White Dog Cellars

The White Dog Cellars Story


The history of White Dog Cellars goes back over fifteen years.

We come by our interest in grapes and wine naturally. Karen's father was a commercial table grape grower in California's Central Valley.  Richard's dad was a physicist who made wine in the basement of their 18th Century home in New Jersey.

After some early success on the amateur level, making wine with locally bought grapes in our garage in Granada Hills, Richard approached his friend Steven Larner.  Both Steven, and his wife Christine, had recently planted clones of Rhone style grapes on a 32-acre premiere parcel of Ballard Canyon hillside.  Steven graciously agreed to sell us his world class fruit.  Our first vintage was produced from the 2004 harvest.

About Our Wines

For the wine geeks, here are some notes: 

Our wines are heavily influenced by our own preferences.  We believe in making wine we love!  (After all, why make wine you don't want to drink?).

The wine rules we live by include:

  • We do not use new oak. We just do not like the influence of it. 
  • There is minimal filtration and no fining.  Our goal is to avoid influencing the expression of the grape and the vineyard. 
  • Our wines will never have over-ripe high brix fruit resulting in high alcohol "fruit bombs." 
  • We strive for wines that are food friendly.

We are very proud of our wines.


Karen and Richard