California / United States of America
Wine Spots Wines
For Wine Spots Wines’ owner Daniel LeFrancois, the story of his journey into the wine world began as a backpacking trip in France, where his love of wine was ignited.
Daniel has been working in the wine industry ever since, including as a wine buyer for major international duty-free and online retailers. He has traveled the world’s wine regions, including France, tasting thousands of wines, gaining experience and appreciation for a region’s unique terroir and how it imparts unique characteristics in the wines.
Daniel’s dream of creating his own wines came to life with the first release of the 2003 Wine Spots Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The name is an honor to his love for travel, exploring the finest wine regions from around the world and the distinctive qualities and terroir that make them unique. Each label is adorned with a wine drip, or “spot”, on a map, marking where the wine is from.
Daniel’s decades of experience has built relationships with prestigious wine growers in Napa Valley, providing Daniel the ability to purchase fruit from coveted vineyards sites. Napa Valley, while small in size, produces some of the finest wines in the world. Old World varietals thrive here, reflecting their classic characteristics while showcasing the diversity of Napa Valley's sub-appellations, each with their unique micro-climate and complex soils. Daniel’s Bordeaux background lends to his ability to note unique qualities of each vineyard lot so that the final blend is balanced, complex and approachable, showcasing Napa Valley soil, sun and fruit.