Texas Roots, Planted In California
Screen Door Cellars is the result of the loving marriage between the bountiful promise of Northern California's finest terrain and climate, with the dedication, pride and commitment that embodies the Texas spirit. This wine is the warm and loving arms of family and friends, of bonds strengthening, of children in the yard, of belly laughter; accompanied by the inviting clap of the porch screen door as you step into the best days of your life.
Bobby, born and raised in Texas, seven generations strong, decided one day in early 2002 to pack up and move out to California to take a break, and do some sailing along the west coast. He knew very little about sailing, but was lured by the idea of wearing a sweatshirt in the middle of summer. He and Shannon met in February of that year, through a mutual friend. It was love at first sight, and this California blond kept Bobby from moving back to Texas as planned. Shannon was studying Viticulture at UC Davis, and upon graduation, they moved to Napa Valley and launched their careers in the wine industry. Bobby took a harvest cellar position at St. Clement Vineyards, and Shannon worked the crush at Cakebread Cellars.
After the 2002 vintage, they both moved to full time positions, and began to put down roots in the Napa Valley, where they started their careers and their family.
As their family grew, they decided to move back to Shannon’s home town of Sebastopol, in the heart of the Russian River Valley, known for its exceptional Pinot Noir wines, as well as local babysitting services (aka Grammy and Papa).
In 2012 they began to realize their dream of starting their own wine brand. That year, Screen Door Cellars was launched, and a humble 100 cases were produced. Although 2012 was the first vintage, the idea of Screen Door came many years earlier, and was born from conversations over wine with Bobby’s lifelong friend, David Raymond. The early sketches for what is now the Screen Door label came to life in the mid-2000s and moved with the Donnells throughout their careers, house moves and growth of their family.