Frank Family Vineyards named “Best Tasting Room” and “Best Local Winemaker” in Napa Valley
(February 22, 2022; Calistoga, Calif.)—Rich and Leslie Frank, founders of Frank Family Vineyards, are proud to announce that Napa Valley Life Magazine has named Frank Family Vineyards the “Best Tasting Room” and Frank Family long-term Winemaker, Todd Graff “Best Local Winemaker” in the 2022 Best of Napa Valley Reader’s Choice Awards. Napa Valley Life Magazine is the premier lifestyle magazine dedicated to those living in and visiting the Napa Valley. This year, a record number of readers voted in the Best of Napa Valley Reader’s Choice Awards.
“Rich Frank has always emphasized that our visitor experiences must be on par with the great wines we produce, so it is very gratifying to receive both of these awards,” says Liam Gearity, who has led the tasting room team as Director of Hospitality at Frank Family Vineyards since 2017. “There are so many great wineries to visit in Napa, and these awards are a testament to our staff’s hard work and longevity with Frank Family.
Frank Family’s Historic Larkmead Winery and yellow craftsman tasting room have long been an attraction for locals and visitors alike. Located on the quiet, tree-lined Larkmead Lane in Calistoga, it is the only tasting room to have been awarded “Winery of the Year” twice by the Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine. For eight consecutive years, the tasting room won the reader’s choice for “Best Napa Winery” in the annual Bay Area A-List contest. With this latest honor from the Best of Napa Valley Reader’s Choice Awards, Frank Family continues to uphold its reputation of offering the “friendliest hospitality in Napa Valley,” through its array of estate-driven tasting flights in multiple themed rooms, including a heated and covered patio.
Not just a beacon of hospitality, the Frank Family wines are enjoyed throughout the country. Frank Family’s General Manager and Winemaker Todd Graff has been with the winery since 2003, after spending many years working throughout the world—from France to Portugal. During his tenure at Frank Family, he has managed the winery’s steady growth, overseeing estate vineyard purchases and winemaking. Under Graff’s leadership, Frank Family achieved Napa Green certification in 2014 for both winery and vineyards, and he continues to hold his team to increasing standards of sustainability each year. He was named “Winemaker of the Year” by the North Bay Business Journal in 2020 and continues to maintain a standard of excellence at Frank Family as is shown by this latest recognition.
“I feel very fortunate to do what I love for my career,” says Graff. “To do it at Frank Family Vineyards and in the Napa Valley makes it even more special. I extend my congratulations to our entire team.”
About Frank Family Vineyards
Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 1992 by former Disney Studios President, Rich Frank. Through tireless work, focus and engagement with trade and consumers alike, he and his wife Leslie, a former Emmy-award-winning broadcast news journalist, gradually built the winery over the years, making it one of today’s most successful California wineries. First constructed as the Historic Larkmead Winery in 1884, the stone building on Frank Family’s property is the third oldest in the Napa Valley and appears on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Frank Family Vineyards sources from 380 acres of estate vineyards in the Napa Valley. Frank Family’s Carneros Chardonnay ($38), Carneros Pinot Noir ($38), Napa Valley Zinfandel ($38) and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($58) are distributed nationally.
For more information about Frank Family Vineyards, please visit www.frankfamilyvineyards.com