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Keith Hock to produce sparkling wine with help from NakedWines.com angel investors

DBR Staff Writer Published 24 February 2016

Keith Hock of Schramsberg Vineyards left earlier this year to pursue independent projects, is now being crowdfunded by NakedWines.com Angel Investors.

Founded during the Civil War, Schramsberg Vineyards has made the wines poured by US presidents ever since Richard Nixon served a 1969 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs to make the "Toast to Peace" in Beijing on his historic visit to China in 1972.

Schramsberg wines have been served to Queen Elizabeth, Hollywood moguls and astronauts during a space mission.

Hock has carried on that proud tradition, racking up 35 90+ ratings and winning "Best Overall Wine" and "Best Sparkling Wine" at the Sydney International Wine Competition, the first time an American wine or a sparkling wine had ever won those two awards.

Now Hock will use his much-heralded talents to make sparkling and still wines for NakedWines.com Angels.

Keith Hock said: "The opportunity to make wines at a celebrated vineyard like Schramsberg is a rare honor."

"But even great traditions can limit creative options and pigeonhole winemakers. Thanks to NakedWines.com Angels, I'm now free to use my creativity and experience to make wines under my own label, which is a dream come true."

Hock is the third head winemaker from a major sparkling house to secure Angel funding to create his own label.

He joins sparkling wine luminaries Jean-Philippe Moulin (formerly of Ruinart, Mumm, Perrier Jouet and Baron de Rothschild) and Wayne Donaldson (former head winemaker at Domaine Chandon) at NakedWines.com.

Naked Wines International, chief winemaker / officer, Matt Parish said: "Keith is the real deal, one of California's most famous sparkling winemakers, and he left an incredibly prestigious sparkling house to come make bubbly and other wines for our Angels."

"It's definitely a coup to bring a winemaker of Keith's caliber on board, and we can't wait for our Angels to taste his first offering, Bollicine in Bianco, a bright and lively Italian inspired California sparkling wine."

Source: Company Press Release