“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.”

04/22/2015- in Badger

Or so writes the famous playwright, Euripides. After receiving the handmade card below from his talented daughter Lillian on his April 8th birthday, Badger Clan Founding Wine Club member, Mike “large format” Knetter certainly agrees with the ancient Greek, at least when it comes to his daughters. Effectively using the two dimensional equivalent of origami,…

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We’re Talking Proud….HFW Badger Proud!

04/21/2015- in Badger

Martha McClellan, Hamel Family Wines’ Director of Winemaking, is an extraordinary woman. Still the only American woman to graduate from Geisenheim University in Germany with a degree in Oenology and Viticulture, Martha is one of the most talented and respected winemakers working today. For some of us regular folk, it might be enough to be…

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“He Who Hesitates is Lost”


For all of you bachelors hoping otherwise, you’re too late. Effective tomorrow (Saturday) at this time, HFW Wine Ambassador-extraordinaire Leslie Macias will officially be off “the market”. Leslie is marrying Jesse Garcia (himself an HFW 2014 harvest Intern), aka the luckiest man in Napa. As a wedding “bonus” the benevolent management at HFW has given…

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Groundhog Day Redux

04/01/2015- in Badger, Hamel Family Wines

Groundhog Day All Over Again: Sonoma’s Version of Punxsutawney Phil Makes Its Prediction   For those of you who entered your office “March Madness” pool this year, and selected the University of Wisconsin to run the table and leave Indianapolis with the championship, we found some fool proof evidence that you are correct in your…

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Telluride Fire Festival Fundrasing Winemaker Dinner

01/08/2015- in Telluride

Happy New Year! John and George Hamel will be traveling to Telluride next Wednesday to host a dinner at our beloved Cosmopolitan Restaurant alongside the divine dishes of Chef and Owner Chad Scothorn. The dinner will benefit The Telluride Fire Festival that will be holding amazing and innovative events throughout the weekend! Please click here…

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Happy Holidays

12/23/2014- in Badger
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Time sure flies by when you’re having fun! It has certainly been an action packed 2014 for us here at Hamel Family Wines, and we’re just now beginning to catch our collective breath and think about the holidays. We have much to be thankful for here at HFW.  Earlier this month, we started what we…

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Happy Birthday John!!!

12/19/2014- in Family

Happy birthday to our cherished family member and Winemaker John Hamel–it hardly seems like a day has passed since you used to steal our golden retriever’s dog food to eat it!

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HFW Badger Clan Wine Club Members

12/04/2014- in Wine Club Members

     Kim and Jeff B. (far right) never leave home without at least one bottle of our wine. The attached picture was taken after witnessing our beloved University of Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team win last week’s Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas. And they attended with their best friends (and also HFW Badger…

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Hamel Family Wines making a mark on Sonoma

11/19/2014- in Press

The new kid on the block, Hamel Family Wines, is the talk of Sonoma Valley. The Sonoma winery opened in June and continues to be a curiosity. The construction on Highway 12 near Madrone Road practically obscures the winery’s entrance, and it’s hard for people to find. The upside is that once Caltrans completes the…

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Hamel Family – The hottest new wine family since the Mondavi’s

11/14/2014- in Press

Have you ever tried to dress casual chic only to find that it’s a lot more difficult than putting on a formal suit or dress? It may be because it’s hard to find just the right balance between comfortable and elegant, chic and unpretentious. Hamel Family Wines has perfected this art like no other winery…

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