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Thankful at Thanksgiving

In a just a few short weeks, we will be sitting down with family and friends to share a bounty of delicious food and wine to celebrate our blessings.  We are very thankful for a great harvest, the dedication of the Kenefick Ranch family and your continued support.  


Kristina King
January 2, 2020 | Kristina King

Happy New Year!


May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light
May good luck pursue you each morning and night..

                                                                                                - Irish blessing

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year from our slice of paradise to yours!  Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a fabulous year with you.

Here's to 2020!


Tom, Caitlin, Chris, and the entire Kenefick Ranch team



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Time Posted: Jan 2, 2020 at 2:03 PM
Kristina King
March 15, 2019 | Kristina King

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Kenefick Family

Irish Countryside

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Irish blessing

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The Kenefick family enjoys celebrating all things Irish and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. The family originated from the County Cork and they still have strong ties to their Irish roots.

We raise a glass of Kenefick Ranch wine to you and wish you many blessings.



Time Posted: Mar 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Kristina King
December 14, 2018 | Kristina King

Happy Holidays from the Kenefick Family


Another year is closing and while the days quickly pass, one thing we always remember is how grateful we are for you all.   Our family, our friends and supporters of Kenefick Ranch Vineyard.   We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and the very best in 2019!

We will be sending out an email in January with some of the exciting events we have planned in 2019.   In the meantime, may you all be surrounded with love, laughter, and of course, great wine.   


The Kenefick Ranch Family

Time Posted: Dec 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Kristina King
March 13, 2018 | Kristina King

Kenefick Ranch Irish Beef Stew

One of our favorite pairings with St. Patrick’s Day celebration food is the Cabernet Sauvignon, Chris’s Cuvée, with Irish Beef Stew. Our cabernet sauvignon really pairs beautifully with the flavors of beef, spices and hearty vegetables. In fact, we also use the cabernet in the recipe.

Beef Stew

Save prep time by prepping the onions, carrots, and potatoes while the stock with beef is simmering in step 2.

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Feeds 4 to 6 of your favorite people


  • 1 ¼ pounds well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (lean stew meat will end up too dry)
  • 3 teaspoons of salt 
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups beef stock or broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Chris’s Cuvee
  • 1 cup of Guinness extra stout or favorite Extra Stout beer
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 ½ to 2 cups)
  • 2 cups ½-inch pieces peeled carrots and/or parsnips (3 to 4 carrots or parsnips)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt over the beef pieces. Heat the olive oil in a large, (6 to 8 quart), thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.

    Pat dry the beef with paper towels and working in batches, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until well browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over and brown on another side.
  2.  Add garlic to the pot with the beef and sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the beef stock, water, Kenefick Cabernet Sauvignon, Guinness, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.

    Bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to the lowest setting, then cover and cook at a bare simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. While the pot of meat and stock is simmering, melt the butter in another pot over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots. Sauté the onions and carrots until the onions are golden, about 15 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step 2 has simmered for one hour.
  4.  Add the onions, carrots, and the potatoes to the beef stew. Add black pepper and two teaspoons of salt. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off any excess fat.

Transfer stew to serving bowls. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve along with a glass of Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Chris's Cuvee.

-lovingly adapted to Kenefick taste from Simply Recipes

Time Posted: Mar 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Kristina King
January 25, 2018 | Kristina King

What is Happening in the Vineyard?

Happy New Year!   

We are looking forward to what 2018 will bring and are pleased to say goodbye to 2017.   While the 2017 harvest was smooth and steady, the year ended with the scary and in some cases, tragedy, caused by the multiple wildfires in October.   Calistoga and the entire Napa Valley has been recovering and are ready for your visit.

Now on to Vineyard Happenings..

This month the stellar and amazing crew have been pre-pruning the vineyards.  

Two Rows - One pre-pruned, the other not
Left side of image shows unpruned vines; the right side pre-pruned

Each year, the vineyard team works through the entire 125 acres of estate vineyards and starts the pruning process.   They work block by block.   The prepruning helps not only the crew to make a more precise cut with the final pruning, (by removing the extra cane), but also helps to prevent eutypa.   This is an airborne virus that attaches itself to the open cout and works into the cane of the vine.   The process of movement through the cane is slow and does not reach its ultimate target - the branch, before the final pruning.  With the final pruning, we also seal the new cut to prevent any further progress.   Another plus for breaking up the pruning process is that the final pruning sets back budbreak, which can give you about two more weeks of frost protection.   And with the weather not always being certain, this definitely helps!


Time Posted: Jan 25, 2018 at 8:55 AM
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