|Tommy Smothers, owner of Remick Ridge
Vineyards and Smothers Winery, is proud of the fine wines produced at his
ranch in Kenwood, California.
Dick Smothers originally purchased
property in the Santa Cruz area in 1974 and three years later the Smothers
Winery produced its first wine.
“My grandfather, Ed Remick, and I looked for property together,” Tom
explains. “We looked in Napa, we looked everywhere. When we looked at this
place in the hills of Sonoma Valley, Grandpa stuck out a finger and said,
‘This is it! This is it!’”
Originally the winery was called Smothers Brothers, but I changed the
name to Remick Ridge because when people heard Smothers Brothers wine,
they thought something like Milton Berle Fine Wine or Larry, Curly and Mo
Vineyards,” Tom explains.
Established in 1977, Remick Ridge is a highly regarded vineyard planted
with 50 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaster, Richard Arrowood makes all of the wines exclusively from
the grapes grown at Remick Ridge. About 500 cases are produced each year.
The wine is 100% varietal, unfiltered and unfined.
Awards include a gold medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for the
’91 Cabernet Sauvignon, a bronze for the ’90, and a silver for the ’89.
The 1992 Merlot was rated a 91 by Anthony Dias Blue, noted wine critic of
the San Jose Mercury News and Bon Appetit magazine.
San Francisco’s Bay Café, hosted by Joey Altman, produced a television
show highlighting Tommy’s wines and his vineyards; the program won a
prestigious James Beard Award in 2001. Other shows that have been produced
at Remick Ridge Ranch are Julie Child, Good Morning America, Bill Bogg’s
Corner Table, PBS’ Cooking with Harry, and Lifestyles of the Rich and
Famous. The vineyards have even appeared in an episode of Seinfeld.
Feature articles have appeared in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and
In 1985, Tom built a tasting room in Kenwood on Highway 12, which now
houses six small premium Sonoma Valley wineries and is called The Wine
Tommy Smothers says, “Making wine is so close to show business. Wine
like comedy, is subjective. Either people like your wine—or your songs, or
your comedy—or they don’t. Each is a creative process and you’re only as
good as your last effort.”