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Laura Carpenter Hawkes arrived in San Francisco in 1993 after growing up on the East Coast. She toyed with wine interests with trips to Sonoma, a tutelage in the Whole Foods wine department, helped launch the Liberty Cafe, then spent a year in Italy. Upon her return, she managed Solano Cellars in Berkeley and did a stint in Austin, Texas, working for Horizon Wines. Ultimately, she returned to Sonoma to make wine with family.
The winemaker is Jake Hawkes, who was born in Alexander Valley and started making Chardonnay in high school.
Wines are produced from sites in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, including the estate Stone Vineyard planted by the Hawkes family in 1972.
Tasting by appointment at Stone Vineyard in Healdsburg.