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Doc Gold

He is our local vet and he also happens to own one of the sweetest vineyards in St. Helena.

Dr. David Gold (we call him “Doc”) arrived in St. Helena in 1990 from South Africa. Pretty exotic, we thought. He was searching Napa Valley for a location for his veterinarian practice when he stumbled upon a 4-acre parcel on Main Street in St. Helena.

Turns out, the property has these rich, alluvial soils—and with the advice of his good friend, Jim Regusci, Doc decided it would be a great place to grow grapes. That’s right: 2.5 acres of clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon planted 101-14 rootstock—in Downtown St. Helena. Right next to the St. Helena Veterinary Hospital, with its classic red barn backdrop and roosters everywhere.

Situated along the valley floor between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains, Doc’s small vineyard avoids much of the fog and wind that affects other parts of Napa Valley and enjoys great warmth and sunlight. These vineyards sit in red volcanic and rocky loam soils that drain water similarly to a hillside vineyard. All of which makes for a big Cabernet Sauvignon fitting of the T-Vine label.

Town: St. Helena

Region: Napa Valley

Appellation: St. Helena

Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon