Pat Kuleto is most notable for his work as a San Francisco restaurateur and interior designer. In 1992, he purchased 761-acres of land between Lake Hennessey and Rutherford from five cattle ranchers, eventually planting vineyards throughout the estate and building his home. Due to the varied elevations, soils, and climates of the estate, Kuleto and winemaker Dave Lattin, who came onboard in 2003, have produced several different varietals, including Pinot Noir, Muscat, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Guided tours of the mountainous grounds end in the tasting room, where guests can sample the current releases paired with artisan cheese. Visitors can schedule one of the four available appointments throughout the day (10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.)
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.