Winery Spotlight: Shafer Vineyards

Brian, Jay, Doug Shafer, President of Shafer Vineyards, and Leigh.

Today we interview Doug Shafer, the President of one of California’s premier wineries: Shafer Vineyards. We discuss Doug ‘s journey and transition from wine maker to President and some of the things that make their vineyards such a consistent producer of quality wines. Click here to learn more about Shafer Vineyards.

Doug and his wife Annette are also highly involved in charitable causes. Doug talks about Festa Primavera which benefits local education. There are going to be some incredible auction items so make sure you check it out.

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12 Responses to “Winery Spotlight: Shafer Vineyards”

  1. 1 Steve Talley Mar 28th, 2005 at 9:52 am

    This was a great interview. Doug Shafer seems to be having a great time running the winery, I have tried several of their wines (Chard, Cab and Merlot) before but have not spent the big bucks on the Hillside Reserve wine. I think its time to give it a try. Thanks for show, please keep them coming. Steve T.

  2. 2 Jay Selman Mar 28th, 2005 at 10:12 am

    Thanks Steve. I think its real cool about the “winemaker” now running the company. Shafer is one of the most consistent wineries in Napa IMHO. I love their regular bottles just as much as the reserves. The Firebreak rocks! So does the merlot. The Syrah is getting up there in price, but oh my, what a crowd pleaser. The Hillside Reserve, from my cold dying hands…. 🙂

    We have a lot of really kick butt shows coming up, I can’t wait!


  3. 3 Jamie Kutch Mar 28th, 2005 at 5:12 pm

    I was fortunate enough to share dinner with Doug and drink a vertical of 1990-2001 Shafer HillSide Select a few weeks ago in NYC and would like to say – Doug was one of the kindest, most sincere people I have had the honor to meet in the wine trade. His love for wine and for Shafer was evident in every vintage we opened. Salute to Doug – and thanks for the wonderful interview.

    Between Brian Loring and now Doug Shafer, you certainly are going after the cream of the crop (grapes) (individuals).

    Drink well,

    Jamie Kutch

  4. 4 Antonio Apr 3rd, 2005 at 7:24 am

    Again, another great show.

    One suggestion, if I may. Could you please make consistent ID3 tags for you MP# files? I’m having a devil of a time getting your shows to sort correctly in my iPod and in creating smart playlists for iTunes. This is a bit of a pain, as I like to listen to your shows in date order, but many of the tags are not consistent, seeming to change with every show.

    Thanks again,

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