Gamble Family Vineyards


November 2022 | Issue 07

Tom Gamble Red Mailbox at Gamble Family Vineyards

Harvest is everything. All else is preparation.

After 71 days of being up before the bars close, our 2022 harvest season has concluded. I am happy to report that the fruit looks fantastic. Mother Nature didn’t make it easy with bouts of frost, drought, hail, and the early September heat wave. Some good fortune, combined with a good farming team saw us through.

During all the harvest rush, our assistant winemakers and crew have worked very closely with our new winemaker, Philippe Melka. I have to say, I am very excited about the wines I am tasting on a daily basis. Our attention shifts to how the different vineyard components will complement each other and come together to make beautiful, balanced wine. Blending trials and vineyard development will keep us busy until harvest 2023 takes hold.

As we move into winter months, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, celebrating with your loved ones over a few glasses of Gamble wine.

Tom Gamble signature
Harvest Recap
From the Tasting Salon
Meet Philippe Melka
Gifting Guide

We will associate the success of this vintage with fortunate timing and a little good-farming karma. Unpredictable weather began early this year, with cold temperatures, rain, and hail in late spring. The impact of which played out in our favor, without any critical damage during flowering and fruit set development. With the exception of the historical heat wave, moderate temperatures throughout the summer allowed the grapes to mature steadily.

Winemaking began with that first delivery of Sauvignon Blanc on August 16th. Just before a few brave souls took to foot stomping the grapes at our annual blessing of the grapes celebration. Just as soon as we finished picking Sauvignon Blanc, we began harvesting red grapes in anticipation of the Labor Day weekend heat wave. The hot temperatures were followed up by unseasonably cool weather and we actually stopped picking between September 16th and 28th due to cool temperatures and rain.

Harvesting grapes in the evening
Woman, barefoot stomping grapes in a harvest bin

The mad dash of harvest officially ended on October 14th, but the hard work is not over for our cellar team! They have wines to press off, punch down, and pump over, tanks to dig out, and fermentations to oversee. The crew is also hard at work monitoring and topping off white wines that are already in barrel and preparing empty barrels to be filled. Not to mention the task of cleaning. Lomber, Jaime, Juan and Carlos are hard at work preparing the essential harvest equipment for its year-long slumber. Until next year sorting table! 


Each day brings cooler weather and more fall colors to the backdrop of the winery. The hospitality team’s attention has shifted from the hustle and bustle of the harvest season to the Thanksgiving table. The biggest debate: what Gamble wines should we open with our extended families? Brand Ambassadors Eliza and Dax are leaning towards Family Home, while Francesca is dead-set on Mary Ann. Ania’s solution is to open them all! No matter what family traditions you are serving up, we have a wine that will pair perfectly. 

With the holiday season officially upon us, our team is hard at work getting ready to assist you with your holiday gifting. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with gift orders small and large. If you need some inspiration, continue on to our 2022 gifting guide below. 

While this year’s event season has ended we want to remind you to look out for email communication about our 2023 event schedule. We look forward to seeing you at the winery and on the road in the new year. 

Group of people standing around a table with one pouring wine into glasses from a decanter, and a cheese board on the table.


An interview with one of Gamble’s new winemakers, of Team Atelier Melka. 

Philippe Melka with wine in the Cairo Vineyard at Gamble Family Vineyards

Joined Gamble in 2022
Hometown: Bordeaux, France

Q: What do you look forward to bringing to the Gamble winemaking team?

PM: The Gamble winemaking team has been producing beautiful wines for many years using fruit from estate vineyards within some of the most acclaimed appellations in Napa. I am excited to bring a strong winemaking tradition to the team backed by over 25 years of experience within the same appellations. 

Q: How is the 2020 fruit looking?

PM: Despite this year’s intense climatic conditions, the well-farmed Gamble vineyards have provided some very good looking clusters and berries. The 2022 wines should have beautiful fruit purity.

Q: What family traditions are you looking forward to this holiday season?

PM: My favorite holiday traditions involve being with my loved ones, all together in the kitchen while sharing great stories over our favorite food and wine.


The 2015 Family Home Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautifully complex wine with layered flavors that pairs perfectly with cozy evenings. Gift set includes one bottle of 2015 Family Home and a personalized gift card presented in an elegant, branded cream gift box.

2015 Family Home single Bottle Gift Set

Christmas tree and wrapped gifts surrounding a bottle of Gamble Family Vineyards Family Home wine
Christmas tree and wrapped gifts surrounding a bottle of Gamble Family Vineyards Heart Block wine

Give a gift from the heart! Our 2018 Heat Block Sauvignon Blanc is a unique wine that becomes even more beautiful with age. Gift Set includes one bottle of 2018 Heart Block and a personalized gift card presented in an elegant, branded cream gift box.

2018 Heart Block single Bottle Gift Set


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