Catch & Release was started in 2019 by Beno and Monica Stewart.

The project serves as an outlet for creative expression, partnership, and an opportunity to support those who choose to farm in a conscious manner. The aim is to make serious wines without taking ourselves too seriously, the previous two sentences notwithstanding. We hope you dig em!

  • Beno Stewart of Catch & Release Wines holding up organic Zinfandel grapes.
  • Beno & Monica Stewart of Catch & Release Wines holding organic Zinfandel Rosé
  • Beno Stewart of Catch & Release Wines biting into organic grapes in a vineyard.
  • Monica Stewart of Catch & Release Wines sorting grapes in picking bins.

Our Process

Heavy handed winemaking leads to simple wines. The difference is in the details, so this is where we choose to spend our time.

  • Sourcing

    We’re not farmers, but we work with some pretty good ones! Our fruit comes from select organic or biodynamically farmed vineyards, that range from deep Mendocino to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Raw materials are at the core of Catch & Release.

  • Cellar

    Our sourcing allows for
    a simple approach in the cellar. All wines are fermented natively, and the only additive we use is S02. We see sulfur as an effective tool, and work with it in a deliberate, not prescriptive manner.

  • Bottling & Releases

    We bottle unfined & unfiltered to preserve the raw living nature of the wines. We release wine twice a year - Spring & Fall. Each release will feature some younger more playful wines, as well as a handful of extended elevage wines.