Pat Paulsen Vineyards


Press Democrat  LaBaron "Wine and Laughter in Asti"












August 2015 Press Democrat 

I took a ride to Asti last week, prompted by the news that mighty Gallo has purchased Italian Swiss Colony, the oft-shuffled winery that is right up there with Sonoma Valley’s Buena Vista in a bid to be the most historic in Sonoma County and beyond.   Read More...

Oakland Tribune May 10, 2015
Winery Adventure:Trio of Tastings at Livermore's Tesla Vintners
By Mary Orlin 

Spending a day in the wine country usually means visiting one winery, then driving to the next and the next. But Livermore's Tesla Vintners is home to three distinctly different wineries in a compound where you can park your car, taste wine, have a picnic and spend the afternoon.  READ MORE...





Sixth Annual UNCORKED Wine  Competition
April 10, 2015  Livermore, CA



CU alumna Gigi Benson goes from theater lines 
to grape vines  By Laura Kriho Feb. 27, 2015

Gigi Benson

"Fortune found me falling in love with a winemaker,and now here I am crushing grapes, pairing wines, and designing labels.  

    ~ Gigi Benson, Pat Paulsen Vineyards







As a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, Gigi Benson had dreams of becoming an actress on Broadway in New York City or on the silver screen in Hollywood.  Benson graduated from CU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in a double-major of communications and theatre and dance and then a master’s degree in developmental theatre in 1979. At the time, she never saw herself with her arms dyed purple, up to her elbows in wine grapes. She envisioned her future on the stage, in glamourous garments, hanging out with artists, writers and people who could “change the world.” It may seem odd that a college degree in theater led to career in wine-making. But that is the value of a liberal arts degrees – it will prepare you for a career in just about anything, she asserts

Laura Kriho is web and publications coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences.    Feb. 27, 2015


Jane Paulsen
"Sonoma County’s American Gothic"

February 5, 2015, 12:21PM  

Jane Paulsen, once the wife of comedian-politician Pat Paulsen and the driving force behind Paulsen Vineyards, for more than a decade has lived quietly in Healdsburg. With the resurgence of the family winery brand, she again finds herself the focus of some attention.  READ MORE...


Huffington Post WineFashionista Reports
"Monty Paulsen loves to create wine brands..."

by Mary Orlin the WineFashionista
October 31, 2014  

Monty Paulsen loves to create wine brands.  He's an eclectic winemaker, making wine from wherever he can get his hands on grapes, be that Martinez, California or the Valle Central in Chile.  On his website alone you'll find four brands with a total of 26 different wines.  These days you'll find Monty behind the Pat Paulsen Vineyards tasting bar of his newly opened tasting room in Livermore Valley.    READ MORE  






Napa Valley Cattle Company scores big with
The Tasting Panel Magazine

PAGE 76  Seriously Smitten
may 2014 / thetastingpanel / 95  Pat Paulsen Vineyards' Napa Valley Cattle Company 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine's label and name is a nod to the land before the grapes, where the cattle roamed and grazed.  The wine opens to a chorus of violets and cedars, raspberry chocolate truffles, rich and deep with the softest baby-step tannins.
A dry wipe of licorice and... 







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  2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition awards Pat Paulsen Vineyards Gold & Silver for Cabernet Sauvignons 

Medal Class Vintage Brand Appellation Estate Grape Variety
GOLD Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Pat Paulsen Vineyards Napa Valley Heritage Selection 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

In this, their 14th year, 75 judges, all with national and international credentials, from multiple markets in Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the United States and other wine regions of the world judged 3756 wines. In perhaps their tightest competition ever, the Finger Lakes International Judges were able to award 140 Double Gold and 284 Gold medals in the judging. Entries arrived from 20 countries, 50 states, and 6 provinces in Canada.


It's out on the air!

"Incredibly fun interview with winemaker Montgomery Paulsen"
Watch it now on Vimeo!
March 26, 2014






Pat Paulsen Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa Valley



Odyssey  Rhone Blend 2009  Paso Robles
EBGB Chardonnay 2011 California 

FEBRUARY 15, 2014



PPV Wines stand out at Family Wine Makers

By Ken Eskenazi ~ SippitySup 

Do you remember the tongue-in-cheek “Pat Paulsen for President” campaigns (from ’68 through ’96)? While his candidacy wasn’t serious, his eponymous wine is. UC Davis graduate Monty Paulsen has taken the helm as winemaker at Pat Paulsen Vineyards and (ironically?) president since his father’s passing. Monty and Gigi regaled me with a generous selection from their collection of Napa, Sonoma and Alexander Valley wines. Their SF Chronicle Gold Medal winning 2011 Heritage Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was a standout for me: blackberry and cherry aromas supported by a firm tannic backbone. California intensity with a French accent."    READ MORE...


Pat Paulsen Vineyards - A Star is Reborn

by Bung R. Cooper  A Blog about Family Wineries
March 5, 2014
In the 60s and 70s, when we most needed a smile, we turned to Pat Paulsen for biting, deadpan satire. And, a little later, when we needed a great Alexander Valley Cab, Pat Paulsen came through for us too, as one of the very first “celebrity” winemakers. Pat is long gone now, but Pat Paulsen Vineyards is back – given new life, and a new home in Livermore, by Pat’s son Montgomery Paulsen."





Gigi Benson, MCB Connect                                                                                                                             
March 8, 2014
Cell Phone: 510.915.2829  
Email: gigi@patpaulsenvineyards. com

Pat Paulsen Vineyards Announces Release of Napa Valley Cattle Company 

March 9, 2014 Family Winemakers, Pasadena, CA


NAPA, CA - Long before Long before it was America's premier wine growing region Napa Valley was Cattle Country. A Super-Premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, produced and bottled as a tribute to the founders who settled Napa Valley in the 1800s, such as George Yount, Nathan Coombs, Joseph Chiles and Sam Brannan.  From grapes grown on land originally owned by these pioneering cattle ranchers, Napa Valley Cattle Company Cabernet Sauvignon represents a blending of historical tradition and modern winemaking elegance.  

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If you would like more information, please contact Monty Paulsen at: or 


Two Guys From Napa Note Black Label Collection
"Pat Paulsen Vineyards had closed in the early 1990′s but has been revived by son Monty Paulsen, a graduate of UC Davis,  is working to continue his father’s tradition of producing outstanding wines – 2010 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, 2003 Black Label Collection Petite Sirah"


Wine of the Month Club visit with Paul and Ed to film Classics Series follow up Video.
Watch February clip promoting our "Red Reserve" Monty exclusively blended for them but it will soon be available in our Tasting Room for PPV Wine Club Members!
THE INDEPENDENT, January 2, 2014  
Pat Paulsen Vineyards - Why Not?
by Harry Stoll





Gigi Benson, MCB Connect                                                                                                                             October 7, 2013
Cell Phone: 510.915.2829 
Email: gigi@patpaulsenvineyards. com

Wines to Survive the Shut Down

NAPA, CA — To commemorate our leaders in Congress and to aid them in their struggle to balance the budget, Montgomery Paulsen, President and winemaker of Pat Paulsen Vineyards has announced the creation of four new wines, the profit from which will be partially donated to the IRS and to congressional charity organizations, if they're lucky.

Fiscal Cliff Cabernet — This beautiful wine will be aged in expensive oak barrels that will be paid for with money borrowed from our grandchildren's pension funds. Look for a release date in the next century, if we're lucky.

Federal Shutdown Shiraz — The critics say it best: "The aromas were CLOSED in, the flavor seemed slightly FURLOUGHED, and overall I came to an IMPASSE regarding my final opinion."  Hold until 2016, if you're lucky.

ObamaCare Blend — Not your usual red and white blends, we are rolling out ObamaCare Red and ObamaCare Blue in honor of the bipartisan cooperation of the Republican and Democrat parties. Proceeds will pay for Pat Paulsen Vineyards health care plan, if they're lucky.

Sequestration Syrah — This wine is a winner for those on limited budgets. We recommend you serve this wine in a locked room and don't emerge until the crisis is over. Good luck!

Fans of Pat Paulsen Vineyards may go to their website to order wine for themselves or elected officials. However, as the Federal Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB) is furloughed, registration of these labels is on hold so you may need to wait a long time. A real long time.


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If you would like more information, please contact Monty Paulsen at: or better yet, 
send a set of American Gothic to your elected official by ordering online at
Pat Paulsen, the Emmy Award-winning entertainer noted for his deadpan presidential campaigns, would be delighted to know his traditIon of mocking our political system continues. 



 Pat Paulsen Vineyards Gold Winner

2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition Awards   June 16, 2013

The 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition was conducted June 14th through June 16th at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco and the results are in! More than 4,500 wines were judged this year from around the world. PPV brought home 5 medals. Pat would be proud Monty is keeping his promise to " continue the legacy with each and every bottle. "  Thanks to our devoted fans, friends and family for keeping us going!

  • Mio Vigneto 2012 Sauvignon Blanc  
  • PPV Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • PPV Alexander Valley Merlot 
  • PPV Odyssey Rhone-Style Blend 
  • PPV ParthenOgenesis Bordeaux Blend 



"Wines worth mentioning at this first year of Winestock SFPat Paulsen‘s 2009 Merlot, Toby Lane‘s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and Hanna‘s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.  All memorable with pleasure." 



Pat Paulsen Vineyards and Antawara Wines in Santiago Chile joined forces to provide upscale new-world wines at southern-hemisphere prices. With quality tiers from Entry-level to Reserve to Premier, these are outstanding offerings and represent a great value. Chilean wine is known for its international quality standard, and with 3 recent spectacular vintages, this country is becoming a major player in the US market.

Dot-Wine  Toast: No Joking Paulsen's Wines Are Seriously Good   February 19, 2013 by Ann Miller


GOOD TIMES WINE|DINE : Odyssey 2010—take a wine journey with Monty Paulsen FEBRUARY 27, 2013  By Josie Cowden


PPV Winemaker Montgomery Paulsen Featured in Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News!


PPV Wines featured in San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area Media!


We are delighted to have five silver medals for our Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Alexander Valley Merlot, Red Reserve ParthenOgenesis and North Coast Syrah. PPV Spring and Jesse's Vineyard Cabernets, Heritage Selection Odyssey and MioVigneto white desert wine took home Bronze medals.
Congrats to Monty and our guest vintner Dwight Busalacchi (MioVigneto) and Stephanie Jackson (Merlot) who we have collaborated with this past year. More wine, more time, more magic!



Written by Gigi Benson — January 30, 2013




July 27 2013 at 01:07 AM

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