There is so much to tell you about the Staglin family and their wonderful wines, that I can only scratch the surface in this format. The video above was made on their 30th anniversary in 2006. It will tell you a lot about the estate.
The wines have consistently been in that top tier of California Cabernets and Chardonnays since their first release in 1986. Neighbors include Scarecrow, To Kalon, Insignia, Rubicon and Bella Oaks. The long-time vineyard manager is David Abreu. Staglin is 100% solar powered and, as Shannon Staglin is now president, it is a woman-run winery. Shannon herself will be joining us for the Zoom Wine Dinner. The wines are universally acclaimed. You can read any wine press to find out more, but you may not find the story of the family itself and what these extraordinary people do for the world.
The Staglin Family and Mental Health
The Staglins: Brandon (President: One Mind), Shari, Garen and Shannon (President: Staglin)
When he was 18, Shari and Garen's son Brandon had some pretty traumatic episodes that led to his eventual diagnosis of schizophrenia in 1990. As a result of their experiences, they launched One Mind to bridge the gaps they saw in mental health research funding and patient support. All the proceeds of their Salus wines go to this cause. Salus is the Roman goddess of health and well-being. Her name is the origin of the toast "Salud." To date, the Staglins have raised over $395 Million. Brandon is the President of One Mind. Now that's a story!
Our first two wines will be Salus. We will also donate $15 from each dinner to One Mind, to remember and honor our friend Bryan Mack, who helped create the essence of Stage Left, while waging his own battles in mental health and with addiction.
N. Bryan Mack