Valley micro climate is outstanding, allowing time for the grapes to
mature naturally without concern for rain, unlike coastal growers. We
custom crush our grapes in Lodi after harvesting vineyards on Toulumne
and Dry Creek area.
We take time
to produce and age our wines and allow for maximum "hang time" needed
by seeds and stems to mature from green to a nice toasty brown,
ensuring optimum flavors and firm, smooth tannins. All these
factors contribute to the outstanding final product.
71% of all California grapes
are grown in the Central Valley, and as a board member of the San
Joaquin Valley Wine Grape Growers Association, we fully recognize and
support our area as one of the finest grape producing areas in the
world proven by the fact that a number of valley wineries are
recognized for their World Class Wine status as is Silkwood Wines.
As the Past-President of PS
I Love You (a Petite Sirah advocacy group), I am pleased to report we
received 94 and 96 point scores in competition with our Petite Sirah
from our peers. Silkwood Wines is an enthusiastic supporter of the
Petite Sirah varietal. We hope you enjoy Silkwood as much as Judie and
John & Judie Monnich
Owner/Winemaker Silkwood Wines, Monnich Family World Class Wines
Wines, in Modesto, California, produces World Class fine wines from
Syrah, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Alicante Bouschet, and Cabernet
Sauvignon grapes. All bottles feature a unique velvet label that
represents the smooth and rich profile of the wines.
Wines began life in 1979 with a Chardonnay produced at Spring Mountain
Winery in St. Helena. This Chardonnay won great reviews and was
served frequently in the Reagan White House. President Reagan, Ed
Meiss, Michael Dever and George Bush also served it and transported it
aboard Air Force One to French, Canadian, and Mexico Summits. My
grandfather produced Alicante Bouschet until phyloxera wiped out the
vines. He planted rice, which controlled the pest and made eight
barrels a year from a few vines of AB and Muscat. My family
continues to produce rice in Northern California.
We lost our
winemaker in 1982 and the “prominent” replacement did not
compare. Ultimately, we closed down the company. Along the
way, we farmed 540 acres in Modesto for the Jesuits of Novitiate Winery
in Los Gatos, plus perennial crops of our own.
John and Judie Monnich
Current owners of Silkwood Wines
Silkwood in 1988 with small lots of Petite Sirah. This production
continued at St. Helena in Rombauers Winery for a number of years until
a catastrophic fire wiped out our complete inventory including the ’98
Petite Sirah bottled the previous day. Our 99’ Petite Sirah was
awarded the Best Wine from the Napa Valley in 2002 by the California
State Fair. We restarted Silkwood for the third time with a
business partner in the Modesto area. We encouraged him to plant
Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet. Current production is
approximately 10,000 cases per year. We ship to 21 states, Japan,
and Hong Kong.
have consistently received numerous double gold and gold medals
including Best in California for our Petite Sirah and two 98
points/Best in Region for our 04’ Syrah. Japan Airlines
recognized our Syrah, and we were the only US red wine to fly JAL First
Class for 5 years!
consultant to the White House said to me, “John - I have only one thing
to say: Your wines are mature, your wines are mature, your wines
are mature.” Our wines are made with attention, care, and
passion. Again, we take the time required to naturally produce
fine wine. If we didn't, maybe we couldn’t sell it, and we'd have
to drink it all ourselves!