Family of Friends Newsletter


Love is an enormous word, despite only four letters

By Ross Halleck | June 9, 2020

In February we turn our focus to Love. Exalted, extolled, and exploited, Love is an integral part of our lives, yet rarely explored. For example, saying, “I love you” for the first time is a huge threshold in any relationship; but we easily bandy the word about for preferences (I love popcorn), activities (I love to ski), bodily functions (I love a good sleep) in closing letters, or of Country.Valentine’s Day hails back to the Roman Empire and prior,…

Sebastopol’s Hilly New Haven for Pinot Noir

By Ross Halleck | July 22, 2014

Jennifer and I planted Halleck Vineyard in the early 90s. Legend was created when our first vintage as a wine (2001 Tandem Winery, Halleck Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir) earned first place in the 2002 Pinot Noir Summit. This was also Greg Lafollette’s first vintage under his new personal label, Tandem. He had recently left Flowers, where he earned status as “Winemaker Rock Star.” 

This competition set the stage for Greg to become our winemaker and mentor and Jennifer and I to build Halleck Vineyard as a winery and brand.…