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Our Story

This is the story of finding a calling: for a place, a craft, and a vision. Built on an enduring partnership between our growers, our winemaker, and our founders.

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Our passion for Sonoma and the family growers at its heart are what drives us. Our dedication to the craft of winemaking defines us. The joy that results as our wine is shared among friends, enjoyed over a festive meal, or toasted to celebrate those we love is what keeps us going.

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Jim Nantz & Peter Deutsch

With a shared calling to bring the best of Sonoma to the world, our founders set our course and guide the choices we make. Jim and Peter bring a wealth of knowledge, passion, and expertise from decades of professional success to The Calling each and every day.

Meet Our Founders
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James MacPhail

The Calling wines are a culmination of James’ vision, dedication, and Sonoma heritage, bringing the natural beauty of our region into brilliant life. One of California’s foremost winemakers, James’ incredible talent and dedication to perfecting his craft has enabled him to produce wines of wide spread acclaim for more than two decades, including over 100 wines with 90+ point scores from the nation’s top wine critics.

Meet Our Winemaker
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Rooted in Sonoma

Our grower partners bring lifetimes of knowledge to their craft, and the vineyards we seek out are exemplars of their regions and varietals. Their stories are our story.

Explore the Vineyards
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Bring Sonoma Home

When we release our wines, naturally, the first people we think to share them with are our friends, family and fellow wine lovers. We love that the passion and respect for Sonoma wines brings all of these people together.

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