A little background on Elyse Winery.
Back in 1987 Ray and Nancy Coursen crushed 4.5 tons of Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford to craft 286 cases of their first wine. While the portfolio has grown over the last 30 years, the focus remains on creating vineyard driven wines that pair well with food. Total production is around 10,000 cases and the wines are nationally and internationally distributed.
Elyse's founder, Ray Coursen and his wife, Nancy had quite the varied life before starting their winery in the Napa Valley. Ray grew up on a dairy farm in northwest New Jersey and tended various crops before tiring of milk and leaving the roost. After a two-year stint in the army and extensive travel in Europe and Africa, he returned to the states and attended Stockbridge Agricultural College at the University of Massachusetts. While at school, he worked at a fine wine shop in Boston, and it was here that he discovered fine French wine. With Coursen's background in farming and his new appreciation for wine, the idea of making wine took hold.
Nancy is a third generation Californian and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following her graduation from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Occupational Therapy, she worked with special needs children in the educational systems of the Boston area. It was in Boston in 1982 that Nancy met Ray and shortly thereafter his interest in the wine business brought them to the Napa Valley.
In 1983, Ray and Nancy Coursen arrived in California ready to turn their dream into reality. Ray's first industry job was working a harvest at Mt. Eden Winery in Saratoga. Looking back on this first winery position at Mt. Eden, Ray notes, "Thirty years later, I can still smell that vineyard when I drink their Chardonnay."
The next stop for the Coursens was Napa Valley. Upon moving to the valley, Ray and Nancy became innkeepers for a bed & breakfast – perhaps only because they were allowed to plant a vineyard in the back. Ray then spent a formative amount of time at Tonella Vineyard Management, where he gained philosophical perspective and practical knowledge of working the vineyards.
The year 1986 saw the arrival of their daughter, Elyse.
After Tonella Vineyard management Ray spent nine years at Whitehall Lane Winery in Napa Valley's historic Rutherford appellation. His dedication took him from tasting room to cellar to head winemaker. It was with owner, Art Finkelstein that he honed his skills in the art of blending. Ray calls Finkelstein the inspiration for his winemaking style today and say's "Art's theory was simple – fruit first, and then wine is a collection of nuances and balance."
In 1987, Ray and Nancy were ready to start their own wine label. Elyse Winery began with 286 cases of Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard, which is still a cornerstone vineyard source for the winery. Soon after, the Elyse portfolio expanded as Ray met more of the area's growers and learned of all of the wonderful fruit that was available. Elyse Winery began to produce Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone Style Reds. He freely admits, " I just can't say no to wonderful fruit." After a decade of nomadic winemaking at various custom crush facilities, the Coursens purchased a small winery and vineyard on Hoffman Lane in 1997, which has ever since been the home of Elyse Winery and Tasting Room.
In the past 30 years the valley has changed constantly. One thing that remains the same is Ray and Nancy's dedication to bringing you world-class wines at fair prices.
Though the last 30 years have seemed to fly by, Ray and Nancy know they wouldn't be able to do what they love without you so they would like to extend this 25% discount to you, the folks who make this all possible. To make this limited time deal even sweeter they have created breaks in shipping prices at $25 flat rate for 6 bottles and $35 flat rate for full cases. Mix and match cases are welcome!
Large format and library wines not included
Promotion ends August 31st. Use promo code "25%" when you order