Stuart Spencer
May 6, 2024 | Stuart Spencer

A Fresh Look

Each wine, each vintage, each up, each down is the story of our life. For over 50 years we’ve been on this journey they call wine. The journey has become our story…a story of hardship and success, a story of hard work and craft, a story of family, farming, and friends. These stories are who we are, what we do, and why we do it.  

Over the past two years, we’ve been reflecting on how best to tell our story.  How best to honor our past, my parents, and all those that have helped us along the way. And how best to show the intention, curiosity and craft that has become St. Amant.

To bring our stories to life, we took a holistic view of who we are, the wines we make, and why we do it. We stopped. Stepped back.  Took a break from just getting to the next day, to the next chore, and the next bottling.  We thought with intent about what we wanted to say.

Beginning with our 2022 wines, each vintage will feature an original piece of art that tells a story.  The 2022 vintage features a scraperboard illustration of my dad’s work boots by Irish artist Brian Gallagher. All the 2022 wines will feature my dad’s boots, and each subsequent vintage will have a new original piece of art that tells a story.  There’s more to come, but for now enjoy my dad’s boots, and our 2022 wines.

My dad’s fashion consisted of Levi’s 501 jeans, a shirt, and laced-up work boots. He grew up on a dairy farm in the Central Valley as the oldest of five children. Life was tough. He milked cows by hand, twice a day, every day. When I was a child, he worked two jobs, farming on the weekends. To spend time with him, we would bring lunch, play in the irrigation ditches, and spend the afternoon at the vineyard.
The mixed smell of sulfur dust, dirt and diesel was my dad. I can smell it now.  His boots were well worn. Not hipster boots, or branded boots. Just basic brown leather boots. He wore them to the holes in the bottoms were unbearable. His days were long and hard, and his boots showed it.  His boots led him down the road less traveled. It was his path, and our wines, and our life are better for it!


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Patrick Frank
@ May 7, 2024 at 4:58 PM
Fab. The picture reminds me of Martin Heidegger's essay "The origin of the work of art." There's a memorable passage in there about how worn boots can bring amazing messages. He was writing about the Vincent Van Gogh painting of work boots, but this wine label speaks as well.

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carol rowley
@ May 8, 2024 at 7:47 AM
Keep the stories flowing. Your Dad would be proud of you and your Mom is so happy that you are carrying on the family history. Great story which will build a great legacy for your family

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