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The Juice

Welcome to the Bella blog, The Juice. We look forward to sharing behind-the scenes stories that are near and dear to our hearts. Enjoy! 


Lisa Priest
January 27, 2023 | Lisa Priest

What a year for top scores!

How it all Began

We can't believe all the incredible reviews we received in 2022! To celebrate, we're releasing the 94-point 2019 Rocks Edge zinfandel. Read on to hear about all our favorites!  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 27, 2023 at 10:15 AM Permalink to What a year for top scores! Permalink
Lisa Priest
October 4, 2022 | Lisa Priest

A hidden waterfall

How it all Began

Take a short trek into the wild land between Lily Hill and its neighbor, Barry Collier's property, and you will find the most extraordinary hidden treasure: a waterfall.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2022 at 11:52 AM Permalink to A hidden waterfall Permalink
Lisa Priest
March 28, 2022 | Lisa Priest

The Best Barrel: The Story of Barrel 32

The Best Barrel

Barrel 32 began with a single knock-your-socks-off barrel in 2008, and it has since inspired our barrel select program. Each year, the winemaking team goes through the wine caves, sampling each and every lot. By the time the wine has aged for 18 months, they will have tasted through over 300 barrels, multiple times.  Continue »

Time Posted: Mar 28, 2022 at 11:19 AM Permalink to The Best Barrel: The Story of Barrel 32 Permalink
Lisa Priest
February 8, 2022 | Lisa Priest

How it all began

How it all Began

Moving to wine country and purchasing a vineyard was a leap of faith and expression of love. From the beginning, Bella has been out big adventure! Read on to learn about our three original wines and their vineyards.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2022 at 8:16 AM Permalink to How it all began Permalink
Lisa Priest
January 6, 2022 | Lisa Priest

Diving into 2022 ...

How it all Began

We have so much to share with you in 2022! From tasting library wines in the candlelit caves or under one of the ancient olive trees to vineyard hikes and even sailing, read on to hear about all the fun things we have planned for you!  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 6, 2022 at 9:32 AM Permalink to Diving into 2022 ... Permalink
Lisa Priest
September 30, 2021 | Lisa Priest

The Story of The Sailor + The Cow

The Sailor + The Cow

With the release of our brand-new wine The Sailor + the Cow zinfandel, we want to share the incredible history behind the making of this tribute to Dry Creek Valley. Combining fruit from the land once owned by Captain Mervin and Maja Staehr with grapes farmed by the Rafanelli family, we celebrate the lives that came before us.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 30, 2021 at 9:42 AM Permalink to The Story of The Sailor + The Cow Permalink
Lisa Priest
September 13, 2021 | Lisa Priest

Meet the Musician: Sebastian Saint James

Meet the Musician: Sebastian Saint James

If you're looking for an uplifting story in the midst of a global pandemic, look no further. Bella is a special place for many, but perhaps none more than for Sebastian Saint James. Amidst the highs and lows of the past 18 months, Sebastian has been a regular at Bella, sharing good vibes and good tunes, making us all feel a little more hopeful. We needed Sebastian just as much as he needed us, and we are so grateful to share his special story.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2021 at 12:05 PM Permalink to Meet the Musician: Sebastian Saint James Permalink
Lisa Priest
August 9, 2021 | Lisa Priest

Rocks Edge Zinfandel: A Winemaker's Dream

Winemaker Ryan Schmaltz set out to create an age-worthy zinfandel from the Rockpile AVA.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 9, 2021 at 9:40 AM Permalink to Rocks Edge Zinfandel: A Winemaker's Dream Permalink