Contra Costa County Emerging Wine Industry Rivals Napa

on 25/10/10 at 4:57 pm


Bigger isn’t necessarily better in Contra Costa County when it comes to winemaking. With most growers in Walnut Creek and Lamorinda producing fewer than 1,000 cases, boutique craftsmanship equals — and some say trumps — what Napa can produce.

Tim Jochner runs Shadowbrook Winery’s production and tasting parties out of a home off Walnut Creek’s North Gate Road. If he wants to see if his grapes are getting enough shade, he just needs to glance over his shoulder from his driveway at the vineyard compactly planted on five acres.

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