Posts tagged: Pam Starr

Blind Tasting Winner – Best Cab Franc in the world!

In a recent blind tasting of Cab Francs from around the world, the small Napa Valley winery Crocker Starr (Pam Starr, former Spottswoode winemaker) won the big prize! Our tasting group of 15 tasted the following French and California wines: Cos d’Estournel (100  Vinous) Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso (98 Vinous) Léoville Las-Cases (98 Vinous) Lynch […]

Former Spottswoode Winemaker releases a stunning White

After many years the Bridesmaid wines are being rebranded of sorts.  Pam Starr (fomer Spottswoode winemaker) has been producing the Crocker & Starr/Bridesmaid wines for many years now.  Crocker & Starr was always estate grown, Bridesmaid only partially.  That has changed and so has the pacakaging. Gorgeous new labels and the same stunning wines, sort […]

Former Spottswoode Winemaker “Stars” in her own Cabernet “Role”

Named for the variations of rock, loam, and clay soils found throughout the St. Helena based Crocker Estate Vineyard, RLC is the embodiment of Crocker & Starr as a concept. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr had the idea for RLC when she realized that the blocks of vines that made up the periphery of the […]


The Bridesmaid name comes from the more serious analogy between a First Growth Bordeaux and the next level Appellation blend. Pam and Drew took the more whimsical aisle of what the Bride is to the Bridesmaid: left of center, sexy and totally available! Pam Starr garnered her inspiration for this wine while working at such celebrated wineries […]

Napa’s best kept secret is out. A must have Cabernet!

This is a real find! My old friend, winemaker Pam Starr (formerly Spottswoode, now Crocker-Starr and Bridesmaid) is the brain surgeon behind this medically owned wine venture. The winery is owned by two Chicago physicians, both wine-ohs (i.e. lovers of great wine, great food, the works). Gary (the GAR) is a native of Chicago who […]