Craig and Karen Senders
It all began over twenty years ago on a flight from Sacramento to Denver, when an aspiring young surgeon asked the flight attendant with a Texan drawl for more than a glass of wine. Twenty years of marriage, two wonderful children and the love of pairing great wine with food led to the birth of Senders Wines.
Senders Wines produces premium wines from Napa and Sonoma. Our philosophy is simple: produce flavorful balanced wines that are delicious upon release and age gracefully. Simply stated, intense yet balanced.
During the harvest season, we meticulously taste and handpick our grapes when they reach the desired maturity. The wines reflect the terrior of California with special effort made to pick the fruit when the flavor is robust but not overripe. This creates a wine that balances fruit, acid and tannins without an overabundance of alcohol. Senders Wines make an impressive debut upon release and age to a smooth complexity of layering flavors.
Senders Wines is produced at a small custom crush facility in southern Napa Valley. The winemaker and owner, Craig Senders, has a long standing relationship with many growers in Napa and Sonoma. Over the years he has found select vineyards which produce premium grapes with intense flavors.
Our grapes are handpicked into ½ ton bins. They are gently destemmed and crushed into small fermentation bins. Rather than pumping over, the cap is punched down several times daily. This intensifies the fruit flavors and decreases the harsh tannins. After fermentation the wine is pressed into small French oak barrels for completion of secondary fermentation. The wines are carefully watched while they barrel age allowing the flavors from the fruit, tannin, oak and acid to blend together and develop additional complexity. We typically bottle the Pinot Noir after 10-11 months in the barrel and the Cabernet Sauvignon after 22-23 months of barrel aging.
Senders Wines is a family business involving Craig Senders the winemaker, Karen Senders the marketing director and occasionally the help of our two children, Julia and Parker. Fortunately, our son, Parker, has always given Senders Wines great ratings!
Winemaker Craig Senders is a professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of California, Davis where he specializes in treating facial birth defects like cleft lip and cleft palate.
He has served as the director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at the University of California, Davis for over 25 years and was also the director of the residency training program in Otolaryngology for 15 years. Senders Wines is committed to helping children with facial birth defects.
Telephone: 530-753-8376 Fax: 530-756-8705