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Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

The Stephen Ross story begins with the "Stephen Ross Dooley wine story" in Minnesota, where in his teenage years curiosity in wine led him to make rhubarb and apple wines in the family basement… Things progressed on a nice upward trajectory from that point. Curiosity evolved into a passion for winemaking, which led to a degree in Enology from The University of California, Davis;  then 10 years of winemaking (all vinifera from here on out, thankfully) in the Napa Valley, two southern hemisphere harvests, and seven years in the Edna Valley before he launched his own brand, Stephen Ross. 

Stephen Ross was founded on the principles of working with quality vineyards and hand-crafting the best wines possible from the grapes they yield. The winery started small, grew as financial resources allowed.  They planted their estate vineyard, Stone Corral Vineyard, entirely to pinot noir in 2001 in partnership with two other wineries in the area.

Flying Cloud came along in 2003 after identifying a need in the market for excellent value wines and varieties other than our main line of business. Flying Cloud over-delivers on quality, at great prices. The name pays homage to my Minnesota upbringing, and is the name of a little airport in the town of Eden Prairie, MN.

Winemaker: Steve Dooley

Wines Produced

  • Albariño
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Red Blend
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Zinfandel