Leslie and Richard Mansfield

           Richard is a veteran winemaker of twenty eight vintages.  He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon, apprenticed for three years with a Master Winemaker in Germany and went on to receive his Master’s degrees in both Viticulture and Enology from Germany’s famed institute of winemaking in Geisenheim.  Following graduation, he returned to Oregon and founded a winery, Callahan Ridge Winery, which became the states sixth largest.  In 1995, he married Leslie Whipple and moved to California to become a leading consultant and winemaker in the Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Valleys.  In 2000, he and Leslie embarked on building their dream winery in the Napa Valley and now are proud to offer the fruits of their work.

            Leslie is a graduate of the Ecole Ritz Escoffier at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, France, graduating with honors in both Cuisine and Patisserie, and is a certified Master Food Preserver from Oregon State University.  She lived in France for two years and South Korea for five years. She holds a degree in Art History from the University of Washington, studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and has taught at the American School in Pusan, South Korea.  In South Korea, Leslie was a freelance apparel designer for Nike, and developed 50 percent of Nike’s line of Olympic apparel for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.  Leslie has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa, studying the cuisines of those countries and recording their customs.

            Leslie is the authoress of eighteen cookbooks.  Her most recent cookbook, The Lewis and Clark Cookbook, Historic Recipes from the Corps of Discovery and Jefferson’s America, Ten Speed Press, is the official cookbook of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration and has already gone into its third printing.  Additionally, Leslie is the author of a nine-part series on wine country entertaining, pairing delicious foods with exquisite wines.

            Richard brings the European tradition of meso-vinification to his style of winemaking.  He walks every row of the vineyards during harvest and custom tailors his picking to choose only those grapes that are perfectly ripe and ready for the fermentation vats.  Instead of large tanks with uniform wines, he shepherds carefully selected individual small lots through fermentation and barrel aging.  Meso-vinification refers to the development of many small amounts of wine, from one barrel to twenty barrels, until, at the final blending the finest are selected to become the wine which bears his name.

            Leslie and her husband Richard are now developing a fascinating new project of historical significance.  They will be resurrecting one of the last Ghost Wineries in the Napa Valley.  Built in 1876, this three-story winery constructed out of massive hand-hewn stones and clear redwood beams will be lovingly restored exactly as it was before its century-long sleep.  They invite you to make an appointment to visit, tour the winery and taste their amazing wines.  The Napa Valley is an amazing utopia for lovers of great food and world class wines and Richard and Leslie Mansfield are eager to share the bounty of the Napa Valley with their friends and guests.

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