Charles Usher Wines is a family owned boutique winery offering handcrafted small-lot wines. We are located along the Saratoga wine trail, 3.5 miles from the Saratoga village. Our wines are produced on site from Estate and locally grown Santa Cruz Mountain grapes, and from renown grape growing regions in California. The wines are aged in French and American oak barrels.
We produce the following varietals: Arinto, Barbera Dry, Barbera Sweet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Nouveau, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Orange Muscat Dry, Orange Muscat Sweet, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Zinfandel
Our wines have received several awards:
2008 Petite Verdot - Gold Medal 2010 Orange County Wine Competition
2010 Cabernet Nouveau - Gold Medal 2011 Orange County Wine Competition
2010 Barbera - Bronze Medal 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2011 Chardonnay Silver Medal 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
We named our winery Charles Usher, in memory of my father Charles Zemenick, who was a devoted fan of delicious red wines. As a young boy I have memories of him coming home from work and announcing to the family that we should change the family name to something easier to spell, easier to pronounce, and easier to remember. He seized upon the name Usher, like a theater usher. We never changed the family name, but my father would use Charles Usher for restaurant reservations and the like. As a tribute to the memory of my father, my wife, Kathleen and I created a winery and named it “Charles Usher”. Over the years, my father’s passion for delicious red wine had created the same passion in me. I have become a devout and passionate wine maker. Without his influence there would be no winery. Cheers to you, Dad!
Our mission is simple: To produce high quality full bodied wines with soft, smooth tannins at an attractive price. We are committed to making great wines that bring people together to enjoy life with their family and friends.
Custom wine labels are available as an option for private and corporate events, employee and/or customer appreciation, holiday parties and gifts, weddings, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, birth announcements, Realtor to client gifts that include a picture of their new home with a congratulatory message.
Much of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We welcome the opportunity to have you taste our wines. Wine tastings are by appointment only and led by the Winemaker. The wine tasting experience is 2 hours. You will taste 5 of our premium wines plus 2 barrel tastings. To enhance your wine tasting experience we include an Artisan cheese and charcuterie platter accompanied with gourmet breads and crackers. Weather permitting the winemaker invites you to take a stroll in the vineyard to learn about surprising aspects of vineyard management followed by a visit to wine cellars for some barrel tastings. The wine tasting fee has a 6 person minimum charge. A 48 hour advance reservation is needed. Call us for current pricing at (408) 740-5325 or (888) 373-4618.
Our online store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse and purchase our wines. We offer a 10% discount for a six bottle purchase, a 15% discount for a one case purchase and a 20% discount for on two case purchases. Your wine selection can be mixed varietals. Wine tasting groups benefit from a cumulative discount. Wine club members automatically receive a 20 discount on future purchases. Note that our wines can also be found at local wine bars.
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