Gamble Family Vineyards


August 2022 | Issue 06

In the Vineyard
From the Tasting Salon
Meet Melissa Bandel
Wine Spotlight
Tom Gamble in the vineyard
It has been a busy summer thus far and the growing season has been kind to us with a narrow escape from hail damage in May. We have several replanting and new planting projects in the works. The development of the winery hill is underway and the anticipation builds as we place stakes and end posts. It will be, like our replants, a Bordeaux-style planting with densities of over 3000 vines per acre. The hill is a very challenging site to plant, but well worth the effort. I think the wine will be killer! Our investments in technology continue. We are working on incorporating an electric, self-driving tractor into our farming practices. More to come on that.
I hope you enjoy the dog days of Summer and look forward to seeing some of you at the winery. 
Tom Gamble signature


As every vintage presents different challenges, 2022 has made its mark with minimal spring rains, a spring frost followed by unseasonably warm temperatures, hail in May, and most recently an unexpected rain event.  Despite these occurrences, soil conditions across all Gamble Vineyards have been optimal for desirable canopy and grape berry development. To date, weather patterns have been warmer than normal with fewer fog laden mornings.

Current vineyard activities include cluster adjustments to each vine to ensure optimal vine balance – this the ratio between cluster numbers and shoot growth, and canopy management within the fruit zone to enhance berry phenolic development by cluster exposure to dappled sunlight – important to accentuate berry color and soft, supple skin tannins.

Grapes on the vine

In addition to daily visits, Raymond Reyes, our Director of Viticulture, monitors the vineyards using weather stations that provide live data, including soil temperature, air temperature, and soil moisture. The systems are equipped with alerts that help guide decisions that impact the current vines growth patterns. This technology, coupled with decades of collective experience, empowers us to continue producing excellent fruit, even when weather presents its challenges. 

We look forward to harvest, when the fruits of our labor will be brought into the winery, and crafted into what is sure to be a memorable vintage of Gamble wine.


This season’s warm weather has paired beautifully with Sauvignon Blanc. We had a great time in late June hosting our wonderful members at the release party for the 2019 vintage of our favorite, small-lot, Heart Block. The festivities included library vintages, which supported our idea that Heart Block is a fabulous, age-worthy wine that can be enjoyed now and after several years in your cellar. We encourage you to pop open older vintages if you have them and restock with the new release.

Our Heart Block Release Party sparked excitement for our upcoming Harvest Party on Saturday, September 24th. Tickets are now available online and will be sold on a first-come first serve basis.


Each day brings new growth on the vines surrounding the winery property. We watch in anticipation of this year’s harvest and the high-quality fruit our Oakville vineyards will produce. As we look to harvest and beyond, we are reminded that the holidays are fast approaching. Please reach out to your trusty Gamble representatives to place your personal and corporate gifts. Keep an eye out for email communication about our holiday wine offerings.

Person sitting on the patio with a glass of wine


An interview with our Private Client & Guest House Manager

Melissa Bandel, private client manager at Gamble Family Vineyards

Joined Gamble in 2017
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL

Q: What do you find special about the Gamble Experience?

MB: The best aspect of the Gamble Experience is the intimacy one feels when you arrive at the ranch. Not many places in Napa have the generational history or true love of the land like the Gamble family. It’s a unique yet extremely comfortable vibe on the property from start to finish.

Q: Any funny Gamble Stories?

MB: One time I hosted a group from my hometown and as we were swapping stories from the past, I came to find out that they grew up just two houses down from my childhood home! We knew many of the same families and landmarks and they left their tasting truly feeling like family. 

Q: How do you describe Gamble wines to people who have never tried them?

MB: My favorite quip of Tom’s is when he tells clients that our wines “aren’t the loudest voice in the room” when it comes to our winemaking style. For me, it’s a perfect way to describe our brand. When we leave a pouring event, our wines aren’t the biggest, boldest bottles poured, but they sure are the ones that everyone talks about on the way out the door.

Q: Which Gamble wine are you reaching for right now?

MB: I’m absolutely in love with the 2016 Family Home and how it’s tasting right now. Though, I may be biased because it’s one of my favorite wines in the portfolio, I truly believe the 2016 is tasting about the best it ever has at this exact moment.


The 2016 Family Home Cabernet Sauvignon really shines with robust, red meats right off the grill. We like to pair it with a simple tomahawk ribeye with marbling that balances the tannins in the wine and a richness that is complemented by red and blue fruit flavors in the glass.

2016 Family Home

Tomahawk Stea on a board next to a bottle of Gamble Family Vineyard wine
Flank steak on a plate with a glass and bottle of Gamble Family vineyards Paramount wine

Our 2016 Paramount Bordeaux Style Blend is a wonderful pairing for an herb marinated flank steak. The herbaceous qualities of the meat will enhance the beautiful red and black fruit flavors of the Paramount. The protein of the meat will also soften the tannins inviting you to take another sip.

2016 Paramount

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