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by Fred McMillin
Winery of the Week
Whitehall Stands Tall
The Rest of the Story
Entrepreneur Tom Leonardini, owner of the Napa Valley Wine Exchange and a San Francisco businessman, immediately set about upgrading his new purchase. He couldn't upgrade the land, since the vineyard was in the coveted heart of the Napa Valley. So, the first thing he did was hire a winemaker with an impressive pedigree...viticulture and winemaking in college...then working with the legendary Mike Grgich...then winemaker at one of Napa's best, the Grace Family Vineyards. Gary Galleron's first vintage was 1993. He soon was garnering "90" ratings in the press. Here's what James Laube says in California Wine about the subsequent vintages:
Just The Facts
Whitehall Lane Winery
There's no mystery about the origin of the winery's name, since the facility is located at the intersection of Highway 29 and Whitehall Lane. More suprising is the fact that a nearby road has the same name as the winemaker...Galleron. But there's a good reason: Gary grew up playing there because the road is named after the Galleron family.
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