The Hunt for Don Baumhefner and his Elusive Chateau Beaux Hauts Bubbly

After my interview experience with Esther Mobley, the San Francisco Chronicle wine expert, I think her clearly informed passion for both digging out and writing up the uniquely personal stories behind each wine, would leave anyone thirsting for more. This article about my sparkling winemaking adventures first hit the news stands on Christmas Day, 2016, and now, The Press, SF Chronicle’s new California wine country guide, has just chosen to include it in their first edition, as “one of the most compelling stories they have told this year.”  — Don Baumhefner

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Michael Broadbent Video

I released the 1992 En Tirage in 2011, after 18 years of aging. In 2012, the wine importer and distributor, Bartholomew Broadbent, tasted this wine and really appreciated what it was all about. Then on his next trip to England, he took along a bottle for his father, the legendary Michael Broadbent (and my favorite wine writer), to taste. And that’s where he captured the moment with this video, which originally spanned 16 minutes of Michael’s focused half hour evaluation. I couldn’t have felt more honored and grateful.  — Don Baumhefner

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