Lazarre Vineyard, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Adam Hersly knows the adage there’s no rest for the weary all too well. He has two full time jobs: one as the winemaker at Hersly Wines and the other in product operations at Google. His wife Stacy Soberalski Hersly works with him as the winery’s general manager and they are both assisted by Mae, the official winery dog.
Adam told 672 Napa Wine Club he has “…always had a love for food and wine in his heart” and decided to do something about it. At the urging of his mentor Joe Phelps, he pursued a Certificate of Winemaking through the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and studied under some of the finest winemakers in California during internships at August West/Sandler and Joseph Phelps Vineyards. He and his wife Stacy decided to move from New York City to Napa in 2012, the year they produced their first vintage, one barrel each of Russian River Pinot Noir and Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon. Today they craft their Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the 2-acre Lazare Family Vineyard, a Russian River Pinot Noir from the Lancel Creek Vineyard, and a Merlot from Calistoga named “Sweet 100 Vineyards.” They playfully named their Mae rosé after their dog.
Most of Hersley’s wines are sold direct to consumer via referrals and word of mouth. They can also be found in a handful of Napa and New York City restaurants. Visitors to Napa can taste Hersly’s wines at The Studio At Feast It Forward wine collective or schedule a private tasting online at www.herslywines.com/tastings.