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AUGUST 23, 2019

The Tasting Panel CoverAlex Guarachi, Founder and CEO of Guarachi Wine Partners and Guarachi Family Wines shares his story of struggle and success in the latest issue of The Tasting Panel. Guarachi goes into intimate details of his early days in the wine business and pioneering the introduction of wines from South America to the US. We learn about the fulfillment of his dreams from Chile to California and how he found his winery's new home in Napa Valley.

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Mastering Napa’s Mountain Appellations

MAY 30, 2017


In 2014, Guarachi Family Wines bought Meadowrock, a 60-acre site near ­Antinori’s Antica, which extends from 1,400 to 1,760 feet above sea level. Thirty acres of it are planted to a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, in soils derived from volcanic rhyolite and andesite.


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Guarachi Family Wines in The Tasting Panel

JANUARY 31, 2017


2014 Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Pinot Noir was featured in The Tasting Panel in an article recommending the “Best of the Petaluma Gap!”  Writer Meg Houston Maker describes it as “an elegantly balanced mélange of sweet berries, sundried tomatoes and potpourri.”

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Guarachi Family Wines in Wine Enthusiast

OCTOBER 5, 2016


Virginie Boone from Wine Enthusiast recommended the 2014 Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Pinot Noir (94 pts) as one of Five Petaluma Wines to Try in her article, “Petaluma Gap, Ripe for a New AVA?”  The article talks about the Petaluma Gap, which has a pronounced fog, afternoon winds and ample sunlight, which create grapes with thicker skins, higher acidity and powerful flavors.  Virginie describes the Sun Chase Pinot as “floral and spicy that remains elegant on the palate.”

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Wine Enthusiast Top Shelf: Guarachi Family Wines and Montes

MAY 13, 2015

Wine Enthusiast featured the 2013 Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Pinot Noir in their “Top Shelf” email blast.  The wine, which was recently named “Editors’ Choice” and scored 94 points, is described as “a beautifully floral mix of rose petal and violet followed intricately by juicy, subtle red fruit and buoyant acidity.”  In addition, Wine Enthusiast gave Montes Alpha Carmenere 2012 a score of 91 points.

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Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Pinot Noir 2013

MARCH 4, 2015

Shanken News Daily, Wine Business.com and Wine Industry Advisor featured the news of Guarachi Family Wines’ release of the Sun Chase Pinot Noir 2013.  This is Guarachi Family Wines’ first single vineyard bottling from the Sun Chase estate, and illustrates why it is considered one of the most sought after vineyards in Sonoma County.

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Alex Guarachi and Guarachi Family Wines have been fortunate enough to receive such tremendous and considerable reviews by these notable members of the wine industry.  We would like to share these with you below. . .


"A stunning effort from Beckstoffer's famously gravelly site, this is a 100% varietal wine from one clone, made in a tiny amount. Exquisite aromas of blackberry and leather surround a velvety texture and spiky acidity, the tannins integrated and lengthy, with room to grow over time. Powerfully full bodied, this is a classic representation of the valley in expansive celebration of a ridiculously good vintage. Drink now through 2023."

     - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2016


"Plenty of subtle tile, dust and black currant character.  Full body, silky tannins and a savory finish.  Layered and gorgeous."

     - James Suckling, January 2016


"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Single Vineyard is delicious wine with beautiful cedar wood, crème de cassis, blackberry, licorice, and a touch of camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, powerful (15% natural alcohol), with a multilayered mouthfeel and skyscraper-like structure and intensity. This is a beauty, and a top, top wine of the vintage. Drink it over the next 25 to 30 years."

     - Robert Parker, Dec 2015


Impressive for its richness, depth and layers...”

     - James Laube, Wine Spectator


“...Guarachi, a new winery in Sonoma which makes a notably complex and layered Pinot”

     – James Laube, Wine Spectator


A rich, complex, agreeable Pinot from this increasingly well-regarded vineyard... This is easily Guarachi’s best Pinot ever”
     – San Jose Mercury News on Gap’s Crown Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011


There’s a vibrancy to the Pinots and a laser-­like sharpness to their fruit, bright red cherry, sprinkled with complex layers of exotic spice and herb...”

     Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast listing Guarachi Family Wines Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir in her roundup of 13 Great Pinot Noir's