Life is all about relationships; not only with one another but also with how one moment or decision influences the next. These are the values in which Correlation Wine Company, the newest chapter within the Steffens Family portfolio, was founded.
For many years, we have proudly showcased the beauty of Spring Mountain with Vineyard 7 & 8, and now Correlation Wine Company is a whole new opportunity, expression and voice to look outside of our Estate, to find the “Correlations” through relationships, experiences, varietals and locations.
Ever since arriving in the Napa Valley for the first time in 1999, I’ve been blessed to have had many invaluable experiences, met and learned from amazing people, and been ingrained with the understanding of the importance of relationships. I have had the privilege of working for Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, and then four harvests under the direction and of Bob Levy at Harlan and BOND Estates in Oakville, followed by my journey with Vineyard 7 & 8 where I’ve been blessed to have worked now with our founding Winemaker Luc Morlet and my longtime friend and mentor Martha McClellan. All of these awe-inspiring people and experiences not only have helped me learn and build Vineyard 7 & 8 for my family, but have given me the knowledge, appreciation, passion and humility that sparked the launch of Correlation Wine Company.
My life in food and wine has taught me incredible values. The importance of respecting not only where your product comes from, and who it was grown by, but the relationship with the grower, and the process in which to cultivate, harvest and produce the best dish for your guests and to craft the best bottle of wine to share with friends. It is these people, the ones I’ve cooked for, crafted wine for, worked with and for, and met along the way, that I have formed strong bonds proving how very important those relationships have and continue to be.
These relationships are all correlations in the process, all with greater connection with one another. It is those moments of connection that embody the values of Correlation Wine Company and the dedication in each bottle of wine we produce. We are rooted in relationships, and driven by a commitment to make them stronger.