Maria and John Hamel!

07/20/2015- in Family

Wishing Maria and John Hamel years upon years of happiness after their wedding this past weekend!

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06/16/2015- in Badger

The film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is an HFW favorite. As those of you who have seen it will remember, a couple of kids at Ferris’ high school (and, much to her chagrin, Ferris’ younger sister’s school as well) start a campaign to “Save Ferris”. The photos below may help jog your collective memories….  …

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“All I Have to do Is Dream. Dream. Dream. Dream”

05/12/2015- in Food & Wine, Winery
Dream Team

Was it all just a wonderful Hamel Family Wines dream that took place on the last Saturday night in April at HFW? No, in fact it was actually a food lovers’ Dream Team creating one dreamy meal! Never before assembled in one kitchen on the same night, six James Beard Award winning chefs generously donated…

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“It’s Friday Night and I Ain’t Got Nobody…”

05/01/2015- in Badger
American Badger 2 (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

With apologies to singer Cat Stevens, if you’re looking to find something inspiring to do tonight—Friday Night–boy do we have the event for you! Thanks to our good friend Virginie Boone, we’ve been turned on to what we believe to be the educational experience of the year on a topic that is near and dear…

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The Curated Wine-Tasting Experience by Inside Out


In February, a group of 35 top Coldwell Banker Previews International® Property Specialists—who represent over $3 billion in luxury home sales—attended a VIP dinner in the private wine caves of Hamel Family Wines in the heart of Sonoma Valley. The special event was curated by the Hamel family and team—twenty-somethings George F. Hamel III (also known…

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“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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