Murphy-Goode: A Tried and True Recipe for Success We have become so enamored of the delicious wines of the Murphy-Goode Estate that we are proud to present another one of this first estate’s award-winning, personality-filled wines, Liar’s Dice Zinfandel as a wine of the month selection. Conceived over twenty years of breakfasts and "liar’s dice" games at Mickey’s Café in Sonoma County, partner Time Murphy and his circle of friends are some of the finest Zinfandel growers in Sonoma County and are, of course, the fruit source for the "Liar’s Dice Zinfandel". Rarely, do we feature a winery or estate more than once, but this is what happens when an estate teams a creative marketer with two accomplished grape growers and carefully blends with superior vineyards located in one of the world’s renowned wine-growing regions, Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Add enthusiastic family members and a brilliant winemaker. Infuse the lot with dedication, a strong work ethic and a liberal dose of good humor: this is the tried and true recipe for Murphy-Goode Estate Winery, and we love it. Tim Murphy, owner/farmer of the 200-acre Murphy Ranch, and Dale Goode, former vineyard manager for Alexander Valley Vineyards and Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards, are longtime friends and colleagues. Known as pioneers in Sonoma County viticulture, both men planted some of the first premium variety vineyards in the area during the 1960's. Tim and Dale share a passion for farming, and they take enormous pride in their work. The two men along with Tim’s three sons, became business partners in 1980 when they leased a vineyard in the central portion of Alexander Valley. Subsequently, the dynamic two teamed up with wine marketer Dave Ready in 1985 to form a family-owned winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. "Dave provided the dynamic component and expertise we lacked," Says Tim. "From the beginning, the three of us shared a singular mission: to produce an excellent product which reflects the superior quality of our grapes," Tim recalls. The Murphy-Goode brand was born in 1985, when the partners hired Merry Edwards, a consulting enologist, to oversee their custom crush project of 10,000 cases. The premier vintage was an immediate success. In 1987, a small production facility was built on Murphy Ranch in Alexander Valley. Winemaker Christina Benz was hired in time to equip the winery and receive the 1987 harvest. "My initial attraction to Murphy-Goode Winery was the delicious flavors of the grapes and the beautifully kept estate vineyards, "Chris recalls. "The vineyards, like a well-manicured garden, were maintained with obvious care and attention to detail. Today, Murphy-Goode Estate Winery has grown well beyond initial projections. Current annual production tops 90,000 cases. The employees are family, both literally and figuratively: Dave Ready’s son works alongside Chris Benz in the cellar; Dale Goode’s daughter is on the hospitality staff; Tim Murphy’s three sons continue to manage the estate’s vines, while cultivating their own vineyards. Obviously, Murphy-Goode’s assembly of partners, family members, and dedicated employees significantly factor in on the winery’s success. However, environmentally sound farming and incomparable grapes are also paramount to Murphy-Goode’s quality. Their estate vines grow on three Alexander Valley sites, while neighboring vineyards also provide excellent sources to meet the continuing demand for Murphy-Goode wines. Presently, the winery produces a host of award-winning wines in addition to Liar’s Dice Zinfandel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Fume Blanc (dry Sauvignon Blanc) and an incomparable Pinot Blanc round out this great estate’s portfolio of fine wine.