customers start their wine program with a private label wine. In the meantime, they can prepare to bring in their own grapes or base wine down the road. This is a really useful strategy to get their wine program established in the marketplace,” said Gadd-Coster.

KC Royals Wine on the Bottling Line at Rack & Riddle

One such client is Wine by Design, an official licensee of Major League Baseball, who chose Rack & Riddle as the “ideal partner to produce limited-release sparkling wine” first in 2013 for the Boston Red Sox sparkling, and now for the Kansas City Royals sparkling wine. “How do you find those people who are best at what they do?” said Wine by Design Founder and CEO Diane Karle. They turned to a grape grower for advice. “Immediately, no question, they said, ‘Rack & Riddle…’ We started the conversation, explained what we wanted to do, and their group was excited to get onboard. We were very lucky.”

Award-winning private label wines from Rack & Riddle stock

Rack & Riddle Winery also has its own brand of four award-winning sparkling wines, which have been awarded 20 Gold medals and Best of Class awards in just the past few years. The wines can be purchased in select stores across California and numerous states nationwide, and in 27 states online at www.rackandriddle.com.

Breathless Wines, Rack & Riddle’s sister winery, will open a tasting room adjacent to Rack & Riddle’s sparkling wine facility at 499 Moore Lane in Healdsburg, Calif., in early 2016. Founded by sisters Rebecca Faust (Rack & Riddle’s co-founder), Sharon Cohn and Cynthia Faust, Breathless’ tasting room will feature three sparkling wine varietals in an innovative space—the first of its kind in Healdsburg constructed out of a shipping container. Guests enjoy a world class tasting experience complete with sabering lessons, in a space devoted to supporting more than a dozen non-profit partners.

Breathless Wines

With a multitude of programs running at once, Rack & Riddle emphasizes customer satisfaction is key.

“Working with Rack & Riddle has been an absolute pleasure,” said client Amy Kemp, co-proprietor of Loma Prieta Winery. “They are extremely knowledgeable and provide outstanding customer service, which affords us the opportunity to provide a superior product at a very reasonable price point.”

Outsourcing winemaking to Rack & Riddle means “the difference between being able to offer sparkling wine and simply not being able to offer sparkling wine,” Kemp recently told Wines & Vines. Utilizing Rack & Riddle’s custom crush facility also means Kemp won’t be delayed by a “sparkling wine production learning curve.”

As a custom crush facility that produces over 1.2 million cases annually and a team with over 100 years’ combined expertise, Rack & Riddle’s No. 1 goal is for clients large and small to know they are in the best of hands.

Give Rack & Riddle a call or visit the website to request your custom crush quote today! Or request sparkling private label (shiner) samples online!


Call Rack & Riddle at 707-433-8400

Rack & Riddle Announces Release of Kansas City Royals™ Championship Brut™ Sparkling Wine
07 December, 2015

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom wine operations in the nation, announced the release of the Kansas City Royals World Series Championship Brut sparkling wine. Product is available for sale online and at select retail outlets. For more information visit, mlb.com/wine.

Wine by Design, an official licensee of Major League Baseball, identified Rack & Riddle as the ideal partner to produce this limited-release commemorating the champions of the 111th Fall Classic. The Royals Championship Brut was crafted in the méthode Champenoise process, and showcases premium grapes from California’s renowned North Coast region.

“This is a celebratory bubbly created especially for the team and fans—soft in the mouth with bright notes of sweet red raspberry, strawberry and green apple, and hints of citrus flower on the nose,” said Rack & Riddle Executive Director of Winemaking, Penny Gadd-Coster. “This Brut pairs well with any food, and its long shelf life means the 2015 Royals can be celebrated for months or years to come—it’s a great commemorative bottle.”

Rack & Riddle produced its first MLB wine in 2013, a championship brut for the Boston Red Sox.

“We are excited to reprise this role,” said Rack & Riddle General Manager Mark Garaventa. “It’s incredible to see our bubbly popped and poured while fans celebrate this victory.”
 

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:
With its expansion in 2014 to two new locations in Sonoma County, Rack & Riddle is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, and private label wine programs, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel storage and fermentation vessels. An exceptional winemaking team produces 1.2 million cases of wine annually. For more information, visit www.rackandriddle.com.

ABOUT WINE BY DESIGN:
Wine by Design (WBD) is a marketing and management agency, and the leader in delivering wine-based strategic services and premium wine solutions. WBD provides tailored brand experiences, limited wine releases, events and consulting. Founded by Diane Karle, WBD has offices in New York and Napa Valley. WBD has cultivated a network of wine experts, suppliers and grape growers, which results in targeted business solutions. Visit winebydesignco.com to learn more.


$12 Off Per Case for 5-Pallet Sparkling Brut Shiner Orders
23 November, 2015

SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy special savings on award-winning private label (shiner) orders made at Rack & Riddle’s WIN Expo booth...

 
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Rack & Riddle is pleased to offer a FREE "Trade Show Floor Only" Pass (a $35 value) PROMO CODE: RAC417

Follow this link to register with our code already applied! 

 
The Rack & Riddle team is excited to announce we will have a booth at the upcoming North Coast Wine Industry Expo on Thursday, December 3rd!

Don't forget to stop by our booth #417 at the expo to taste Rack & Riddle sparkling wines and check out our custom crush and private wine label services.

SPECIAL OFFER: $12 Off Per Case for 5-Pallet Sparkling Brut Shiner Orders Made at the Show!

Ask about our custom crush services for producing still and sparkling wines from your own grapes or base wine, or any winemaking need in between!

Visit our website to request quotes or samples online!

Call 707-433-8400
 
 
 

CONTACT US TODAY TO REQUEST SPARKLING WINE SAMPLES:
 
Monica Smith
Business Development Associate
707-433-8400  
 
 
  

VISIT THE RACK & RIDDLE BOOTH #417 
Sparkling wine samples will be poured at the booth
  

RACK & RIDDLE SPARKLING PRIVATE LABELS HAVE WON OVER 100 AWARDS:

Rack & Riddle's Sparkling Private Label (Shiner) Wines have won dozens of awards for a host of brands, including these top honors: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, and Sweepstakes awards.

All these awards (and more than 100 additional awards over the past three years) were garnered for just four base varietals of bubbly, made unique via differing times en tirage, and custom dosage trials. You can rest assured a Rack & Riddle sparkling wine will truly be your very own!

 
 
CHEERS,
THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM

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SPECIAL OFFER - North Coast Wine Industry Expo!
06 November, 2015

SPECIAL OFFER: $12 Off Per Case for 5-Pallet Sparkling Brut Shiner Orders Made at the North Coast Wine Industry Expo...

 
 
banner
 
 
 
Rack & Riddle is pleased to offer a FREE "Trade Show Floor Only" Pass (a $35 value) PROMO CODE: RAC417

Follow this link to register with our code already applied!

 
The Rack & Riddle team is excited to announce we will have a booth at the upcoming North Coast Wine Industry Expo on Thursday, December 3rd!

Don't forget to stop by our booth #417 at the expo to taste Rack & Riddle sparkling wines and check out our custom crush and private wine label services.

SPECIAL OFFER: $12 Off Per Case for 5-Pallet Sparkling Brut Shiner Orders Made at the Show!

Ask about our custom crush services for producing still and sparkling wines from your own grapes or base wine, or any winemaking need in between!

Visit our website to request quotes or samples online!

Call 707-433-8400
 
 
 

CONTACT US TODAY TO REQUEST SPARKLING WINE SAMPLES:
 
Monica Smith
Business Development Associate
707-433-8400 
 
 
  

VISIT THE RACK & RIDDLE BOOTH #417 
Sparkling wine samples will be poured at the booth
 

RACK & RIDDLE SPARKLING PRIVATE LABELS HAVE WON OVER 100 AWARDS:

Rack & Riddle's Sparkling Private Label (Shiner) Wines have won dozens of awards for a host of brands, including these top honors: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, and Sweepstakes awards.

All these awards (and more than 100 additional awards over the past three years) were garnered for just four base varietals of bubbly, made unique via differing times en tirage, and custom dosage trials. You can rest assured a Rack & Riddle sparkling wine will truly be your very own!

 
 
CHEERS,
THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM

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Why Your Brand Needs Sparkling Wine
26 October, 2015

Learn the top 8 reasons your business needs a sparkling wine. Ready to explore what sparkling wine can do for your business? Give Rack & Riddle a call at 707-433-8400.

Click to request a quote for your own private label sparkling wine. Have your own base wine for a bubbly project? Click to request a quote for custom crush services.

1)      Sparkling Wine Sales Outpace Still Wine. The sparkling wine sector outperformed table wines for the sixth consecutive year in 2014, as Shanken News Daily reported, and in the first quarter of 2015, sparkling wine boosted online wine sales by 11 percent, according to Wilson Drinks Report. “The sparkling wine surge has continued in 2015, with total sparkling wine value up 16 percent,” says Wilson Drinks Report Managing Director Tim Wilson.

2)      Custom Crush Makes it Easy. While making sparkling wine is expensive, a custom crush house like Rack & Riddle eliminates the costly equipment and overhead so any business can add bubbly to its portfolio.

3)      Expand Your Brand. Tap into new branding concepts. Whether you’re a retailer offering bubbly to customers as a special promotion, or you’re unveiling a wine club, or sending clients your own branded bubbly as a thank you, the possibilities for branding – and boosting your image – are endless.

4)      An Essential Event Marketing Tool. Imagine pouring bubbly featuring your custom-designed, branded label at trade shows, community events and non-profit fundraisers. As you pour the bubbles, you’ll have a captive audience and the perfect chance to chat up prospects. Gain exposure while also differentiating your business from others at events. Bonus: donations of bubbly to non-profit events are tax deductible.

5)      Market to Millennials. Those ages 25 to 34 account for over 20 percent of sparkling wine drinkers, according to Impact, a sister publication of Wine Spectator.

6)      Capture the Attention of Women. Women make up 64 percent of bubbly drinkers, according to the International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) consultancy. Women also make up over half of the core wine drinkers in the United States who drink wine on at least a weekly basis.

7)      Sell Overseas.Worldwide, sparkling wine consumption is expected to rise 8.52 percent between 2012 and 2016 due to demand in the top four sparkling wine markets: the United States, Germany, France, and Russia, according to IWSR.

8)      California: Bubbly Capital of the United States.If your market is local, you’ll be glad to know the top state for sparkling wine consumption is California. The top 10 states, according to an October 2014 study by The Beverage Information Group, are: California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio.

Ready to explore what sparkling wine can do for your business?Give Rack & Riddle a call at 707-433-8400.


6 Varietals of Private Label Wines Available!
12 October, 2015

 

Be Prepared

for the

Holidays

MÉTHODE CHAMPENOISE

PRIVATE LABEL SPARKLING WINES

AVAILABLE!
 

Make Your Brand Stand Out this  Holiday Season
 
with
Rack & Riddle's
 


Perfect for your tasting room, wine club, and events! 

Choose from these Limited-Quantity Shiners Available Now:

o    North Coast Brut
o    North Coast Sparkling Rosé
o    Sonoma County Blanc de Noirs
o    Russian River Valley Blanc de Blancs
o    Central Coast (Edna Valley) Brut
o    Sparkling Moscato


For pricing & availability sheet, click here 

Call us for more details or to request a quote!

707-433-8400


 
 

How to Launch a New Sparkling Wine Brand by the Holidays
31 August, 2015

Roll out your new sparkling wine brand in time for the holidays! It's easy with Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Service's sparkling Private Label Wine program.

REQUEST A QUOTE

Imagine launching your own brand’s méthode champenoise sparkling wine in time for the holidays. A bubbly with a branded label is perfect for your company’s parties, holiday promotion, customer gifts, or employee gifts. By starting now, you can launch a new bubbly in time for December! Such a fast turn-around time is possible in the private label “shiner” program here at Rack & Riddle. Our customizable offerings include a selection of award-winning sparkling wines; differing aging times en tirage and a custom dosage option ensures your wine is truly unique for your brand.

Clients can expect to profit as much as 50 percent or more with a private label bubbly (depending on the retail price they decide upon). With sparkling wine growing ever more popular and sales far outpacing still wine, now is the ideal time to carve your niche in this lucrative market.

Here are some tips and a general timeline to keep in mind when pursuing a private label bubbly project.

Steps to Place Your Order
1). Contact Rack & Riddle to request the latest sparkling wine availability sheet and request samples. When your team has tasted and selected your bubbly, request a quote. Once the quote is signed and deposit made, your wine order is secured! We’ll send you the wine technical data so you can get started thinking about the information to include on your label design, and start writing your wine (or brand) description for your back label. Now is also a great time to start a marketing plan for your new bubbly!
2). Submit your completed New Customer Application (only for customers who haven’t ordered before).
3). Complete our DBA letter template to be added on our basic permit. This is standard procedure for any custom crush/private label order, and required of all clients so you can print labels stating your own business name on the “produced by” line.
4). Submit a completed Shiner Spec Sheet with information like foil color you would like, and any special instructions for your project’s labeling.

Prepping Your Label Artwork
Start your label design process early with a graphic designer, preferably one who is familiar with designing wine labels. Never designed a wine label before? No problem. We have a compliance specialist on-staff who will provide guidelines and get you all set. Check out our Sparkling Label Spec Sheet for recommended label printers. But remember, don’t get your labels printed until you have a COLA (certificate of label approval), which we will submit for you.

Submitting for Label Approval
Once your label artwork is finished, you’ll email us the jpegs to submit for the COLA on your behalf. Keep your eye on the TTB’s processing times, as they vary. Right now, as of this publication, it’s taking the TTB 23 days to review and approve wine labels. Let your label printing company know the expected COLA date – they can get you scheduled for printing as soon as you have the COLA.

Printing Your Labels
When your COLA comes through, we’ll email it to you. Now you can print your labels! It often takes a label printing company two weeks’ turn-around, so it’s wise to get on their production schedule early.

Labeling Your Project
After your labels are printed, ship them to us and we’ll get your project on our production schedule for labeling. A sparkling private label project is typically scheduled for labeling within two to four weeks after we receive your labels. If you want to label and/or foil off-site and take your wine as “shiners” (unlabeled) you certainly can! There’s a spot to let us know that on your Shiner Spec Sheet.


The Rack & Riddle team hand-labeling advance sample cases for a private label client.

Watch Your Order be Completed
Once you have your production date for labeling, you can contact us if you’d like to come to the facility to watch the magic happen! Next, your labeled bottles are placed in sturdy upright white wine cases, ready to ship. Congratulations on your new sparkling wine brand!

We hope this information is helpful as you consider launching your own branded bubbly. For more information about Rack & Riddle’s programs or to schedule a tour for a behind-the-scenes look at our production facilities, please don’t hesitate to call us at 707-433-8400.

 


See What Our Happy Clients Have to Say!
14 August, 2015

We have space available for your still or sparkling custom crush projects this harvest!

See what our happy clients have to say about Rack & Riddle in the article by Wines & Vines: 

Base to Bottle or Grape to Bottle Sparkling Programs:
-Create a méthode champenoise sparkling from your base wine or grapes, with the guidance of our expert winemakers
-Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine
-Both Wet Glue and Pressure Sensitive labeling capabilities
-Your supplies or ours
-Custom dosage available
-Small or large lots
 
Full service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish 

 

Grape to Bottle Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts:

-Ship your wine or grapes to us, and we'll work within your protocol to create an outstanding finished product!
-Customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need
-Stop by to see Rack & Riddle's state-of-the-art still winemaking equipment, featuring a new 140 BPM Bertolaso bottling line

Call General Manager Mark Garaventa or Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust to schedule a facility tour: 707-433-8400

 

RACK & RIDDLE PRODUCED WINES HAVE WON 100's of AWARDS

Sparkling wines produced at Rack & Riddle have won top awards for a host of brands, including: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, and Sweepstakes awards.

Director of Winemaking Penny Gadd-Coster leads a stellar team of six award-winning winemakers to help with your project. Our staff of more than 80 employees are experts in their specialties, from production to the cellar to compliance, and everything in between. Rack & Riddle's custom crush programs are truly customizable -- we can be as hands on or off as you like, offering more than 100 years of combined winemaking expertise in both still and sparkling winemaking. Let us follow your protocol to produce a world-class, award-winning wine!

 
Contact us with any questions or to discuss your project!
707-433-8400



CHEERS,
THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM
 
  

 

 


Custom Crush Space Available for Still or Sparkling Wine Projects!
31 July, 2015

Rack & Riddle has space available this harvest for your still or sparkling custom crush projects! Space is limited, and harvest has already begun for sparkling winegrapes, so contact us now to reserve space for your project!

REQUEST A QUOTE 

 
â-+ Base to Bottle or Grape to Bottle Sparkling Programs:
-Create a méthode champenoise sparkling from your base wine or grapes, with the guidance of our expert winemakers 
-Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish
-Both Wet Glue and Pressure Sensitive labeling capabilities
-Your supplies or ours
-Custom dosage available
-Small or large lots
    
 
â-+ Grape to Bottle Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts:
-Ship your wine or grapes to us, and we'll work within your protocol to create an outstanding finished product! 
-Customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need
-Stop by to see Rack & Riddle's state-of-the-art still winemaking equipment, featuring a new 140 BPM Bertolaso bottling line

Call General Manager Mark Garaventa or Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust to schedule a facility tour: 707-433-8400
 

â-+ Rack & Riddle's two premier facilities in the heart of Sonoma wine country offer:

-Easy access locations in Healdsburg & Alexander Valley
-Full bottling services including new 140 BPM lines 
-CCOF certified organic winemaking & production option
-Fully equipped laboratories including the following services:
Foss wine scan with So2 
PH/TA auto titrator 
UV-VIS spectrophotometer 
Alcolyzer 
DMA 
Heat/cold stability analysis 
Pre/post bottle micro plating
 
    

We would love to discuss your project! Email us or give us a call at 707-433-8400.


Custom Crush Space Available!
22 June, 2015

Rack & Riddle has space available this harvest for your still or sparkling custom crush projects!

REQUEST A QUOTE 

 
 


 

 

Base to Bottle or Grape to Bottle Sparkling Programs:
-Create a méthode champenoise sparkling from your base wine or grapes, with the guidance of our expert winemakers 
-Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish
-Both Wet Glue and Pressure Sensitive labeling capabilities
-Your supplies or ours
-Custom dosage available
-Small or large lots
 

 

 

Grape to Bottle Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts:
-Ship your wine or grapes to us, and we'll work within your protocol to create an outstanding finished product! 
-Customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need
-Stop by to see Rack & Riddle's state-of-the-art still winemaking equipment, featuring a new 140 BPM Bertolaso bottling line

Call General Manager Mark Garaventa or Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust to schedule a facility tour: 707-433-8400

 

 

 

 

Rack & Riddle's two premier facilities in the heart of Sonoma wine country offer:
-Easy access locations in Healdsburg & Alexander Valley
-Full bottling services including new 140 BPM lines 
-CCOF certified organic winemaking & production option
-Fully equipped laboratories including the following services:
Foss wine scan with So2 
PH/TA auto titrator 
UV-VIS spectrophotometer 
Alcolyzer 
DMA 
Heat/cold stability analysis 
Pre/post bottle micro plating
 

We would love to discuss your project. Email us or give us a call at 707-433-8400.


This Harvest, Consider Making a Sparkling Wine from Your Base Wine! Here's How
05 June, 2015

Contact Rack & Riddle to Reserve Space for Your Sparkling Base-to-Bottle Project! (707) 433-8400 Or Request a Quote Online

Did you know that Rack & Riddle can produce premium, méthode champenoise sparkling wine from your base wine?

With the guidance of our expert winemakers, you can produce your own sparkling wine from base-to-bottle. Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full-service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish.

If you're interested in our base-to-bottle services, please contact us right away to book your project; base wine is typically brought in to our facility around December or January, but reservations for space are happening through the summer!

Follow these tips from our Executive Director of Winemaking, Penny Gadd-Coster, to prep your base wine just right:

Tips for Picking:
•    Taste grapes in the vineyard for flavor profile
•    Pick at 17-20 Brix
•    pH 2.9 to 3.2
•    TA 0.9 to 1.2

Tips for Base Wine:
•    11% is the preferred alcohol percentage for the wine coming in.
•    We aim for the finished product to be in the 12.5% to 13% range.
•    3.1 pH is ideal, but it is adjustable if wine comes in at a lower or higher pH.

Wishing You a Wonderful Summer and a Happy Harvest!

The Rack & Riddle Team
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services


Rack & Riddle on ABC!
11 May, 2015

A segment on ABC aired over the weekend featuring Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services! If you missed the show, you can check it out here: http://www.viddler.com/v/5066170

We had fun showing "Days with Zahrah" around the custom crush facility, plus visiting the Breathless tasting room, where our Executive Director of Winemaking Penny Gadd-Coster led us through an educational tasting of a flight of Breathless bubbly.

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services Offers Customizable Programs:

Sparkling Private Label Program:
-Personal consultation with our winemakers to create your branded sparkling wine blend       
-Wines produced by winemakers who consistently win GOLD MEDALS and BEST OF CLASSin the most prestigious tastings
-Responsive service and streamlined order process: you provide us your labels and we ship within two weeks
-Four Méthode Champenoise private label sparkling wines available: Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs

Call Business Development Associate Monica Smith for sparkling wine pricing & availability, or to request samples: 707-433-8400

Base to Bottle or Grape to Bottle Sparkling Programs:
-Create a Méthode Champenoise sparkling from your base wine or grapes, with the guidance of our expert winemakers
-Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish
-Both Wet Glue or Pressure Sensitive labeling capabilities
-Your supplies or ours
-Custom dosage available
-Small or large lots


Grape to Bottle Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts:
-Ship your base wine or grapes to us, and we'll work within your protocol to create an outstanding still wine!
-Customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need!
-Stop by to see Rack & Riddle's state-of-the-art still winemaking equipment, featuring a new 140 BPM Bertolaso bottling line

Call General Manager Mark Garaventa or Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust to schedule a facility tour: 707-433-8400

◆ Rack & Riddle's two premier facilities in the heart of Sonoma wine country offer:
-Easy access locations in Healdsburg & Alexander Valley
-Full bottling services including new 140 BPM lines
-CCOF certified organic winemaking & production option
-Fully equipped laboratories including the following services:
Foss wine scan with So2
PH/TA auto titrator
UV-VIS spectrophotometer
Alcolyzer
DMA
Heat/cold stability analysis
Pre/post bottle micro plating

Don’t wait! Request a quote for your private label or custom crush project.

Request private label sparkling wine samples, or contact us: 707-433-8400

info@rackandriddle.com


Private Label Wines Step Out Into the Open
13 April, 2015

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services is featured in The Press Democrat's article this week about the growing private label wine market.

"The outlook also is bright over at Rack & Riddle in Healdsburg, where general manager Mark Garaventa notes that its private label production is expected to grow from 35,000 cases last year to 50,000 cases in the coming years..."

Read the rest of the story here.

Visit our website to find out more about Rack & Riddle's private label wine program. Request a quote online, or request your sparkling wine samples! Contact us at 707-433-8400 for more information.


Infographic: How Sparkling Wine Is Made
30 March, 2015

See first-hand with the below infographic how Rack & Riddle’s private label and custom crush sparkling wines are crafted in the traditional method! Request sparkling wine samples or a quote in one click. Find out how easy it is to add private label sparkling wine to your portfolio!

Request a quote for privately labeled wine here. Request samples here.

Rack & Riddle’s Sparkling Private Label Program Includes:

◆  Personal consultation with our winemakers to create your branded sparkling wine blend      
◆  Wines produced by winemakers who consistently win GOLD MEDALS and BEST OF CLASS in the most prestigious tastings
◆  Responsive service and streamlined order process: you provide us your labels and we ship within two weeks
◆  Five méthode champenoise private label sparkling wines currently available: Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, and Moscato

Call or email Business Development Associate Monica Smith for sparkling wine pricing & availability: 707-433-8400


8 Reasons Your Business Needs Bubbly
16 March, 2015

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Learn the top 8 reasons why your business needs a private label sparkling wine.
 
1)    Sparkling Wine Sales Outpace Still Wine Sales. Sparkling wines are driving the growth of the United States’ wine market. The sparkling wine sector outperformed table wines for the sixth consecutive year in 2014, as Shaken News Daily reported in the November 2014 article, “U.S. Wine Market to Rise for 21st Consecutive Year”.

2)    Custom Crush Makes it Easy. While sparkling winemaking is a more expensive, time-intensive process than crafting a still/table wine, custom crush houses like Rack & Riddle eliminate the costly equipment and overhead so any business can add bubbly to its portfolio.

3)    Elevate Your Brand. Tap into new branding concepts. Whether it’s a restaurant offering customizable private labels for wedding clients, a store offering a bubbly blend to its rewards program members, or unveiling a wine club or holiday-themed bubbly label, the possibilities for branding – and boosting your image – are endless.

4)    An Essential Event Marketing Tool. Imagine pouring bubbly featuring your custom-designed label at trade shows, community events and non-profit fundraisers. Nothing draws attention to your logo better than it being prominently on the label of a sparkling wine. Plus, as you pour the bubbles, you’ll have a captive audience and the perfect chance to chat up prospects. Gain exposure while also differentiating your business from other trade show booths or event sponsors. Bonus: donations of bubbly to non-profit events are tax deductible.

5)    Market to Millennials.Those ages 25 to 34 account for over 20 percent of sparkling wine drinkers, according to Impact, a sister publication of Wine Spectator.

6)    Capture the Attention of Women.Women make up 64 percent of bubbly drinkers, according to the International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) consultancy. Women also make up over half of the core wine drinkers in the United States who drink wine on at least a weekly basis.

7)    Sell Overseas. Worldwide, sparkling wine consumption is expected to rise 8.52 percent between 2012 and 2016 due to demand in the top four sparkling wine markets: the United States, Germany, France, and Russia, according to IWSR.

8)    California: Bubbly Capital of the United States. If your market is local, you’ll be glad to know the top state for sparkling wine consumption is California. The top 10 states, according to an October 2014 study by The Beverage Information Group, are: California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio.

Ready to explore what sparkling wine can do for your business? Give Rack & Riddle a call at 707-433-8400.
Click to request a quote for your own private label sparkling wine. Have your own grapes or base wine? Click to request a quote for custom crush services.


Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services: Upcoming March Events
02 March, 2015

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Family Winemakers Sunday, March 15 at the Fairplex in Pomona
Stop by Rack & Riddle’s booth to taste award-winning sparkling wine private label samples, and meet one-on-one with co-owner Bruce Lundquist, and Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust. If you can’t make it to Family Winemakers, Rack & Riddle can bring samples straight to your business! Limited appointments are available Sunday, March 15—Monday, March 16. Call or email Business Development Associate Monica Smith to secure your personal visit! 707-433-8400


WiVi Tradeshow Wednesday, March 18 in Paso Robles
At the WiVi Tradeshow in Paso Robles, be sure to stop by Rack & Riddle's booth #306 to taste award-winning sparkling wine samples and learn about our services.
During the week of WiVi, Rack & Riddle is available for one-on-one consultations about our services. Let us bring sparkling wine samples straight to your winery, when it's convenient for you. Limited appointments are available from Monday, March 16—Thursday, March 19, so call or email Business Development Associate Monica Smith to secure your personal visit!


707-433-8400
 

 

Rack & Riddle is pleased to offer a FREE Tradeshow Pass to the upcoming WiVi Tradeshow in Paso Robles  (a $30 value)  to our friends and clients! 


PROMO CODE: GUEST

REGISTER NOW
 

 
 
 
Eastern Winery Expo, March 18-19 in Syracuse, New York
Visit Rack & Riddle’s booth #1232 to taste sparkling wine samples and learn about our services.
Call or email Business Development Associate Monica Smith to book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our knowledgeable staff during the expo! 707-433-8400
 

Rack & Riddle is pleased to offer a FREE Exhibit Pass to the upcoming Eastern Winery Expo in Syracuse! 

(a $15 value) 


PROMO CODE: EWE15VIP

 
 
RACK & RIDDLE SPARKLING PRIVATE LABELS HAVE WON OVER 100 AWARDS!
 
Rack & Riddle's Sparkling Private Label (Shiner) Wines have won dozens of awards for a host of
brands, including these top honors in the past year alone: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, and Sweepstakes awards.

All these awards (and more than 100 additional awards over the past few years) were garnered
for just four base varietals of bubbly, made unique via differing times en tirage, and custom
dosage trials. You can rest assured a Rack & Riddle sparkling wine will truly be your very own!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

CHEERS,
THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM
 
707.433.8400   
 

Don't forget to stay updated with Rack & Riddle's current news, promotions,
and upcoming events:
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Facebook: Rack and Riddle
Twitter: @racknriddle 
 
 

Special Offer for Central Coast Winery Owners!
12 February, 2015

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Rack & Riddle is coming to your area, and we'd love to meet with you to discuss your winemaking program for 2015, and how Rack & Riddle can help! During the week of WiVi, Rack & Riddle is available for one-on-one consultations about our services. Let us bring sparkling wine samples straight to your winery, when it's convenient for you.

Limited appointments are available from Monday, March 16th--Thursday, March 19th, so call or email Business Development Associate Monica Smith TODAY to secure your personal visit!

707-433-8400
 

 

Rack & Riddle is pleased to offer a FREE Tradeshow Pass to the upcoming WiVi Tradeshow in Paso Robles  (a $30 value)  to our friends and clients! 


PROMO CODE: GUEST

REGISTER NOW
 
At the WiVi Tradeshow in Paso Robles, be sure to stop by Rack & Riddle's booth #306 to taste award-winning sparkling wine and meet one-on-one with our knowledgeable staff during the tradeshow. The exhibit  is open 10am-5pm, Wednesday, March 18th.

Rack & Riddle Offers Customizable Programs:

 Sparkling Private Label Program:
-Personal consultation with our winemakers to create your branded sparkling wine blend       
-Wines produced by winemakers who consistently win GOLD MEDALS and BEST OF CLASS in the most prestigious tastings
-Responsive service and streamlined order process: you provide us your labels and we ship within two weeks
-Four Méthode Champenoise private label sparkling wines available: Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs

Call Business Development Associate Monica Smith for sparkling wine pricing & availability, or to request samples: 707-433-8400

Base to Bottle or Grape to Bottle Sparkling Programs:
-Create a Méthode Champenoise sparkling from your base wine or grapes, with the guidance of our expert winemakers
-Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish
-Both Wet Glue and Pressure Sensitive labeling capabilities
-Your supplies or ours
-Custom dosage available
-Small or large lots

Grape to Bottle Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts:
-Ship your wine or grapes to us, and we'll work within your protocol to create an outstanding finished product!
-Customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need
-Stop by to see Rack & Riddle's state-of-the-art still winemaking equipment, featuring a new 140 BPM Bertolaso bottling line

Call General Manager Mark Garaventa or Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust to schedule a facility tour: 707-433-8400

Rack & Riddle's two premier facilities in the heart of Sonoma wine country offer:
-Easy access locations in Healdsburg & Alexander Valley
-Full bottling services including new 140 BPM lines
-CCOF certified organic winemaking & production option
-Fully equipped laboratories including the following services:
Foss wine scan with So2
PH/TA auto titrator
UV-VIS spectrophotometer
Alcolyzer
DMA
Heat/cold stability analysis
Pre/post bottle micro plating
 

CONTACT US TODAY FOR YOUR SPARKLING WINE SAMPLES:
 
Monica Smith
Business Development Associate
707-433-8400 
  
 
  

VISIT THE RACK & RIDDLE BOOTH #306    
Sparkling wine samples will be poured at the booth
 
RACK & RIDDLE SPARKLING PRIVATE LABELS HAVE WON OVER 100 AWARDS!
 
Rack & Riddle's Sparkling Private Label (Shiner) Wines have won dozens of awards for a host of brands, including these top honors in the past year alone: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, and Sweepstakes awards.

All these awards (and more than 100 additional awards over the past few years) were garnered for just four base varietals of bubbly, made unique via differing times en tirage, and custom dosage trials. You can rest assured a Rack & Riddle sparkling wine will truly be your very own!


WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT WiVi!

CHEERS,
THE RACK & RIDDLE TEAM
 
707.433.8400   
 

Don't forget to stay updated with Rack & Riddle's current news, promotions, and upcoming events:
 Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  
Facebook: Rack and Riddle
Twitter: @racknriddle 
 
 

Invitation - Sparkling Wine Seminar
03 February, 2015

RSVP by Friday, February 6th for

Laffort and Rack & Riddle's  

Sparkling Wine Seminar 

on February 18th from 9:30am to 12pm    

at Rack & Riddle
499 Moore Lane
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(Right off hwy 101 and just two blocks from the Healdsburg square!)

 
Featured Speakers:

Francois Botton,
Laffort "Spark" Manager
at Laffort FRANCE

Francois Botton

Penny Gadd-Coster

Penny Gadd-Coster,
Executive Director of Winemaking
at Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services 

Event Details 

What: Sparkling Wine Seminar 

When:Wednesday, February 18th 9:30am-12pm   

Where: Rack & Riddle, 499 Moore Ln., Healdsburg, CA 95448

RSVP:email Monica or call 707-433-8400 by Friday, February 6th

 

Features of the Day 

9:30am: Coffee/pastries

10am: Presentations begin

 

  • "Méthode Champenoise Production: How to Improve Mouthfeel in Sparkling Wine"with Francois Botton, featuring a Champagne and Cava tasting trial

  • "Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Winemaking" with Penny Gadd-Coster

 

 

We hope to see you there!

Cheers,

 

Laffort USA and Rack & Riddle


Schedule Your Personal Consultation with Rack & Riddle at Unified!
20 January, 2015

Celebrate New Profits in 2015 – Add Sparkling Or Still Wine to Your Portfolio! 

Book Your Personal Consultation Today with Rack & Riddle at Unified Jan. 28-29th By Calling:

707-433-8400

info@rackandriddle.com

Or click here to add us to your show planner and send an email to book your appointment!

Taste samples of Rack & Riddle’s award-winning sparkling wine, and meet our sales and winemaking staff members at booth #1839 during the Unified Wine Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. January 28-29th. Learn about Rack & Riddle’s services, including: Private label sparkling and still wines; custom crush services for both sparkling and still wines; complete base-to-bottle and grape-to-bottle programs; and any winemaking or bottling need in between!

Rack & Riddle Offers Customizable Programs:

Sparkling Private Label Program:
-Personal consultation with our winemakers to create your branded sparkling wine blend       
-Wines produced by winemakers who consistently win GOLD MEDALS and BEST OF CLASSin the most prestigious tastings
-Responsive service and streamlined order process: you provide us your labels and we ship within two weeks
-Four Méthode Champenoise private label sparkling wines available: Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs

Call Business Development Associate Monica Smith for sparkling wine pricing & availability, or to request samples: 707-433-8400

Base to Bottle or Grape to Bottle Sparkling Programs:
-Create a Méthode Champenoise sparkling from your base wine or grapes, with the guidance of our expert winemakers
-Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish
-Both Wet Glue or Pressure Sensitive labeling capabilities
-Your supplies or ours
-Custom dosage available
-Small or large lots


Grape to Bottle Still Wine Programs & Bottling Contracts:
-Ship your base wine or grapes to us, and we'll work within your protocol to create an outstanding still wine!
-Customized bottling or labeling services, or any step in the winemaking process you may need!
-Stop by to see Rack & Riddle's state-of-the-art still winemaking equipment, featuring a new 140 BPM Bertolaso bottling line

Call General Manager Mark Garaventa or Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust to schedule a facility tour: 707-433-8400

◆ Rack & Riddle's two premier facilities in the heart of Sonoma wine country offer:
-Easy access locations in Healdsburg & Alexander Valley
-Full bottling services including new 140 BPM lines
-CCOF certified organic winemaking & production option
-Fully equipped laboratories including the following services:
Foss wine scan with So2
PH/TA auto titrator
UV-VIS spectrophotometer
Alcolyzer
DMA
Heat/cold stability analysis
Pre/post bottle micro plating

Don’t wait! Book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our knowledgeable staff and discover how Rack & Riddle’s collaborative, customer-centered approach can help you achieve your winemaking goals for 2015.

Call us today at 707-433-8400

info@rackandriddle.com


Meet Rack & Riddle at Unified!
05 January, 2015

Make Your Appointment Today!

Meet Rack & Riddle at the Unified Wine Symposium Jan. 28th - 29th, 2015

Taste samples of Rack & Riddle’s award-winning sparkling wine, and meet our sales and winemaking staff members at booth #1839 during the Unified Wine Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. Learn about Rack & Riddle’s services, including: Private label sparkling and still wines; custom crush services for both sparkling and still wines; complete base-to-bottle and grape-to-bottle programs; and any winemaking or bottling need in between!

Book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our knowledgeable staff and discover how Rack & Riddle’s collaborative, customer-centered approach can help you achieve your winemaking goals for 2015.

Celebrate New Profits in 2015 – Add Sparkling Or Still Wine to Your Portfolio! Book Your Appointment to Meet Rack & Riddle Now!

707-433-8400

info@rackandriddle.com

Cynthia Faust, Business Development Manager; cynthia@rackandriddle.com

Monica Smith, Business Development Associate; monica@rackandriddle.com

 


Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services Announces New Sparkling Wine Private Label Blends
08 December, 2014

HEALDSBURG, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014 – Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom wine operations in Northern California, has announced the rollout of its five new non-vintage private label sparkling wine blends, which follows on the heels of the company’s major Sonoma County expansion. 

The five blends—Brut, Blanc de Noirs, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Rosé, and Moscato, are sparkling wines crafted in the traditional French method. These non-vintage blends are sourced from select North Coast and Sonoma County grapes. “These are smooth and refreshing sparkling wines made for everyday consumption as well as special occasions,” said Rack & Riddle Executive Director of Winemaking, Penny Gadd-Coster. “The beauty is they pair well with every food, and have an enduring shelf life.”

Rack & Riddle found its niche as one of the few custom crush winemaking facilities in the nation specializing in méthode champenoise sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle’s sparkling blends consistently garner Gold and Best of Class honors in major wine competitions throughout the United States.

“The traditional French sparkling winemaking method is a labor of love involving a second fermentation in the bottle—if you are as dedicated as we are about creating superior sparkling wines, the only way to make it is in this age-old, traditional method,” said Gadd-Coster, who was named  “Winemaker of the Year” in the Napa and Sonoma wine region by the Wine Industry Awards last December. “Our private label sparkling program unlocks the ability for restaurants, retailers or even individuals to create their own branded sparkling wine blend, without the overhead and investment in expensive production equipment and processes.”

Retailers are increasingly choosing to add sparkling wine to their portfolios as more and more consumers buy bubbly. The consumption of sparkling wine is projected to rise 8.52 percent worldwide between 2012 and 2016 due to increased demand in the top four sparkling wine markets: the United States, Germany, France, and Russia, according to the International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) consultancy.

Sparkling wine consumption rose 4.17 percent compared to the 2.72 percent increase seen in still wines from 2007 to 2011.

“Purchasing a private label sparkling wine allows businesses to capitalize on the popularity of sparkling wine while tapping into new brand concepts,” said Rack & Riddle General Manager Mark Garaventa. “Whether it’s a restaurant offering a customizable private label sparkling for wedding clients, a store offering a special blend for customer loyalty members, or a wine bar serving a holiday-themed label—the possibilities for branding are endless.”

Rack & Riddle customer Amy Kemp, co-proprietor of Loma Prieta Winery, wanted a high-quality sparkling wine that would complement the winery’s high-end Pinot Noirs and Pinotages. “After tasting through some of Rack & Riddle’s samples, we decided to privately label a lovely Blanc de Noirs,” said Kemp. “We’re almost sold out of it, and have ordered a new Blanc de Noirs sparkling with a Pinot Meuneir dosage, about which we’re very excited.”

With Rack & Riddle’s expansion in June 2014 to the booming wine country region of Healdsburg, Calif., the new location allows customers’ brand labels to state their business name or wine brand as being produced and bottled in Healdsburg. “The name ‘Healdsburg’ is another powerful marketing tool—it holds a lot of cache as a premium winemaking region in Sonoma County,” said Gadd-Coster. “It’s just another plus when crafting a customized bubbly that will drive the growth of your brand.”

 

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:
With a recent expansion to two new locations in Sonoma County, Rack & Riddle is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, and private label programs, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel storage and fermentation vessels. An exceptional winemaking team produces over 1 million cases of wine annually. For more information, please visit www.rackandriddle.com.

 

For facility tour requests or more information, please contact:

 

Cynthia Faust

Business Development Manager – Rack & Riddle

707-433-8400                    

cynthia@rackandriddle.com

 

For interview and photo requests, please contact:

 

Elizabeth Nixon

Media Relations – Rack & Riddle

707-433-8400                    

elizabeth@rackandriddle.com

 

For sparkling wine samples, please contact:

Monica Smith

Business Development Associate – Rack & Riddle

707-433-8400    

monica@rackandriddle.com


Champagne Cocktail & Meet the Winemaker Event at Rack & Riddle!
13 October, 2014

       

 You're Invited to...   

Rack & Riddle Winery's Champagne Cocktail & Meet the Winemaker Event      

at

Rack & Riddle Winery, Alexander Valley  

What: Rack & Riddle Meet the Winemaker Event    

When: Oct. 25th, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Rack & Riddle Winery 4001 Hwy 128, Geyserville, CA 95441  

RSVP: To monica@rackandriddle.com by Friday, Oct. 17th

 

Please accept our invitation to see Rack & Riddle's new winemaking facility in Alexander Valley, while meeting our winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster and other Rack & Riddle team members!

Penny Gadd-Coster, winner of "Winemaker of the Year" in the North Bay Business Journal's inaugural Wine Industry Awards, has garnered 14 Gold and Best of Class honors for Rack & Riddle's four varietals of bubbly in the past year alone! 

At our event, learn about Rack & Riddle's Sparkling Wine Club. Averaging only $50 per shipment for three bottles, three times per year, our members also get 25% off any wine or apparel purchase, plus much more!

Enjoy R&R bubbly paired with delicious hors d' oeuvres, plus a delightful Autumn themed champagne apple cider cocktail with recipe you can take home with you!

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

We hope to see you there!

Cheers,

        The Rack & Riddle Team 

 


Rack & Riddle Winery Champagne Cocktail & Meet the Winemaker Event
17 September, 2014

       

 You're Invited to...   

Rack & Riddle Winery's Champagne Cocktail & Meet the Winemaker Event      

at

Rack & Riddle Winery, Alexander Valley  

UPDATE: Due to Harvest and logistics of recieivng and processing grapes at this facility, we feel that the event as intially advertised for Sept. 27th will suffer. Please stay tuned as we will soon announce the new date for this event, which will be rescheduled to a weekend date in October.

What: Rack & Riddle Meet the Winemaker Event    

When:TBD

Where: Rack & Riddle Winery 4001 Hwy 128, Geyserville, CA 95441  

RSVP: To monica@rackandriddle.com

 

Please accept our invitation to see Rack & Riddle's new winemaking facility in Alexander Valley, while meeting our winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster and other Rack & Riddle team members!

Penny Gadd-Coster, winner of "Winemaker of the Year" in the North Bay Business Journal's inaugural Wine Industry Awards, has garnered 14 Gold and Best of Class honors for Rack & Riddle's four varietals of bubbly in the past year alone! 

At our event, learn about Rack & Riddle's Sparkling Wine Club. Averaging only $50 per shipment for three bottles, three times per year, our members also get 25% off any wine or apparel purchase, plus much more!

Enjoy R&R bubbly paired with delicious hors d' oeuvres, plus a delightful Autumn themed champagne apple cider cocktail with recipe you can take home with you!

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

We hope to see you there!

Cheers,

        The Rack & Riddle Team 

 

 

           

                 

 


Rack & Riddle Celebrates Healdsburg Facility Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
29 August, 2014

Rack & Riddle ribbon cutting

Rack & Riddle Co-Owner Rebecca Faust cutting the ribbon.

HEALDSBURG, Calif., Aug. 28, 2014 – Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush operations in Northern California, celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of its new Healdsburg facility on Wednesday. Approximately 200 guests attended the event, including Healdsburg city and Chamber of Commerce officials, preeminent wine industry figures and the area’s top winemakers. Guests were guided on behind-the-scenes tours of the facility, and enjoyed Rack & Riddle sparkling wines, wood-fired pizza by Diavola Pizzeria and live music performed by The Delta Rockets.

In a speech to the large crowd of 150-plus people gathered underneath the white tent for the 2:30 p.m. ribbon cutting, Rack & Riddle co-owner Bruce Lundquist thanked the many people who helped make the new 67,000-square-foot winemaking facility a reality.

“We’ve had a fairly tumultuous four or five months moving down here from Hopland—it’s a little bit ironic we actually started our business partnership here in Healdsburg, started our first business operations in Hopland, and eight years later we find ourselves back in Healdsburg, and we’re happy to be back here,” said Lundquist.

In just nine months’ time over the past year, Rack & Riddle expanded its footprint to 120,000 square feet in Sonoma County via its Alexander Valley location at 4001 Hwy 128 in Geyserville, dedicated to crushing and fermenting, and the new Healdsburg facility, located a few blocks from the Healdsburg town square at 499 Moore Lane. The Healdsburg facility focuses on all phases of sparkling winemaking and bottling, as well as still wine bottling, white wine fermentation, and alternative wine packaging including pouching and kegging.

“To our neighbors and friends, you’ve probably been hearing about this project from the sidelines and now you’re seeing it first-hand, so we welcome you,” said Lundquist. “We welcome all of our clients who made the trip here today. We’re very thankful for our clients and their continued use of our services.”

Having grown from eight employees when founded in 2007 to more than 50 today, Rack & Riddle has seen its business increase 42 percent the past two years. Rack & Riddle found its niche as one of only a handful of custom crush facilities in the nation specializing in méthode champenoise sparkling wines—a labor-intensive process that involves secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Rack & Riddle exterior

Rack & Riddle’s new facility in Healdsburg

Rack & Riddle offers full custom services for sparkling wines as well asstill red and white wines. Among its offerings are complete base-to-bottle, grape-to-bottle and “shiner” programs (pre-bottled wines available to purchase for application of customers’ private brand labels). Rack & Riddle unlocks the ability for wineries, businesses or individuals to create a private label wine, without the overhead and investment of owning a winery.

Rack & Riddle customers spoke of the benefits of utilizing the shiner and custom crush programs. “We wanted a high quality sparkling wine that would complement our portfolio of high-end Pinot Noirs and Pinotages,” said Amy Kemp, co-proprietor of Loma Prieta Winery. “After tasting through some of the Rack & Riddle samples, we decided to privately label a lovely Blanc de Noirs. We’re almost sold out of it, and have ordered a new Blanc de Noirs sparkling with a Pinot Meunier dosage, about which we’re very excited.”

Loma Prieta also recently sent Rack & Riddle 10 tons of Pinotage to crush and create a sparkling wine in the grape-to-bottle program. “We are eagerly anticipating what might be California’s very first sparkling made from 100 percent Pinotage fruit,” said Kemp. “Working with Rack & Riddle has been an absolute pleasure. They are extremely knowledgeable and provide outstanding customer service, which affords us the opportunity to provide a superior product at a very reasonable price point.”

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:
With a recent expansion to two new locations in Sonoma County, Rack & Riddle is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, and shiner programs for private labels, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel storage and fermentation vessels. An exceptional winemaking team produces over 1 million cases of wine annually. For more information, please visit www.rackandriddle.com.


RACK & RIDDLE PROVIDES SPARKLING OR STILL WINE SHINERS FOR BUSINESSES’ BRAND LABELS
18 August, 2014

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies in the North Bay area, provides “shiners” or “clean skins” as winemakers in Australia call the phenomenon—unlabeled wine for application of businesses’ or individuals’ own brand labels.

Contact Rack & Riddle at 707-433-8400 for information on receiving $12 off per case as part of the Rack & Riddle Healdsburg Grand Opening sale – only two weeks are left for these great savings.

“Through custom dosage and other methods, you can truly make the wine your own,” said Rack & Riddle Executive Director of Winemaking Penny Gadd-Coster. “Shiners are growing in popularity, because it’s a way for a business or individual to make wine commercially, and market their brand, without having to build a winery. We take care of the label approval, bottling, labeling and prepping the finished case goods for shipment.”

Rack & Riddle stands apart as one of the only providers of a wide selection of both still wine and sparkling wine shiners, and specializes in sparkling wines made in the méthode champenoise tradition—a labor-intensive and expensive process that involves second fermentation in the bottle.

Rack & Riddle recently opened a second facility in the booming wine country of Healdsburg, Calif. This allows customers’ brand labels to state their business name/wine brand as being produced and bottled in Healdsburg. “The name ‘Healdsburg’ is a powerful marketing tool, as it holds a lot of cache,” said Gadd-Coster.

Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood said of Rack & Riddle’s winemaking operation, “It fills an important niche in the industry, giving smaller producers an opportunity to create world class wines right in town.”

Wineries are wise to offer sparkling wine, as the International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) research consultancy predicts worldwide consumption rates of sparkling wine will outpace that of still wines between 2012 and 2016.

From 2007 to 2011, sparkling wine consumption increased 4.17 percent, compared to the 2.72 percent increase seen in still, light wines during the same period.

The consumption of sparkling wines is projected to rise 8.52 percent between 2012 and 2016, due to expected consumption increases in the top four sparkling wine markets: the United States, Germany, France, and Russia, according to IWSR.

Rack & Riddle’s Sonoma County expansion poises the company as one of the largest custom crush facilities specializing in sparkling wine in California. Rack & Riddle anticipates significant growth through increased bottling, stainless steel tank and tirage storage capacity. As a result of the Alexander Valley expansion, 15 new jobs were created at Rack & Riddle; additional new jobs will be created in coming months.

In the past two years, Rack & Riddle has seen business soar by 40 percent. Production in 2011 grew from 700,000 cases a year to 850,000 cases the following year. In 2013, the company produced more than 1 million cases of wine on behalf of well over 100 winemaking clients. Rack & Riddle was founded in 2007 with just eight employees and today has more than 50 employees.

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:
With a recent expansion to two new locations in Sonoma County, Rack & Riddle is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, and shiner programs for private labels, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel storage and fermentation vessels. An exceptional winemaking team produces over 1 million cases of wine annually. For more information, please visit www.rackandriddle.com.

 


RACK & RIDDLE ANNOUNCES FACILITY GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING
04 August, 2014

HEALDSBURG, Calif., August 5, 2014 – Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies in the North Bay area, today announced its new Healdsburg facility is fully operational. The 67,000-square-foot facility focuses on complete sparkling winemaking production, white wine fermentation and still wine bottling. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place August 27th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the new wine production facility, which has been undergoing improvements since Rack & Riddle’s long-term lease of the building began in October. Rack & Riddle invites those in the wine industry or members of the media to RSVP to attend the grand opening by calling 707-433-8400. Tours of the facility will take place throughout the event.

“It has been quite an undertaking to entirely move our 1 million-case-per-year custom crush operation in nine months,” said Bruce Lundquist, co-owner of Rack & Riddle. “By expanding our Sonoma County footprint to 120,000 square feet in two facilities in the heart of Healdsburg and Alexander Valley wine country, we can now offer clients more winemaking options: multiple bottling lines including a new 140-bottle-per-minute still wine line; nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel storage and fermentation vessels; on-site, full service laboratories; and increased tirage storage.”

Rack & Riddle has occupied its Alexander Valley location at 4001 Hwy 128 in Geyserville, dedicated to crushing and fermenting, since January 1st. The Healdsburg facility, located a few blocks from the Healdsburg town square at 499 Moore Lane, focuses on all phases of sparkling winemaking and bottling, as well as still wine bottling, white wine fermentation, and alternative wine packaging including pouching and kegging.

“Having already designed a state-of-the-art facility with winemakers in mind in 2007 in Hopland, this time around we were able to create an even superior design,” said Rack & Riddle Executive Director of Winemaking Penny Gadd-Coster. “We learned from our mistakes in Hopland and what we could do better, and implemented those changes in the Healdsburg facility, in terms of improved layout, ease of accommodating clients’ special requests, keeping sparkling separate from still wines, and raising the bar by providing higher quality in all capacities of the business.”

Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood praised the project as a “great example” of building and planning strategies getting a major project up and running in a short amount of time. “The City of Healdsburg is excited to welcome Rack & Riddle’s custom winemaking operations to our community,” said Jim Wood, Healdsburg mayor. “It fills an important niche in the industry, giving smaller producers an opportunity to create world class wines right in town.”

Rack & Riddle made a full transition out of its original Hopland location – where it was based for seven years – at the end of May, 2014. The departure made way for the Hopland building’s new occupant, Duckhorn Wine Co., which is unaffiliated with Rack & Riddle.

Rebecca Faust, co-owner of Rack & Riddle, said a Sonoma County presence for Rack & Riddle has been a long-held goal.  “We feel the centrally-located facilities, increased winemaking space, and also the ability to offer ‘Healdsburg’ for clients’ back labels, are all attractive benefits we otherwise could not have provided from the Hopland location.”

The Sonoma County expansion poises Rack & Riddle as one of the largest custom crush facilities specializing in sparkling wine in California. Rack & Riddle anticipates significant growth through increased bottling, stainless steel tank and tirage storage capacity. As a result of the Alexander Valley expansion, 15 new jobs were created at Rack & Riddle; additional new jobs will be created in coming months.

In the past two years, Rack & Riddle has seen business soar by 40 percent. Production in 2011 grew from 700,000 cases a year to 850,000 cases the following year. In 2013, the company produced more than 1 million cases of wine on behalf of well over 100 winemaking clients. Rack & Riddle was founded in 2007 with just eight employees and today has over 50 employees.

“This expansion into Healdsburg and Alexander Valley provides the space we need during an exciting time of unprecedented growth,” said Faust. “We are excited to call Sonoma County our home and headquarters, and for ongoing partnerships with the local wineries, businesses and communities in the years to come.”

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:
With a recent expansion to two new locations in Sonoma County, Rack & Riddle is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, and shiner programs for private labels, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel storage and fermentation vessels. An exceptional winemaking team produces over 1 million cases of wine annually. For more information, please visit www.rackandriddle.com.

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Nixon

Media Relations – Rack & Riddle

707-857-4000 ext. 220

elizabeth@rackandriddle.com


This Harvest, Consider Making a Sparkling Wine from Your Base Wine! Here's How
11 July, 2014

Contact Rack & Riddle to Reserve Space for Your Sparkling Base-to-Bottle Project! (707) 857-4000

Did you know that Rack & Riddle can produce premium, méthode champenoise sparkling wine from your base wine?

With the guidance of our expert winemakers, you can produce your own sparkling wine from base-to-bottle. Rack & Riddle can tirage bottle, age, disgorge and then label your wine. Full-service sparkling wine production ensures your wine is in the best of hands from start to finish.

If you're interested in our base-to-bottle services, please contact us right away to book your project; base wine is typically brought in to our facility around December or January, but reservations for space are happening now!

Follow these tips from our winemakers to prep your base wine just right: 

Tips for Picking:

  • Taste grapes in the vineyard for flavor profile
  • Pick at 17-20 Brix
  • pH 2.9 to 3.2
  • TA 0.9 to 1.2

Tips for Base Wine:

  • 11% is the preferred alcohol percentage for the wine coming in.
  • We aim for the finished product to be in the 12.5% to 13% range.
  • 3.1 pH is ideal, but it is adjustable if wine comes in at a lower or higher pH.

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Have a Happy Harvest!

The Rack & Riddle Team
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services


Rack & Riddle Announces Facility Opening in Wake of Major Sonoma County Expansion
23 April, 2014

HEALDSBURG, Calif., April 23, 2014 – Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies in the North Bay area, today announced its new Healdsburg facility is expected to be functionally operational June 15th, with full capabilities expected August 1st. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for August 27th for the new wine production facility, which has undergone improvements since October.

“We’re thrilled to have expanded our Sonoma County footprint to some 120,000 square feet over the course of just nine months,” said Bruce Lundquist, co-owner of Rack & Riddle. “It’s been a long-held goal to offer our clients more winemaking options and increased production capabilities. Now, with two locations in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, we can.

Rack & Riddle has occupied its Alexander Valley location, dedicated to crushing and fermenting, since January 1st. The Healdsburg facility, located on Moore Lane a few blocks from the Healdsburg town square, focuses on all phases of sparkling winemaking, as well as still wine bottling and alternative wine packaging.

“The City of Healdsburg is excited to welcome Rack & Riddle’s custom winemaking operations to our community,” said Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood. “It fills an important niche in the industry giving smaller producers an opportunity to create world class wines right in town.”

Rack & Riddle will be making a full transition out of its original Hopland location – where it was based for seven years – over the next two months. The departure makes way for the Hopland building’s new occupant, Duckhorn Wine Co., which is unaffiliated with Rack & Riddle.

“Since our inception, it’s been an important part of our strategic business plan to have a Sonoma County presence,” said Rebecca Faust, co-owner of Rack & Riddle.  “We feel the centrally-located facilities, increased winemaking space, and also the ability to offer either “Healdsburg” or “Geyserville” for clients’ back labels, are all attractive benefits we otherwise could not have provided from the Hopland location.”

The Sonoma County expansion poises Rack & Riddle as one of the largest custom crush facilities specializing in sparkling wine in California. Rack & Riddle anticipates significant growth through increased bottling, stainless steel tank and tirage storage capacity. As a result of the Alexander Valley expansion, 15 new jobs were created at Rack & Riddle; additional new jobs are expected to be created in coming months.

In the past two years, Rack & Riddle has seen business soar by 40 percent. Production in 2011 grew from 700,000 cases a year to 850,000 cases the following year. In 2013, the company produced more than one million cases of wine on behalf of well over 100 winemaking clients.

“This expansion into Healdsburg and Alexander Valley provides the space we need during an exciting time of unprecedented growth,” said Faust. “We very much look forward to calling Sonoma County our headquarters and for ongoing partnerships with the local wineries, businesses and communities in the years to come.”

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:
Based in Healdsburg, Calif., Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle, and shiner programs for private labels, and houses 2 million gallons of stainless steel storage and fermentation vessels ranging from 500 to 50,000 gallons. An exceptional winemaking team produces over one million cases of wine annually. For more information, please visitwww.rackandriddle.com.


RACK & RIDDLE ANNOUNCES LEASING AND OPERATIONS AGREEMENT WITH MURPHY WINERY
18 December, 2013

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., December 17, 2013Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crushand winemakingcompanies on the North Coast, announced today it has signed a lease agreement for the Murphy Family Winery, located in Alexander Valley just south of Geyserville.  Rack & Riddle will assume responsibility for all operations at the facility on January 1, 2014.  The announcement follows months of negotiations between the Murphy Family and the two partners of Rack & RiddleRebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist.

            Jim Murphy, along with brothers T.J., Denny, and sister Patty, were very pleased to have found Rack & Riddle as a tenant.  “We placed a high premium on finding a tenant that would uphold the many expectations we have in the use of our winery”, said Jim Murphy.  “We believe Rack & Riddle will provide excellent service to our existing clients, and will do so while maintaining and enhancing what our family has established here in Alexander Valley.”  Equally excited and pleased was Rack & Riddle.  “The Murphy Family has been great throughout our negotiations,” said Rebecca Faust, co-owner of Rack & Riddle.  “They have built a legacy here on Highway 128, and we intend to honor their family by making this winery a premier site for winemakers and winemaking.”

            The deal announced today adds significantly to the capabilities of Rack & Riddle in servicing clients particularly from both Sonoma and Mendocino counties. With the lease of the Murphy Winery containing 50,000 square feet of space, combined with the October lease of 67,000 feet of space in Healdsburg, Rack & Riddle has expanded its presence in Sonoma County in just two months to some 117,000 total square feet.

The expansion poises Rack & Riddle to become one of the largest custom crush facilities specializing in sparkling wine in California. Rack & Riddle anticipates significant growth and increased production through the addition of multiple bottling lines. “The expansion to Sonoma County has been a major effort, but a very successful one,” said Faust. “We have long felt that having a Sonoma County presence was an important part of our strategic business plan and will give our clients additional crush and winemaking options that we otherwise would be unable to provide from our current Hopland location.”

To aid in the transition as Rack & Riddle expands to the facility, Murphy Family Winery owners Jim and T.J. Murphy will continue on at the location as consultants to Rack & Riddle.

            The lease of the well-known Murphy Winery is an opportunity for Rack & Riddle to further add needed space for a burgeoning operation that serves well over 100 clients. “The operational plan for us is simple,” says Bruce Lundquist, co-owner of Rack & Riddle. “We are committed to providing facilities in Sonoma County where both still and sparkling wines can be crafted by the superb winemaking talent we know as our clients. To be able to offer our clients additional choices is a dream come true.”          

            Lundquist said, “Rack & Riddle’s expansion first into Healdsburg and now with the Murphy Family Winery, should provide the needed space for our operations, that currently produces more than a million cases of sparkling and still wine each year on behalf of our clients.”

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:

From a 120,000-square-foot facility in Hopland, a 67,000-square-foot facility in Healdsburg, and a 50,000 square-foot facility in Geyserville, Calif., Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape to bottle or base to bottle wine production services, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel tank storage and fermentation vessels ranging from 500 to 100,000 gallons. An exceptional winemaking team produces more than one million cases of still and sparkling wine each year. Rack & Riddle also offers a shiners program for those looking to add sparkling wine to their portfolio. Rack & Riddle is a California Certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic® Certified winery. For more information, please visit www.rackandriddle.com.

SOURCE: Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services
Press release contact:

Brian Sobel

Sobel Communications   

(Tel.) 707.762.3509


RACK & RIDDLE ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION TO SONOMA COUNTY
24 October, 2013

HOPLAND, Calif., October 22, 2013—Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crushand winemakingcompanies in the North Coast, and currently servicing more than 100 clients from its facility in Hopland, has announced it will be leasing 67,000 square feet of additional space in Sonoma County.

            The expansion announced by Rack & Riddle will utilize space in Healdsburg and be primarily used to produce sparkling wine for a host of clients. “We are excited to be expanding into Sonoma County with a major segment of our operations,” said Rebecca Faust, co-owner of Rack & Riddle. “During the last few years our business has experienced growth of some 40 percent, and this allows us to realize a long desired hope to expand, bring on new clients, and have a significant presence in Sonoma County.”

            Bruce Lundquist, co-owner, said, “Our operation is unique and trusted in the industry. Our expansion into Healdsburg, which is the first step in our expansion plan, gives us many more opportunities to serve our customers. Internally, it also represents a wonderful set of new opportunities for our employees. For example, we were pleased to recently announce that Mark Garaventa, vice president of business development, has been promoted to a new role in our company, that of general manager.”

            The scope of the current Rack & Riddle operation in Hopland is significant. Currently, the company produces more than one million cases of sparkling and still wine each year on behalf of its clients. The expansion into Sonoma County will provide new and existing clients with additional custom services and importantly, geographic branding opportunities. “Many of our clients have been interested in being able to label their products as produced in Sonoma County. Obtaining a long-term lease in Healdsburg will facilitate our meeting those client requests,” said Faust.

            Rack & Riddle expects to occupy the new site immediately. “We have the normal amount of work necessary to make the facility our own,” said Lundquist. “But, we expect to be operational as quickly as permits and licenses can be obtained.  We look forward to providing the same high level of service and capability as is currently being offered by our Hopland facility.”

 

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:

From a 120,000-square-foot facility in Hopland, and a 67,000-square-foot facility in Healdsburg, Calif., Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services is proudly committed to providing pristine facilities where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape to bottle or base to bottle wine production services, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel tank storage and fermentation vessels ranging from 500 to 100,000 gallons. An exceptional winemaking team produces more than one million cases of still and sparkling wine each year. Rack & Riddle also offers a shiners program for those looking to add sparkling wine to their portfolio. Rack & Riddle is a California Certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic ® Certified winery. For more information, please visit www.rackandriddle.com.


Memorial Event to Honor Winemaker Raphaël Brisbois
14 October, 2013

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., October 14, 2013 – Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services today announced it will host a celebration of the life and work of acclaimed winemaker Raphaël Brisbois on Saturday, October 26 at 3 p.m. at the Alexander Valley Hall in Geyserville. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Brisbois passed away from cancer on August 22, 2013.

Brisbois, a native of France, was a highly-regarded winemaker not only in Sonoma County, but across four continents. He was especially well known for 35-plus years’ expertise crafting premier sparkling wines. Brisbois brought passion, wit and joie de vivre to each project he touched. Through happy memories and great wines, his legacy will not be forgotten.

For friends or family wishing to attend, please bring a special bottle of wine to share. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Attendance requires reservation by October 18 to Monica Smith at Rack & Riddle: 707-744-8100 or monica@rackandriddle.com.

Event Details

Location:
Alexander Valley Hall
5512 Highway 128 Geyserville, CA

Time:
3 p.m.

RSVP:
By October 18th Monica
707-744-8100
monica@rackandriddle.com

 

ABOUT RACK & RIDDLE CUSTOM WINE SERVICES:

From a 120,000-square-foot facility in Hopland, Calif., Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services is proudly committed to providing a pristine facility where winemakers craft both still and sparkling wines. Rack & Riddle offers complete grape to bottle or base to bottle wine production services, and houses nearly 2 million gallons of stainless steel tank storage and fermentation vessels ranging from 500 to 100,000 gallons. An exceptional winemaking team produces more than 500,000 cases of still and sparkling wine each year. Rack & Riddle also offers a shiners program for those looking to add sparkling wine to their portfolio. Rack & Riddle is a California Certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic ® Certified winery. For more information, please visit www.rackandriddle.com.

SOURCE: Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

Press release contact:

Elizabeth Nixon
Business Development Associate
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

707-744-8100
elizabeth@rackandriddle.com


Rebecca Faust Wins ‘Women in Business’ Award
25 June, 2013

Women in Business 2013: Rebecca Faust, Rack & Riddle Wine Services

Winners of the North Bay Business Journal’s ‘Women in Business’ awards were chosen from nearly 50 nominees. Factors included leadership in the organization, business-related innovations, vision and community involvement.

Tell us about yourself and your company: I am very shy, but can get comfortable following an introduction. I run from spotlights, speeches and most meetings held for little or no purpose. I would much rather stick to a focused agenda each day that allows for accomplishment and progress. I love my children and take great pride in their success.

Rack & Riddle has been a labor of love and seven-day work weeks. It has evolved from a simple beginning and a few clients to a very complex business with more than 150 clients. That is strategically challenging. We have an amazing group of employees and the effort they put in their jobs and the work they do on behalf of our clients leaves me humbled.

We are lucky to have them all. I don’t know what the days ahead will bring, but the journey so far at Rack & Riddle has been filled with many twists and turns, a few surprises and tears and a great many moments of pride. I have been very lucky.

What is a major accomplishment in the past year or so?: Launching a new sparkling wine brand, Breathless Wines, with my sisters, in memory of our mother.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: The establishment of Rack & Riddle, and finding my children still wanting me to be a big part of their lives.

Rebecca Faust

What is your biggest challenge today?: The need for capital to continue to expand the business. Getting a loan when you’re not wealthy, despite the success of Rack & Riddle, is difficult.  

Words that best describe you: Shy, fair and I have a big heart for anything involving my children, my sisters or any of their children. I very much love them all.

As a successful female professional, what were the biggest obstacles you faced and how did you overcome them?: That my entrepreneurial spirit was somehow less important. I never stopped dreaming about having my own business though. Launching a wine business, especially one dealing in service that lacks the glamour of its own brand, and succeeding during a period a time when so many businesses failed was proof about dreams and daring to try.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: The need for more innovation in reaching consumers must be a major driver for those in the wine business. Spirits and beer are always trying to find a pitch to reach consumers. Wine as a beverage waits to be discovered. It’s the wrong approach.

What advice would you give to a young woman entering your profession or the work world today?: Find passion, work hard, be fair in your judgement of others.

Who was your most important mentor?: My mother, Martha Faust. She was in business before most women knew what business meant. She worked hard to raise three daughters and to make them believe they could succeed. She gave us all a strong work ethic and a determination to succeed.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Jon Dal Poggetto

Current reading: Ownership Thinking by Brad Hams

Most want to meet: Buster Posey

Stress relievers: Planning trips and then visiting my daughter in Ireland

Favorite hobbies: Soccer, running and watching my son play baseball

 

To learn more about Rack & Riddle's Custom Wine Services, please visit: http://www.rackandriddle.com/ or call 707-744-8100.


Rack and Riddle-- Sparkling Shiners
28 February, 2011

Sparkling Shiners

Rack & Riddle is currently in the process of disgorging its current vintage of Methode Champenoise sparkling shiners. Our sparkling wine is a great opportunity for your tasting room, wine club or upcoming holiday events! Private labeling with your winery label and information is just a phone call away.  For current production and pricing, contact Mark Garaventa VP of Business Development at mark@rackandriddle.com.

We're happy to share a few of our success stories when you call or email us.

 

 

COMING SOON

" As an Owner and a Winemaker, having a place to make your wine that you trust is a primary goal. Rack & Riddle has a professional and skilled team that has been in the wine business for many years. It is a team that I trust will do the job not only well, but also with respect to the individual needs of the client. I am a small 10 ton client. Rack & Riddle has a mix of large and small, equipment that is appropriate and the flexibility to work with a variety of clients. I always feel that my wine is just as important as the larger clients, which is exhibited by the updates I receive on a regular basis and the treatment I receive when talking with the team. This is such a great operation, that I joined the team! "
- Owner, Coral Mustang Wines
" "Sparkling wine has become an integral component of the entire tasting experience at Cast. Each guest is greeted with our bubbly Blanc de Noirs as we toast their arrival and set the stage for a warm hospitality experience. That would have been enough of a reason to offer this great wine, but the fact is that it is so good we just keep selling out every year. We couldn't do it without Rack & Riddle. Their entire team is so skilled, their service approach makes us feel like we are their only concern, and Penny Gadd-Coster's skill in the winery is unmatched. "
- Jack & Ann Seifrick, Cast Wines
" "Working with Rack & Riddle has been an absolute pleasure. They are extremely knowledgeable and provide outstanding customer service, which affords us the opportunity to provide a superior product at a very reasonable price point.” "
- Amy Kemp, Loma Prieta Winery
Title Name Email Phone
VP Business Development Mark Garaventa mark@rackandriddle.com 707-433-8400
Business Development Manager Cynthia Faust cynthia@rackandriddle.com 707-433-8400
Business Development Associate Monica Smith monica@rackandriddle.com 707-433-8400
Media Relations Specialist Elizabeth Nixon elizabeth@rackandriddle.com 707-433-8400
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