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Featured Interview with Stephanie Douglas, Founder and Brand Director at Aratas (pronounced Era-toss)

July 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Featured Interview with Stephanie Douglas, Founder and Brand Director at Aratas (pronounced Era-toss)

Featured Interview with Stephanie Douglas, Founder and Brand Director at AratasA premium collage of old world artisan oenology and new world viticulture, “Aratas” (pronounced Era-toss), is the Napa Valley’s producer committed to the cultivation of single vineyard designate Petite Sirah. A noble vitis vinifera born from Syrah and Peloursin, Petite is hearty with history (circa 1884) and perseverance. One of the founding noble Fathers in California’s wine history, American Heritage Petite Sirah laid the foundation for what is known today as the most revered viticulture area in America, the Napa Valley.

The brand is a partnership founded on decades of experience in our country’s food and wine culture. Co- Proprietors, brothers John and Mickey Chohany, launched their first of many notable culinary endeavors; Second Street Restaurant an American Bistro in 1985 in the historic hamlet of Williamsburg,Virginia . Twenty five years later, led by Vintner Stephanie Douglas the partners founded Aratas Wine and created the perfect pairing to complete their culinary vision.

Aratas, by definition; a “harvest of gold” is named to honor the Chohany’s Hungarian heritage. For several years, the partners produced a single Petite Sirah crafted and bottled by hand with fruit from a small vineyard in the Oak Knoll district AVA, the goal simply to make enough wine for personal enjoyment. In 2008 an unexpected and tragic turn of events presented them the opportunity to take their craft in a resolute direction. In February of 2011, they released the sought after premier vintage of Aratas Wine. The team is very selective and is devoted to producing exceptional vineyard designate wines uniting sustainable practices with state of the art vinification processes.

About Stephanie

Founder and Brand Director, Stephanie Douglas is the creative partner and passionate force behind Aratas Wine. From a bay area family with early ties to California’s wine export and distribution business, her roots are firmly planted in the Napa Valley. Married to co-founder and east coast restaurateur John Chohany, she spreads her time between the coasts of California and Virginia where she serves on the board of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation. Today she is a renaissance leader in California as Napa Valley’s only producer solely dedicated to the American Heritage Varietal, Petite Sirah.



July 19, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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