Arkenstone named Sam Kaplan Winemaker in 2006. After his first harvest at Pine Ridge Winery and seven vintages at ZD Wines, Sam arrived at Arkenstone with a depth and range of experience that encompass the many facets of vineyard management, cellarmaster expertise, and winemaking. His coursework in viticulture and enology at U. C. Davis, as well as his fluency in Spanish, anchor this hands-on experience in both the vineyard and the winery.
Sam oversees the many seasonal and daily activities at Arkenstone. He is winemaker, vineyard manager and collaborated extensively on the winery project. In his role as winemaker and overseer of the vineyards, Sam maintains the integrity and quality of Arkenstone wine. The depth, complexity, and balance of our wines evidence the tremendous breadth of his abilities.
Our 2006 vintage inaugural release in 2009, was the first vintage Sam took from vineyard to bottle at Arkenstone. His experience, skills, and extraordinary palate, blended with a steady demeanor and wicked sense of humor make him a perfect fit for Arkenstone.