I’ve been one of the lucky ones, able to live and work here in Northern California’s Napa Valley. Since 1994, I’ve worked in all areas of the wine industry --from the vineyard to the sales room--of several small wineries, learning the business from all angles. Finally, in 2011, with the encouragement of many, support from my husband and lots of help from my “Sistas of D’Vine,” we started picking grapes with the goal of making my own wine. My creative passion has found its home in winemaking. My inaugural release of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded a Double Gold among other medals, as has each vintage following, in both commercial and International competitions! I’m sure my parents, Tom and Peg Trotter from Philadelphia, had no idea that 1 of their 16 children would end up being a winemaker…just Trotter 1/16. I think I’m the favorite. ;-) Salud! Stephanie Trotter Zacharia ~ Trotter 1/16 Wines
The vineyards I've selected to harvest are small, privately owned, dry-farmed and, more often than not, organically farmed.
'11 & '12 Cabernet was sourced from David Fulton
Vineyards in Napa Valley's St. Helena District
'13 & '14 Cabernet was sourced from Oak Canyon Ranch
in Napa Valley's Coombsville District.
'15 Cabernets are harvested from three vineyards and
will be kept mostly vineyard designated, varietal
specific. Look for releases from Oak Canyon
Ranch, E & S Vineyards, and a blend of two
vineyards, called Sam's Pick, all from Napa
Valley's Coombsille & St. Helena Districts.
'13 Cabernet Sauvignon, CURRENT RELEASE:
DOUBLE GOLD! San Francisco International Wine Comp along with THREE MORE GOLD MEDALS: 2016 Women's International Wine Comp.
International Harvest Challenge 2016
American Fine Wine Invitational Competition 2017
and another precious medal from Dan Berger's International Comp (formerly Riverside Wine Comp)
'12 Cabernet Sauvignon: FIVE precious medals! GOLDS - Jan 2016 American Fine Wine (Invitational) Comp and Grand Harvest Awards, Nov 2015; SILVERS Women's Int'l Wine Comp. 2015, Sunset Magazine's International Wine Competition & San Francisco Int'l Wine Comp 2015
'11 Cabernet Sauvignon: DOUBLE GOLD! American Fine Wine Competition along with FOUR more precious medals, The San Francisco International Wine Comp., The Women’s International Wine Comp., The Grand Harvest Awards, and the Wine Channel TV Awards (presented by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine)