ROBERT BIALE VINEYARDS

For over seventy years beginning in 1937 the Biale family has grown Zinfandel and a variety of produce on their farm located on the outskirts of the town of Napa. Most of the Zinfandel grapes were sold to Napa wineries but some grapes were reserved so Aldo could make homemade wine for family and relatives.

Aldo began discreetly selling his homemade wine to a few wine-loving Napans. Because his rural home phone was a “party line” frequented by nosy eavesdroppers, enterprising Aldo used a code name whereby his customers could order wine without the risk of revealing his secret operation. Thus “Black Chicken” was born – the nickname for a jug of homemade wine from young Aldo’s barrels hidden in the barn.

In 1991, Aldo and son Robert formed a partnership with childhood friend and wine salesman Dave Pramuk, and winemaker Al Perry.   Bob had met Dave’s friend Al Perry while working together at a prominent Napa Valley winery. Together they produced and marketed a special Zinfandel from the old vineyard which they named “Aldo’s Vineyard.” With history, grapes, winemaking and sales in place the new winery, Robert Biale Vineyards, gained recognition and a cultish following by Zinfandel fanatics.

 

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Dave Pramuk

Founding Partner

 

Dave Pramuk was born and raised in Napa in a medical family. After graduation from CSU Chico and newspaper work, he began a career working in sales and public relations at Napa Valley wineries. A Founding Partner in Robert Biale Vineyards and lifelong friend of Bob Biale all the way back to grammar school, Dave is a board member of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and active in Appellation St. Helena, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers and Petite Sirah’s P.S. I Love You. Dave is responsible for the Biale winery’s marketing, sales, and communications.

ROBERT BIALE VINEYARDS AT NAPA GALA VI

At the Quail Napa Gala VI, Dave will be presenting selections from the Robert Biale portfolio. Included will be a preview of the 2016 Black Chicken one of the most sought after Zins out of Napa.  Dave will also be tasting and offering several single vineyard Zinfandels and their delicious Royal Punishers.

 

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