The year was 1997, and Steve & Linda were happily commuting to San Francisco every day to work at Steve’s law firm. As beautiful as the scenery was crossing the Bay Bridge, when the 20-minute commute from their home in Berkeley became a 2-hour commute in each direction, they began exploring other options – enter the Napa Valley. A home with six rows of Cabernet vines presented itself to them… they couldn’t resist. They traded in their yellow legal pads for crush pads and call themselves, “Accidental Vintners.” Twenty-three years later, they love their 20-yard commute to the winery, the only traffic being their two devoted rescue dogs, Danny and Ollie; and they have happily not looked back.
“Anomaly specializes in the production of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The first vintage of Anomaly was harvested in 1997 and made by us, “budding garagistes.” Buoyed by the praise of our 1997 vintage, we embarked on the journey of obtaining a permit to produce Cabernet Sauvignon by building a small winery adjacent to our small vineyard. Our first release consisted of 300 cases and sold out immediately. As the vineyards matured, the increased availability of grapes allowed us to gradually produce more wine.”
Mark Porembski joined Anomaly in 2002 as Assistant Winemaker, and in 2005, Mark took over the reins as the Winemaker for Anomaly Vineyards. Prior to coming to Anomaly, Mark was the Assistant Winemaker to Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward at Behrens & Hitchcock/Erna Schein Winery on Spring Mountain in St. Helena.