By appointment only
Bill Cadman, the owner of Tulocay Winery, is a treasure of information about wine. He is also a witty, humorous and thoroughly entertaining gentleman. Well, the “gentleman” part might be a bit of a stretch. Bill is old-time Napa, with not an ounce of pretentiousness about him.
Nowhere else can you sit down with someone as knowledgeable or as approachable as Bill Cadman. He simply does not have a snobbish bone in his body. His irreverent, light-hearted take on the business of winemaking, however, belies his superior skills. This is seriously good wine. He doesn’t even maintain a pour list. He’ll just ask what you like and open bottles accordingly.
In 1972, Bill brazenly bought an old chicken farm and began pestering the local wineries for a job. He started his career by operating the crushers at Charles Krug. From there he went on to enjoy a long history in the industry, working for the likes of Robert Mondavi, Joe Heitz and other giants of the winemaking world. In 1975, after consuming copious amounts of wine one evening, he made the presumptuous decision to open a winery himself. “My friends looked at the old chicken coops and declared them perfect for a winery. In my altered state, I agreed!” What ensued was the creation of a refreshingly relaxed wine country experience and a Pinot Noir that would launch his career. He has been enjoying the heck out of life ever since.
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel and Chardonnay
Good to Know
• Tulocay Winery is one of the oldest and smallest winery operations in the Napa Valley, providing the most informal and unique tasting experience in the area.
• At his unassuming Tulocay Winery, Buddy, a little, yappy dog, will loudly announce your arrival. You’ll then be escorted to the deck of Bill’s home or to his kitchen table, as the weather dictates, for one of the most low-key and friendly wine tasting experiences
you will ever enjoy.
• Bill collects art and his home is filled with some very interesting pieces. With just a little encouragement,
he’ll show them to you and tell you the stories behind them.
(Above: Fernando, vineyard manager at Haynes Vineyard (source of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah), holding
Buddy the yapping dog and Calvin, Bill’s grandson.)