Q&A with Ann Colgin of Colgin Cellars in Napa Valley

Ann Colgin and her husband , Joe Wender on the balcony overlooking scenic Lake Hennessey

May 2017 – Ann Colgin is the owner-vintner at Colgin Cellars in St Helena, Napa Valley, which produces top-flight Cabernets that are world renowned and only available in select restaurants or on allocation through an exclusive mailing list.
Ann and her husband, Joe Wender (a connoisseur of French wines and a California Cabernet convert) are known for the fabulous parties they throw. So it was only fitting that I met Ann at a wonderful wine dinner hosted by Rati and Dhruv Sawhney for Delhi’s wine cognoscenti at the Longchamp restaurant of the Taj Mahal hotel where the wines were classic Colgin. The Taj chef produced a superb meal on par with the wines which included 100-pointer Colgin 1997, of which only 400 cases were made and a Bordeaux inspired blend, Colgin 2001 “Cariad” in magnum.

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