"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”
I hope you are staying safe and as healthy as one can in such a unique time. We are all in a bit of a daze right now. I am however optimistic and lean towards the positive in most situations — and this one is no different. While this uncertain time brings anxiety and fear as to what could be, it also offers the opportunity to reset perspective. With the unexpected extra time this week, I’ve been sitting at my desk in contemplation about a few things and I’ve come to remember whats most important.
1. Health is Wealth - clearly we all know that, yet as we move at the pace we do, it’s easy to take good health for granted. There is a social sacrifice that is occuring right now so ultimately the virus doesn’t make its way to the more vulnerable population. People coming together to protect one another, this is a reminder of the American spirit.
That’s also why Dakota Shy has full health care coverage for all of its employees. Health insurance is something we offer to ensure that our team stays healthy – but also so that they understand that we are a family, and family takes care of one another no matter what the bottom line or cost could be.
2. Find happiness in simplicity - I had some really exciting travel booked this spring and summer and found myself ‘grinding’ through the day-to-day looking towards May and June with trips to San Sebastian and Lisbon followed by a work trip to Italy (on a cruise ship no less). Those are both canceled now.
My takeaway — I don’t need a trip to find things that make me happy. My dog resting his head on my bed in the morning letting me know he’d like to go outside when it’s convenient for me. That makes me happy.
Or one our winemaker's sons (Will, Charlie, or Tommy) who inherited a cool set of threads that no longer fit their ‘uncle Todd’ (I blame it on shrinking in the dryer, my waistline would argue otherwise) and you can see their spark of excitement and feeling cool because he’s got something from someone he looks up to. I remember being that kid and looking up to the cool guys - and today, at least for him, I’m one of those cool guys - and that makes me happy.
3. Time has a limit for us all - I want to make certain I use mine as wisely as I can. For me that means spirited conversations, deep lasting friendships, and being consciousness of giving more than I take.
Dakota Shy has always looked to you as an extension of our family. We care about the people and places that support us and allow for our way of life. We understand these are challenging times for everyone. Be safe, take care of your family and friends, and drink a little Dakota Shy.
Our craft is telling a story through our wines - but our business is selling wine. If now isn’t the right time for a purchase, we understand completely. There will be more offerings in the future. I encourage you to stay positive and celebrate the moments we had and the moments to come.
Todd Newman & The Dakota Shy Family
The region that put American wine on the map has a lot new going on. Forget mansion-size tasting rooms; there’s a crop of intimate places from small lot producers like Tom Garrett’s Dakota Shy and Favia Wines (from Screaming Eagle’s Andy Erick-son and his wife, Annie Favia). Casual dining is better than ever, with newcomers like Charter Oak, a shrine to open-fire cooking. Even Thomas Keller, fresh off renovating the French Laundry, is reportedly doing Mexican food in Yountville. And Calistoga Ranch is no longer the only place to stay in hot springs country: The five-room Francis House opened in August, and Four Seasons Resort & Residences arrives this summer.
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J.P. Morgan - The holidays are a fantastic occasion-and excuse-to enjoy a beautiful bottle of wine with those most important to us. Whether you're looking for bold enticing aromas of black cherry via a cabernet. or bright, complex citrus blossoms via a sauvignon blanc, Dakota Shy is perfect for these special moments. Ethan Morgan, Orange County Market Manager Irvine.
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DAKOTA SHY - Founder Todd Newman says he wanted his appointment-only St. Helena tasting room to be “a place where old souls and dreamers would share a bottle and good conversation.” The resulting space features Persian rugs, leather chairs, and a vintage typewriter so guests can type notes after sampling winemaker Tom Garrett’s stellar Cabs.
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DAKOTA SHY, #98
With only its second vintage, Dakota Shy bursts to the front of the pack of Napa’s Cabernet startups. Founders Todd Newman and Tom Garrett worked together at Revana Family Vineyard before launching their own winery. Garret has a steady hand with Cabernet; he’s made the wines at Detert Family Vineyards since 2000. This is a harmonious blend of mountain and valley-grown grapes. Napa Cabernet this good typical costs more. 800 cases made.
Flagship Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013/2014 vintage wows in this week’s Wine Spectator Insider...This is a report of wines that have most excited our editors in recent tastings.
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014
94 points | $95 | 800 cases made | Red
Showcases Cabernet in a harmonious, graceful pose. Though big and rich, this is deftly balanced and easy to approach, with tiers of spicy black licorice, red and dark berry, mocha, mineral, sage and floral notes. Shows depth and dimension overall. Drink now through 2032. —J.L.
Dakota Shy is one of the most exciting young projects I have tasted in some time. Getting something new started in Napa Valley is not at all easy considering the cost of fruit, intense competition and increasingly strict regulatory environment, all of which is a testament to what Todd Newman and Tom Garrett have achieved thus far. Newman acquired his love of Napa Valley working in restaurants, including the iconic, now-closed Martini House. Newman brings passion, work ethic and humility - a pretty good mix in my book - to Dakota Shy. Newman was selling wine out of the tasting room at Revana where he met Garrett. In 2008, Newman cobbled together his savings, bought some fruit and founded Dakota Shy. Garrett's family owns the famed Detert Vineyard, which old maps show lie within the boundaries of To-Kalon. Garrett honed his craft at a number of stops, including Turley (where he met Thomas Brown), Phelps, Mondavi and Revana. Today, Garrett makes the Detert wines, which, as Vinous readers know, are terriﬁc. General Manager Ryan Clark, whom I ﬁrst met at Kelly Fleming a few years back, rounds out the team. These new releases are impressive, to say the least. The Napa Valley Cabernet is joined by bottlings from the Moulds Vineyard in Oak Knoll and the Social Currency, which is a blend of fruit from two sites in Mt. Veeder and Saint Helena. A third as yet unnamed Cabernet from a site on Howell Mountain joins the range in 2014. Stylistically, the wines are what I would describe as contemporary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons that oﬀer a compelling interplay of richness and structure, with perhaps a slight leaning towards the more extroverted end of the spectrum. Imagine the Detert wines with a little more kick. Readers who have a chance won't want to miss these fabulous Cabernets.
It Always Tastes Better the Longer it Takes...
The biggest publication in the world of wine deemed us a Rising Star in California Cabernet. Considering the history and the company we were fortunate enough to be included with, I’d say that we are doing what we set out to do: create world class Cabernet Sauvignon in a world class wine region, the Napa Valley. I’m proud and grateful to be able to share this with you, the ones who bought in and believed before the Wine Spectator recognized us. While we are certainly grateful for their accolades, it is you who have been with us since the early days I’m most proud to share this with.
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