Emerald Hare is a Calistoga, Napa Valley based winery founded by husband and wife, Scott and Michelle Carey. Scott is a certified sommelier and Michelle (a Georgia native) is a professionally-trained chef in farm-to-table French culinary arts.
The name, Emerald Hare, was inspired at cocktail hour in Calistoga when Scott and Michelle observed hares roaming and snacking in their neighbor's organic vegetable garden – the Forni Brown Welsh Gardens. From the late 1970s until 2018, these historic gardens supplied produce to some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the Napa Valley (e.g. Thomas Keller / The French Laundry, etc). Emerald represents the color of life and growth that exists in the vineyards displayed by the vines, mountains and trees – particularly vibrant each Spring after the valley’s rainy season.
Scott and Michelle’s close friend and founding Emerald Hare winemaker, Sandy Robertson, was winemaker at the prestigious Sonoma winery, Merry Edwards, from 2007–2014. Sandy also collaborated with Dan Goldfield to produce premium award-winning wines for The Calling brand. The trio strives to produce world class, delicious, food friendly and distinctly California wines that express both power and finesse.
Famous American artist, Steve Penley, painted the label for the brand.