Courtney Benham founded Angeline in 1990, in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Made at Martin Ray Winery, Angeline’s philosophy is producing wine that is a true expression of its varietal. Not the opening act for Martin Ray wines or the b-side of the business, Angeline is the backbone – with wines that quickly took hold as a reliable great by-the-glass order in restaurants and bars around California. Soon after, Independent retailers and wine shops took notice, followed by national retailers and recently internet sales have helped take Angeline international.
Our winemaking team produces Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. We source fruit from premium vineyards throughout the Central Coast, Sonoma Coast, and Mendocino County, and ferment the wine in stainless steel tanks. With minimal intervention from our winemaking team, Angeline emphasizes the characteristics of each varietal, letting the fruit speak. Our flagship wine, Angeline California Pinot Noir, tastes precisely like Pinot Noir. It’s bright, focused, and clean, with hints of berry, and notes of stone fruit.
By highlighting the unique qualities of each varietal, Angeline resonates with critics and casual consumers alike. It wins awards and garners acclaim. But more importantly, Angeline is wine we want to drink. Enjoyed on a white tablecloth or on a picnic blanket, or with a cheese plate or cheeseburger, Angeline has range.