Gone Sbragia Gone

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By Courtney Cochran


After 32 years helming winemaking duties for Beringer – during which the winery was twice recognized for producing Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year – Ed Sbragia has left the famed property to focus on his own wine project, Sbragia Family Vineyards in Healdsburg. The respected winemaker called his departure “bittersweet,” but says the brand will be in good hands going forward under the stewardship of his longtime assistant Laurie Hook, known for her exacting standards and rigorous quality control.

Sbragia’s role in raising the profile of the historic property cannot be underestimated. After decades of producing mostly bland, unforgettable wine following Prohibition, the languishing property began a turnaround in the 1970s under the ownership of the family behind the NestlĂ© brand. Sbragia came on board as part of this turnaround and in short order was producing award-winning wines that reaffirmed Beringer’s reputation and propelled the property back into the purview of the international cognoscenti.



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