Anne Vawter and Jim Striegel began their partnership with the common goal of making balanced, complex, delicious and accessible Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in the challenging economic environment of the late 2000’s. Jim believed in Anne’s ability to make beautiful wines that would attract a following and Anne believed in Jim’s ability to promote the brand and introduce it to so many loyal followers and wine club members. With their complimentary skill sets, they joined together and established Red Mare Wines.
An avid horse woman, Anne named her wine label in honor of her red mare, Paradigm, who was a bonus given to her during her time at Paradigm Winery. The inaugural release of Red Mare Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2007 vintage, sold out in just two months. In addition to her Cabernet Sauvignon, Anne also produces a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and added a Sonoma Chardonnay in the 2011 vintage.
Red Mare Wines sources fruit meticulously from very small, well-respected vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, from a cool enclave of the Carneros to a hill top in Coombsville, and northward on the Valley floor in Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena. Our 2011 Chardonnay hails from a choice location in the famed Russian River Valley of Sonoma. We look for vineyards with unique qualities and distinctive character that will come together in the blending process to produce layered and beautifully balanced wines.
About Our Artwork
Karen McKendry Minton is Anne's sister and a talented artist. Karen worked closely with Anne to draw our iconic red mare. She designed the label and continues to be integral in the process of branding our winery. Learn more about Karen and her art at karenminton.com.
Equine Photography: Anne was extremely fortunate to work with celebrated SF based photographer Peter Samuels in creating the look and feel of our website and our classic Alpha Mare label. Peter shot Anne’s horse Paradigm in all her beautiful poses during a session at Blossom Creek Farm in 2011.