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With help from PG&E, Wineries Uncork Energy Savings

Published by PG&E

PG&E is helping both boutique wineries with small production, and large wine producers, “crush” the harvest season by saving on energy costs...

From the Vine: Something New on the Other Side of the Tracks

Published by The Record

Nearby is the eye-catching display for The Gala sparkling wine, a blend of classic Champagne varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir, made in the traditional method by Rack & Riddle in Healdsburg...

Rack & Riddle Invests in New Riddling System

Published by Wines & Vines

Rack & Riddle, the Sonoma County winery that specializes in méthode Champenoise sparkling wine production, recently installed a brand new riddling system that will let the winemaking team run custom riddling programs...

California's New Wave of Sparkling Wine

Published by Wine Searcher

One company that provides this service is Rack & Riddle out of Healdsburg. They are quite a large operation and continue to grow with increase in demand for bubbles...

Five questions: South African sparkling wine ... in Santa Cruz?

Published by The Mercury News

Rack & Riddle (a custom crush facility) in Healdsburg agreed to do it, so in 2014, I sent them 16 tons of grapes. The winemaker, Penny Gadd-Coster, had never made sparkling pinotage before...

More California Winemakers Experimenting with Sparkling Wine

Published by Glass of Bubbly Magazine

Companies like Rack and Riddle also help small wineries produce sparkling wine as they handle all the secondary fermentation process...

Innovative Sparkling Wine Is on the Rise Among California Winemakers

Published by LA Weekly

One thing that has made sparkling wine production easier for smaller winemakers has been the arrival of companies like Rack and Riddle, a "custom crush" production facility in Sonoma County, which will handle every step...

A Toast to Texas Sparkling Wine

Published by Texas Monthly

Producers including William Chris Vineyards and Messina Hof Winery have also looked to California custom crush sparkling wine producer Rack & Riddle to process and bottle their Texas wines for them using méthode champenoise...

Lundquist to Chair Winemaker Board

Published by The Press Democrat

"My energy and focus will be directed to the many challenges and opportunities facing the California wine industry. Whether those issues be regulatory, legislative, or market access...”

Rack & Riddle Co-Owner Chairs Family Winemakers of California

Published by The North Bay Business Journal

Bruce Lundquist, co-founder and co-owner of Healdsburg-based Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, was named 2016 chairman of the Family Winemakers of California trade group...

Five Celebratory Sparklers, From Parties to Proposals

Published by Forbes

The brainchild of Boston-based entrepreneur and two-time Emmy Award winner Jenny Johnson and Penny Gadd-Coster, executive director of winemaking at Rack & Riddle in Sonoma County, Champy (pronounced shamp-y, it even sounds like a party) is...

Jenny Johnson Launches Champy

Published by Northshore Magazine

With nearly three decades in the wine industry, more than 100 medals and awards to her credit, and a special focus on sparkling wine, Gadd-Coster brought the science and wine-making chops to Johnson’s vision...

Is California Bubbly Finally Coming into Its Own?

Published by SF Magazine

California’s sparkling wines are growing—in both number and quality. And they might finally get their due. Throughout the country, the popularity of sparkling wine is surging skyward like a cork shot from a bottle...

Rack & Riddle: Meeting the Need for Sparkling and Still Winemaking Services in the Custom Crush Arena

Published by VAULT29

Wine industry veterans Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist often heard winemakers lament: Making sparkling wine is too...

Benefit at Sonoma County Airport Raises Funds for Valley Fire Victims

Published by The Press Democrat

About 20 Sonoma County wineries, distilleries and purveyors of serious beer poured some of their favorite creations.

Rack & Riddle Custom Crush Winery Grows Production Through Split Facilities and Expertise in Sparkling

Published by Wines & Vines

Founded as a custom-crush operation for sparkling wine, Rack & Riddle had been paving a unique path since its inception...

Successful Small Wineries Know Their Core Competencies

Published by Wines & Vines

Decent sparkling wine equipment can cost $300,000. That plus space requirements make it prohibitive to produce onsite, so [Amy Kemp of Loma Prieta Winery] has the wines made at Rack & Riddle...

Early Winegrape Harvest 'Great Quality Potential'

Published by The North Bay Business Journal

Rack & Riddle expects to see its first grapes from two clients the first week of August, but others aren’t planning to deliver grapes from Mendocino south to Paso Robles there until later in August...

Rack & Riddle on ABC

Aired on ABC7 May 10, 2015

A segment aired on ABC featuring Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services! If you missed the show, you can check it out by clicking the link above.

Sparkling Wines Reviewed on VinVillage Radio

Aired on VinVillage Radio April 14, 2015

Rack & Riddle Winemaker Penelope Gadd-Coster discusses the sparkling winemaking methodology used at Rack & Riddle, and the tasting profiles of our wines...

Rack & Riddle's Winemaking Programs on VinVillage Radio

Aired on VinVillage Radio April 14, 2015

Calling all ‪‎wine‬ enthusiasts! You'll want to listen to this show on VinVillageRadio, featuring Rack & Riddle's General Manager, Mark Garaventa, discussing Rack & Riddle's programs, and why sparkling wine has become so popular...

Private Label Wines Step Out Into the Open

Published by The Press Democrat

The outlook also is bright over at Rack & Riddle in Healdsburg, where general manager Mark Garaventa notes that its private label production is expected to grow from 35,000 cases last year to 50,000 cases in the coming years...

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services Announces New Sparkling Wine Private Label Blends

Published by WineToday.net

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the nation’s largest winemaking operations specializing in sparkling wine, has rolled out five new private label sparkling wines...

Women in Wine Tell It Like It Is

Published by WWSNapaSonoma.com

"I was told (by a man) that I would never be a winemaker." The latter received a rousing chuckle from the audience and other panelists since Penny’s custom crush facility now produces a million and a half cases of wine per year, and she has several winemakers (mostly men!) under her supervision...

First Generation of Women in Wine Talk About Their Challenges, Experiences

Published by WWSNapaSonoma.com

Penny Gadd-Coster of Rack and Riddle was pouring a North Coast sparkling wine that had tropical fruit aromas, fine bubbles and a smooth finish...

Penny Gadd-Coster: Winning 'Women in Wine' Panelist

Published by Wine Industry Insight

Gadd-Coster leads a team of five winemakers/enologists who produce over one million cases of award-winning wine annually on behalf of custom crush and private label clientele. She is also an entrepreneur with her own brand, Coral Mustang...

Wine Trends for 2015

Published by Napa Valley Register

Rack & Riddle in Healdsburg makes it possible for small wineries to produce sparklers from their own base wine without the specialized equipment and expertise needed to produce sparkling wine...

Rack & Riddle Named Top Wine Brand

Published by Central Coast Wine Press

While I tasted all four of the Rack & Riddle bubblies, the Blanc de Blancs gets my top vote...

Bubbly Wines for New Year's Eve

Published by the Sacramento Bee

Rack & Riddle isn’t likely to remain a small under-the-radar producer for long, not when it turns out such solid bubbly as this pretty, spicy and grapefruit-laced interpretation...

New Options for Holiday Wines

Published by Napa Valley Register

Rack & Riddle near Healdsburg helps smaller wineries make sparkling wine from their grapes, making it possible for them to produce “grower” sparkling wine like that that’s the rage in Champagne...

City Boy and His Vines Have Thrived

Guinness McFadden is known for his white wine grapes – and now his sparkling wine

Published by the Sacramento Bee

McFadden’s sparkling wines are made by Penny Gadd-Coster of Rack & Riddle in Alexander Valley...

Rack & Riddle Wins 'Best Place to Work' 2nd Year In a Row

Published by The North Bay Business Journal

Rack & Riddle was chosen as a recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” award for the second year in a row. Says one employee, "I love how all our voices are heard — and matter — and there are real opportunities to learn every aspect of the winemaking industry, from sales and marketing to production and planning, to grape sourcing and winemaking. We get opportunities to try on different hats and the freedom to focus on where we find our talents truly lie."

Healdsburg Facility Grand Opening Draws 200

Published by Wine Industry Advisor

Approximately 200 guests attended the event, including Healdsburg city and Chamber of Commerce officials, preeminent wine industry figures and the area’s top winemakers. Guests were guided on behind-the-scenes tours of the facility, and enjoyed Rack & Riddle sparkling wines, wood-fired pizza by Diavola Pizzeria and live music performed by The Delta Rockets...

Racking It Up

Published by The Healdsburg Tribune

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services recently debuted a sparkling new Healdsburg facility to match its sparkling wares. Previously located in Mendocino County, the winemakers now operate a 67,000-square-foot facility on Moore Lane in Healdsburg, in addition to a location in Geyserville that opened in January...

Rack & Riddle Toasts New Locations

Custom-crush sparkling wine specialist now in northern Sonoma County

Published by Wines & Vines

A load of just-picked Chardonnay grapes arrived at the new Rack & Riddle location in the Alexander Valley this morning, marking the start of a new vintage and the next phase for the fast-growing, custom-crush wine company...

Bring on the (American) Bubbles

Published by Sunset Magazine

The 100 percent Chardonnay in Rack & Riddle's Blanc de Blancs delivers lovely green apple and tropical flavors...

Rack & Riddle Sets Healdsburg Winery Grand Opening

Published by The North Bay Business Journal

“We’re thrilled to have expanded our Sonoma County footprint to some 120,000 square feet over the course of just nine months,” said Bruce Lundquist, co-owner of Rack & Riddle. “It’s been a long-held goal to offer our clients more winemaking options and increased production capabilities. Now, with two locations in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, we can..."

Rack & Riddle Announces Facility Opening in Wake of Major Sonoma County Expansion

Published by the Washington Business Journal

Rack & Riddle today announced its new Healdsburg facility is expected to be functionally operational June 15th, with full capabilities expectedAugust 1st. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for August 27th...

Rack & Riddle Named One of Wine Business Monthly's 'Top 10 Hot Brands'

Published by Wine Business Monthly

When Wine Business Monthly creates its annual Hot Brands list, it aims to celebrate the breadth and diversity of the wine industry. Wine Business Monthly seeks out wineries that have superior wines, creative techniques, unique sites or heartfelt philosophies behind their brands...

Penny Gadd-Coster Wins 'Winemaker of the Year' Award

Published by The North Bay Business Journal

Penny Gadd-Coster was recently named winner of the prestigious 'Winemaker of the Year' award for the entire Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and greater Bay Area. The North Bay Business Journal's first Wine Industry Awards honor significant contributions in getting wine from vine to consumer...

Rack & Riddle Expands to Healdsburg

Published by The Press Democrat

The custom winemaking company has signed a 10-year lease for a 67,000-square-foot facility in Healdsburg, which will be fully operational by early summer 2014, and dedicated to sparkling and still wine bottling. This is in addition to its Alexander Valley location which opened Jan. 1st, 2014, dedicated to crushing and fermenting...

Rack & Riddle Receives Best of Class & Gold Medal Honors from Sunset Magazine

Published by Sunset Magazine

Rack & Riddle is thrilled to have placed top honors in the sparkling wine category of the 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition. Debate by Sunset judges raged: Must all sparklers mimic the minerally character of Champagne to earn a medal? “Why should they?” argued a judge who used to make Champagne. “These are great wines..."

Rack & Riddle Wins 'Best Place to Work'

Published by The North Bay Business Journal

Rack & Riddle was chosen as a recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” award. Rack & Riddle stood out because not only does the company promote from within, but more than 70 percent of its management team are women and minorities...

Rack & Riddle Produces Most of the Area's Small-Scale Sparkling

Published by The Bohemian

Suddenly, sparkling. Have you noticed? In just a few years, the trend in wine country's tasting rooms has gone from, "Hi, are you here for tasting?" to "Hi, may I offer you a glass of sparkling wine?" (Why, yes, you may indeed.) Unlike many other trends, however—unoaked Chardonnay, say, or chocolates with Cabernet—a single company has made much of this possible...

Wineries Scramble to Make Room for Harvest

Published by The Press Democrat

Requests for space have been rolling in earlier than usual at Rack & Riddle, the custom crush facility in Hopland that handles winery clients from Mendocino and Sonoma counties...

'Women in Business' 2013 Profile

Published by Wine Industry Insight

Profile of 2013 'Women in Business' award recipient Rebecca Faust...

Rebecca Faust Wins 'Women in Business' Award

Published by The North Bay Business Journal

The North Bay Business Journal announces Rebecca Faust, founder and owner of Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, a recipient of the 2013 'Women in Business' award...

Penny Gadd-Coster Making Refreshing New Sangria

Published by The Press Democrat

Penny Gadd-Coster considers herself a Spainophile. Gadd-Coster, winemaker at Rack & Riddle in Hopland and former winemaker at J Vineyards and Winery, is currently making Eppa SupraFruta Sangria, a bottled sangria made from either red or white wine grapes sourced organically in Mendocino County...

Raphaël Brisbois Hired as Director of Winemaking

Published by The North Bay Business Journal, The Press Democrat, The North Bay Biz and The Ukiah Daily Journal

Renowned winemaker Raphaël Brisbois is the newly-hired director of winemaking at Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, where he specializes in méthode champenois, a labor-intensive approach involving fermentation in the bottle...

North Coast Custom Crush Sparkles

Published by Wines & Vines

Rack & Riddle has equipment and expertise for would-be sparkling wine producers...

Rack & Riddle Completes Canopy; Other Projects in Wings

Published by The North Bay Business Journal

Custom vintner Rack & Riddle/RB Wine Associates is coming off a $7 million expansion and upgrade that allowed a major sparkling-wine label to move in for harvest this year, one of a handful of sizable contract winemaking facility projects in progress around the North Coast...

Rack & Riddle Helps Wine Sparkle

Published by The Press Democrat

Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist of Rack & Riddle in Hopland are helping vintners transition into sparkling wines...

Executives from Sparkling Wine See 500,000 Case Potential

Published by The Press Democrat

Two executives from the North Coast sparkling wine world plan to open by this year's harvest what eventually is planned to be a half-million-case-a-year custom winemaking facility in this southern Mendocino County city...