CALISTOGA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2018 — Napa Valley’s Frank Family Vineyards has been awarded “Winery of the Year” for a second time by Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine in the publication’s “Best of 2017” January issue. The periodical, published by Charles Olken and Stephen Eliot, has been reviewing wine since 1974 and reviews thousands of wines each year. The Connoisseurs’ Guide selected Frank Family Vineyards based on its resounding, across-the-board success in 2017, saying, “Of the twenty-two Frank Family wines reviewed this past year, each received starred recommendation with three earning three-star status and thirteen garnering two-star. More remarkable yet, the collection of wines covered the varietal spectrum from Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah and, for good measure, included a brace of beautifully crafted sparklers as well.” Adds publisher Olken, “The consistent quality manifest in so many different bottlings is an achievement rarely equaled, and one that makes our choice for this year’s Winery of the Year award remarkably easy.” The publication is available by subscription at

“It’s a huge honor to receive this award as we embark on our 25th anniversary celebrations this year. We’ve spent the last few decades buying and cultivating the best vineyard land possible from Carneros to Rutherford. However, our success would not be been possible without our winemaker and general manager, Todd Graff, who makes all of these varietals with a balance and consistency across the board. It is great to see his talent recognized,” says winery proprietor Rich Frank.

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