New and exclusive: Tamber Bey wines
Bill Belkin, category manager of Wines & Spirits, introduces
a new-to-Minnesota collection of wines from Tamber Bey winery.
Bey wines are available now at our Wines & Spirits locations!
Owned by husband and wife team Barry and Jennifer Waitte (a
Minnesota native!), Tamber Bey winery is like nothing else in Napa Valley. The
winery is located at the Sundance Ranch in Calistoga, a world-class, 22-acre
equestrian facility that is dedicated to training top performance horses. The
winery was built in 2013 by remodeling a 15,000-square-foot covered riding
arena into a state-of-the-art winemaking facility.
Two 5,000-square-foot barrel rooms are maintained at
different climate zones for optimal ageing. The tasting room is located in the
original barn clubhouse, which was designed by renowned Napa Valley Architect
Howard Backen. The 16-stall barn surrounds the courtyard, where guests can
taste wine and mingle with the horses. The Sundance Ranch is also home to the
Waittes’ Arabian endurance race horses. These horses compete in races covering
50 to 100 miles and are ridden by Waitte and his wife Jennifer, who is the
trainer of these wonderful horses.
Barry Waitte founded Tamber Bey Vineyards in 1999. He
originally named the vineyard Two Rivers Vineyard as a tribute to the “two
personalities of the Napa River,” which borders the vineyard. The early
vintages of Tamber Bey wine bear this vineyard designation. Waitte later
changed the name to the Deux Chevaux Vineyard to pay homage to Tamber Bey’s
namesake, his first two Arabian horses, Tamborina and Bayamo. “Deux Chevaux” is
French for “two horses.”
Today, Tamber Bey’s portfolio of wines are made by world-class
French winemaker Frederic Delivert, and Thomas River Brown, from Waitte’s
estate-grown fruit and from grapes carefully sourced from select vineyards in
Napa and Sonoma.
A very limited amount of Tamber Bey wines are available in
Minnesota – so run, don’t walk, to your nearest Lunds & Byerlys Wines
& Spirits location. You don’t want to miss them!