ADDENDUM is a small, hands-on Napa winemaking endeavor from the seasoned Fess Parker family winemaking team. A standalone label, Addendum represents a unique opportunity for this well-established Santa Barbara County winery to make Bordeaux varietal wines, work side-by-side with committed Napa growers, and carry on the tradition of exploration and pioneering adventure embodied by Fess himself. After spending 30 years honing their expertise in Santa Barbara’s Burgundian and Rhone varieties, the second-generation Fess Parker family sought to build and expand upon Fess’s vision, leveraging their long-term relationships in order to tap into some of the most prestigious, established, and diverse vineyard holdings in Napa Valley.

The 2014 vintage marks the very first for the Addendum project and we are so excited to share the following wines with you today: 

  • 2014 Addendum 'Skellenger Lane' Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) -$95
  • 2014 Addendum 'Stagecoach Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak) -$95
  • 2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon -$90
  • 2014 Addendum 'Stagecoach Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah (Atlas Peak) -$80

Fess Parker’s name is synonymous with pioneering adventure and love of the land. From establishing his place at the forefront of Santa Barbara’s wine industry, starting one of the region’s most prominent wineries in 1989, to establishing world-class hotels that attracted new interest in the county, to of course his portrayals of beloved American TV and film characters such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. The Fess Parker family brand has forged ahead in Fess’s spirit, developing new programs under his original namesake label, expanding the Rhone varietal program under the Epiphany label, exploring traditional Champenoise method sparkling wine with the Fesstivity line, and the 2017 opening of the Bear & Star restaurant in the family’s Los Olivos eponymous Fess Parker Wine Country Inn. Adding Bordeaux varietal wines to the portfolio under the Addendum label is the next step inthe family’s evolution, and represents the first time they have pursued a quest that – to be successful – requires venturing beyond Santa Barbara County.

2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
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2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

VINEYARD SOURCE:
100% Rutherford AVA

COMPOSITION:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

COOPERAGE
Sylvain

BARREL AGING
Aged 28 months in 100% French oak, of which 100% is new 

TECHNICAL DATA:

Harvested- 10/10/14
Harvest Brix- 26.9 – 27.4
Alcohol- 14.9% abv
p.H.- 3.78
T.A. - 0.605 g/100ml
Bottled- 3/9/17
Production- 116 cases

2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak
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2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

VINEYARD SOURCE:
100% Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley

COMPOSITION:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

COOPERAGE:
Bossuet, Gamba

BARREL AGING:
Aged 28 months in 100% French oak,of which 40% is new

 TECHNICAL DATA:

Harvested- 10/10/14
Harvest Brix- 26.7
Alcohol- 14.9% abv
p.H. - 3.75
T.A. - 0.601 g/100ml
Bottled- 3/9/17
Production- 115 cases



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARD SOURCE:
67% Rutherford AVA
33% Stagecoach Vineyard

COMPOSITION:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

COOPERAGE:
Bossuet, Boutes, Gamba

BARREL AGING
28 months in 100% French oak, of which 67% is new

TECHNICAL DATA:

Harvested- 10/10/14
Harvest Brix- 26.7 – 27.4
Alcohol- 14.9% abv 
p.H.- 3.8 
T.A.- 0.597 g/100ml
Bottled- 3/8/17
Production- 276 cases

 

2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah  Atlas Peak
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2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Atlas Peak

VINEYARD SOURCE
100% Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley

COMPOSITION
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Syrah

COOPERAGE
Francois Freres

BARREL AGING
Aged 28 months in 100% French oak, of which 22% is new

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Harvested- 10/10/14
Harvest Brix- 24.3 – 26.7Alcohol-
p.H.- 14.9% abv
T.A. - 0.60 g/100ml
Bottled- 3/9/17
Production-  215 cases

 

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah  Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Atlas Peak

Tim Snider- President

Tim Snider- President
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Tim Snider- President

It wouldn't be stretching the truth to say that Tim Snider knows the wine business from the ground up. His first job in the industry was driving a tractor preparing the ground for his family's vineyard in Knight's Valley, Sonoma County, CA in 1985. For six summers Tim participated in the development of the Snider family’s vineyard working on wide ranging projects. Though Tim didn’t know it at the time, the summers spent in the vineyards would spark a lasting passion for the wine industry.

After graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, Tim embarked on a 7-1/2 year stint at the E&J Gallo Winery. During his tenure with Gallo, Tim was fortunate to gain broad industry experience starting at the bottom as a street sales person and culminating as Marketing Manager working on successful brands Ecco Domani and Marcelina. In between he served as a Regional Sales Manager in Northern California.

In September of 1999 Tim left Gallo to head up marketing and sales at Fess Parker Winery. In 2010, Tim was named President of the winery. Over the course of his time with the winery he has been instrumental in the growth and development of the family’s wine business. Tim is proud to be part of the creation and launch of the Fess Parker single-vineyard tier of wines, the boutique Rhone-focused brand, Epiphany, value brands Parker Station and Frontier Red, sparkling project Fesstivity and, most recently, Addendum, sourced from vineyards in Napa Valley.

In addition to his work at the winery, Tim has also served on the Boards of numerous organizations. Tim was President of the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association for three years, and was on the Advisory Board for both World of Pinot Noir and the Rabobank-Central California region. He is currently the President of Los Olivos Business Organization.

Tim lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Ashley Parker Snider. They have three children, two of whom have recently graduated from college and have started working in the wine business with an eye toward joining Fess Parker Winery. In his free time, Tim is an avid sports fan who also enjoys playing golf, basketball and, occasionally, the chance to sit behind a drum set.

Tim Snider- President

Tim Snider- President

Ashley Parker Snider - Owner

Ashley Parker Snider - Owner
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Ashley Parker Snider - Owner

While representing the Fess Parker Winery at consumer and trade events around the country the comment Ashley hears most often is “you know, I grew up with your dad.” It’s heartwarming to Ashley that even after her dad’s passing in March of 2010 people are still eager to share their memories of him.

Ashley is practically a Santa Barbara native having moved here at the age of three. She attended high school in Santa Barbara but chose to venture east to attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she graduated with a B.A. in English in 1986. A college internship in Washington D.C. led to a position as a Trip Coordinator in the Office of Presidential Advance following graduation. At the close of the Reagan Administration, Ashley took a position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development working in Jack Kemp’s Office of Public Affairs. Ultimately however, Ashley’s sense of family duty kicked in and she returned home to California to work in the family’s fledgling wine business, marry and start a family in 1991. Over the last 27 years Ashley has been involved in all facets of the sales and marketing functions of the winery. Ashley frequently travels to markets all across the country to work with the winery’s network of distributors and brokers, contributes regularly to the quarterly newsletter and helps coordinate special events and donations at the winery. She did take a two-year hiatus from the family business in 2010 when she took the position of Director of Admission and Public Relations at her alma mater, Bishop Diego High School.

In 2015 Ashley and her brother, Eli, launched a sparkling wine project called Fesstivity, which utilizes their long standing relationships with growers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Ashley led the design effort of the Los Olivos tasting room, affectionately known as the Bubble Shack, where the Fesstivity wines can be tasted and purchased.

Ashley is also working closely with Eli and the rest of the Fespar team to complete her father’s vision for the waterfront in Santa Barbara. Ashley and her husband Tim Snider are also enjoying watching their three children, Spencer (24), Greer (22) and Henry (18) grow and develop their own talents and interests.

Ashley is a former member of the Board of Directors of Direct Relief and currently serves on the boards of the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Life Chronicles and The Channel City Club. She is an avid tennis player and recovering golfer.

Ashley Parker Snider - Owner

Ashley Parker Snider - Owner

Eli Parker- CEO

Eli Parker- CEO
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Eli Parker- CEO

In December 1987, the Fess Parker family purchased a piece of ranch property in Santa Barbara County's Foxen Canyon, already the home of several outstanding wineries. The family's eventual foray into the wine business proved to be an important turning point in the professional life of Eli Parker. What began as a curious infatuation would later become a lifelong vocation as his innate winemaking talent was revealed.

In the early days Eli spent most of his time in the vineyard where he studied the farming side of winemaking. In addition, he worked in the cellar at Byron Winery during the 1987 harvest as well as augmenting his practical experience with several extension courses at U.C. Davis.

From 1989 through harvest of 1992 Eli continued his hands on education as assistant winemaker at the winery. 1993 Eli began a three-year apprenticeship with the critically acclaimed winemaker Jed Steele. As consulting enologist, Jed was a major influence as Eli developed his signature style. Eli's first harvest at the helm was in 1996 and shortly thereafter he assumed the responsibilities of President of the winery.

Under Eli's leadership the winery has received lavish praise and awards from wine critics and competitions alike. The Boston Globe named his 1993 Santa Barbara County Syrah “one of the best five Syrahs in the world” and his Rhone and Burgundian wines continued to average 90+ point accolades through his tenure. Eli has more recently overseen the rapid expansion of the winery's vineyard holdings. By the end of year 2000, Fess Parker Winery was farming over 600 acres of vineyards on four different sites in Santa Barbara County. As Director of Vineyard Operations, Eli has led the decision making concerning varietal selection which will fuel the growth of the winery while maintaining the established quality of the Fess Parker brand.

Since promoting Blair Fox to Head Winemaker in 2005, Eli has taken on the role of CEO for the family’s parent company, Fespar. He launched a hotel management company, H. Parker Hospitality as well as the Fessitvity label in 2015. Despite moving to Santa Barbara a few years ago Eli is still a strong presence in the valley and his love of the wine business has never waned. Eli has five daughters and three sons. He lives just down the road from the winery and needless to say his life revolves around the world of wine. 

Eli Parker- CEO

Eli Parker- CEO

Blair Fox- Winemaker

Blair Fox- Winemaker
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Blair Fox- Winemaker

Winemaker Blair Fox relies on simple winemaking practices while lavishing in the detail. His goal is to fashion expressive yet balanced wines that represent the very best of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Graduating from UC Davis in 1999 with a combined degree in Viticulture and Enology, Blair gained winemaking experience at Sunstone Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley (1999-2001), as a vineyard consultant for Fess Parker Winery’s 2002 harvest, and at Haselgrove Winery in McLaren Vale, Australia (2003).

Blair traveled extensively through France’s Rhône Valley, developing a passion for the terroir-driven wines of Cote Rotie, L’Hermitage and Condrieu before returning to his hometown of Santa Barbara. He then permanently joined Fess Parker Winery  Vineyard as Associate Winemaker, overseeing the Rhône varietal wines until 2005, when Eli Parker handed Blair the Head Winemaker reins, for both Fess Parker Winery as well as the family’s Epiphany Cellars project.

Since then, Blair has taken the Fess Parker portfolio from strength to strength,achieving numerous 94+ scores from the top wine publications, and earning the Andre Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year Award to boot (from the San Francisco International Wine Competition). With his Davis education, numerous accolades and genial personality, Blair has a cadre of esteemed winemaker friends in Napa, many of whom have encouraged his role in the Addendum project and regularly help check in on the vineyards for him when he is in Santa Barbara.

“Having focused on the winery’s estate Burgundy and Rhône varietal vineyards, I’m thrilled to craft the Bordeaux varietal ‘Addendum’ to our portfolio,” said Blair. “The vineyards and clonal selection of the Napa vineyards from which we source are of such high quality, and the Parkers are a great family to work for.”

Blair continues the stylistic direction set by Fess and Eli Parker when capturing the terroir of the vineyards. He aims to continue raising the bar for award-winning Fess Parker wines with the Addendum project.

Aside from Addendum, Blair’s benchmark Cabernets are Penfolds Bin 707, Chateau Montrose, Sociando-Mallet, Dunn Howell Mountain and older Chateau Montelena.

Blair Fox- Winemaker

Blair Fox- Winemaker

2014 Skellenger Lane Cab
2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
2014 Addendum Stagecoach Cab
2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak
2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cab
2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Addendum Stagecoach Cab/S
2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Atlas Peak
Tim Snider- President
Tim Snider- President
Ashley Parker Snider- Owner
Ashley Parker Snider - Owner
Eli Parker- CEO
Eli Parker- CEO
Blair Fox- Winemaker
Blair Fox- Winemaker

2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
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2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

VINEYARD SOURCE:
100% Rutherford AVA

COMPOSITION:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

COOPERAGE
Sylvain

BARREL AGING
Aged 28 months in 100% French oak, of which 100% is new 

TECHNICAL DATA:

Harvested- 10/10/14
Harvest Brix- 26.9 – 27.4
Alcohol- 14.9% abv
p.H.- 3.78
T.A. - 0.605 g/100ml
Bottled- 3/9/17
Production- 116 cases

2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2014 Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak
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2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

VINEYARD SOURCE:
100% Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley

COMPOSITION:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

COOPERAGE:
Bossuet, Gamba

BARREL AGING:
Aged 28 months in 100% French oak,of which 40% is new

 TECHNICAL DATA:

Harvested- 10/10/14
Harvest Brix- 26.7
Alcohol- 14.9% abv
p.H. - 3.75
T.A. - 0.601 g/100ml
Bottled- 3/9/17
Production- 115 cases



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARD SOURCE:
67% Rutherford AVA
33% Stagecoach Vineyard

COMPOSITION:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

COOPERAGE:
Bossuet, Boutes, Gamba

BARREL AGING
28 months in 100% French oak, of which 67% is new

TECHNICAL DATA:

Harvested- 10/10/14
Harvest Brix- 26.7 – 27.4
Alcohol- 14.9% abv 
p.H.- 3.8 
T.A.- 0.597 g/100ml
Bottled- 3/8/17
Production- 276 cases

 

2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah  Atlas Peak
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2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Atlas Peak

VINEYARD SOURCE
100% Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley

COMPOSITION
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Syrah

COOPERAGE
Francois Freres

BARREL AGING
Aged 28 months in 100% French oak, of which 22% is new

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Harvested- 10/10/14
Harvest Brix- 24.3 – 26.7Alcohol-
p.H.- 14.9% abv
T.A. - 0.60 g/100ml
Bottled- 3/9/17
Production-  215 cases

 

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah  Atlas Peak

2014 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Atlas Peak

Tim Snider- President

Tim Snider- President
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Tim Snider- President

It wouldn't be stretching the truth to say that Tim Snider knows the wine business from the ground up. His first job in the industry was driving a tractor preparing the ground for his family's vineyard in Knight's Valley, Sonoma County, CA in 1985. For six summers Tim participated in the development of the Snider family’s vineyard working on wide ranging projects. Though Tim didn’t know it at the time, the summers spent in the vineyards would spark a lasting passion for the wine industry.

After graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, Tim embarked on a 7-1/2 year stint at the E&J Gallo Winery. During his tenure with Gallo, Tim was fortunate to gain broad industry experience starting at the bottom as a street sales person and culminating as Marketing Manager working on successful brands Ecco Domani and Marcelina. In between he served as a Regional Sales Manager in Northern California.

In September of 1999 Tim left Gallo to head up marketing and sales at Fess Parker Winery. In 2010, Tim was named President of the winery. Over the course of his time with the winery he has been instrumental in the growth and development of the family’s wine business. Tim is proud to be part of the creation and launch of the Fess Parker single-vineyard tier of wines, the boutique Rhone-focused brand, Epiphany, value brands Parker Station and Frontier Red, sparkling project Fesstivity and, most recently, Addendum, sourced from vineyards in Napa Valley.

In addition to his work at the winery, Tim has also served on the Boards of numerous organizations. Tim was President of the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association for three years, and was on the Advisory Board for both World of Pinot Noir and the Rabobank-Central California region. He is currently the President of Los Olivos Business Organization.

Tim lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Ashley Parker Snider. They have three children, two of whom have recently graduated from college and have started working in the wine business with an eye toward joining Fess Parker Winery. In his free time, Tim is an avid sports fan who also enjoys playing golf, basketball and, occasionally, the chance to sit behind a drum set.

Tim Snider- President

Tim Snider- President

Ashley Parker Snider - Owner

Ashley Parker Snider - Owner
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Ashley Parker Snider - Owner

While representing the Fess Parker Winery at consumer and trade events around the country the comment Ashley hears most often is “you know, I grew up with your dad.” It’s heartwarming to Ashley that even after her dad’s passing in March of 2010 people are still eager to share their memories of him.

Ashley is practically a Santa Barbara native having moved here at the age of three. She attended high school in Santa Barbara but chose to venture east to attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she graduated with a B.A. in English in 1986. A college internship in Washington D.C. led to a position as a Trip Coordinator in the Office of Presidential Advance following graduation. At the close of the Reagan Administration, Ashley took a position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development working in Jack Kemp’s Office of Public Affairs. Ultimately however, Ashley’s sense of family duty kicked in and she returned home to California to work in the family’s fledgling wine business, marry and start a family in 1991. Over the last 27 years Ashley has been involved in all facets of the sales and marketing functions of the winery. Ashley frequently travels to markets all across the country to work with the winery’s network of distributors and brokers, contributes regularly to the quarterly newsletter and helps coordinate special events and donations at the winery. She did take a two-year hiatus from the family business in 2010 when she took the position of Director of Admission and Public Relations at her alma mater, Bishop Diego High School.

In 2015 Ashley and her brother, Eli, launched a sparkling wine project called Fesstivity, which utilizes their long standing relationships with growers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Ashley led the design effort of the Los Olivos tasting room, affectionately known as the Bubble Shack, where the Fesstivity wines can be tasted and purchased.

Ashley is also working closely with Eli and the rest of the Fespar team to complete her father’s vision for the waterfront in Santa Barbara. Ashley and her husband Tim Snider are also enjoying watching their three children, Spencer (24), Greer (22) and Henry (18) grow and develop their own talents and interests.

Ashley is a former member of the Board of Directors of Direct Relief and currently serves on the boards of the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Life Chronicles and The Channel City Club. She is an avid tennis player and recovering golfer.

Ashley Parker Snider - Owner

Ashley Parker Snider - Owner

Eli Parker- CEO

Eli Parker- CEO
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Eli Parker- CEO

In December 1987, the Fess Parker family purchased a piece of ranch property in Santa Barbara County's Foxen Canyon, already the home of several outstanding wineries. The family's eventual foray into the wine business proved to be an important turning point in the professional life of Eli Parker. What began as a curious infatuation would later become a lifelong vocation as his innate winemaking talent was revealed.

In the early days Eli spent most of his time in the vineyard where he studied the farming side of winemaking. In addition, he worked in the cellar at Byron Winery during the 1987 harvest as well as augmenting his practical experience with several extension courses at U.C. Davis.

From 1989 through harvest of 1992 Eli continued his hands on education as assistant winemaker at the winery. 1993 Eli began a three-year apprenticeship with the critically acclaimed winemaker Jed Steele. As consulting enologist, Jed was a major influence as Eli developed his signature style. Eli's first harvest at the helm was in 1996 and shortly thereafter he assumed the responsibilities of President of the winery.

Under Eli's leadership the winery has received lavish praise and awards from wine critics and competitions alike. The Boston Globe named his 1993 Santa Barbara County Syrah “one of the best five Syrahs in the world” and his Rhone and Burgundian wines continued to average 90+ point accolades through his tenure. Eli has more recently overseen the rapid expansion of the winery's vineyard holdings. By the end of year 2000, Fess Parker Winery was farming over 600 acres of vineyards on four different sites in Santa Barbara County. As Director of Vineyard Operations, Eli has led the decision making concerning varietal selection which will fuel the growth of the winery while maintaining the established quality of the Fess Parker brand.

Since promoting Blair Fox to Head Winemaker in 2005, Eli has taken on the role of CEO for the family’s parent company, Fespar. He launched a hotel management company, H. Parker Hospitality as well as the Fessitvity label in 2015. Despite moving to Santa Barbara a few years ago Eli is still a strong presence in the valley and his love of the wine business has never waned. Eli has five daughters and three sons. He lives just down the road from the winery and needless to say his life revolves around the world of wine. 

Eli Parker- CEO

Eli Parker- CEO

Blair Fox- Winemaker

Blair Fox- Winemaker
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Blair Fox- Winemaker

Winemaker Blair Fox relies on simple winemaking practices while lavishing in the detail. His goal is to fashion expressive yet balanced wines that represent the very best of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Graduating from UC Davis in 1999 with a combined degree in Viticulture and Enology, Blair gained winemaking experience at Sunstone Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley (1999-2001), as a vineyard consultant for Fess Parker Winery’s 2002 harvest, and at Haselgrove Winery in McLaren Vale, Australia (2003).

Blair traveled extensively through France’s Rhône Valley, developing a passion for the terroir-driven wines of Cote Rotie, L’Hermitage and Condrieu before returning to his hometown of Santa Barbara. He then permanently joined Fess Parker Winery  Vineyard as Associate Winemaker, overseeing the Rhône varietal wines until 2005, when Eli Parker handed Blair the Head Winemaker reins, for both Fess Parker Winery as well as the family’s Epiphany Cellars project.

Since then, Blair has taken the Fess Parker portfolio from strength to strength,achieving numerous 94+ scores from the top wine publications, and earning the Andre Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year Award to boot (from the San Francisco International Wine Competition). With his Davis education, numerous accolades and genial personality, Blair has a cadre of esteemed winemaker friends in Napa, many of whom have encouraged his role in the Addendum project and regularly help check in on the vineyards for him when he is in Santa Barbara.

“Having focused on the winery’s estate Burgundy and Rhône varietal vineyards, I’m thrilled to craft the Bordeaux varietal ‘Addendum’ to our portfolio,” said Blair. “The vineyards and clonal selection of the Napa vineyards from which we source are of such high quality, and the Parkers are a great family to work for.”

Blair continues the stylistic direction set by Fess and Eli Parker when capturing the terroir of the vineyards. He aims to continue raising the bar for award-winning Fess Parker wines with the Addendum project.

Aside from Addendum, Blair’s benchmark Cabernets are Penfolds Bin 707, Chateau Montrose, Sociando-Mallet, Dunn Howell Mountain and older Chateau Montelena.

Blair Fox- Winemaker

Blair Fox- Winemaker

Addendum Cabernet Sauvignon Preview

Hello and welcome to Charles Communications Associates' Brandlive event with Addendum, the Fess Parker family's new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon project! President Tim Snider, Winemaker Blair Fox and Owner Ashley Parker Snider will guide us through the following wines:
  • 2014 Addendum 'Skellenger Lane' Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) 
  • 2014 Addendum 'Stagecoach Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak) 
  • 2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • 2014 Addendum 'Stagecoach Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah (Atlas Peak) 
To learn more about Addendum and the Fess Parker Family portfolio please visit www.addendumwines.com and follow @AddendumByFess & @FollowFess on Twitter or @addendumwinesbyfess & @fessparkerwinery on Instagram. The hastag for this tasting will be #AddendumFessParker. We also welcome you to follow @CharlesComm and use the hashtag #alltheswirl.
ADDENDUM is a small, hands-on Napa winemaking endeavor from the seasoned Fess Parker family winemaking team. A standalone label, Addendum represents a unique opportunity for this well-established Santa Barbara County winery to make Bordeaux varietal wines, work side-by-side with committed Napa growers, and carry on the tradition of exploration and pioneering adventure embodied by Fess himself. After spending 30 years honing their expertise in Santa Barbara’s Burgundian and Rhone varieties, the second-generation Fess Parker family sought to build and expand upon Fess’s vision, leveraging their long-term relationships in order to tap into some of the most prestigious, established, and diverse vineyard holdings in Napa Valley.

The 2014 vintage marks the very first for the Addendum project and we are so excited to share the following wines with you today: 

  • 2014 Addendum 'Skellenger Lane' Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) -$95
  • 2014 Addendum 'Stagecoach Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak) -$95
  • 2014 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon -$90
  • 2014 Addendum 'Stagecoach Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah (Atlas Peak) -$80

Fess Parker’s name is synonymous with pioneering adventure and love of the land. From establishing his place at the forefront of Santa Barbara’s wine industry, starting one of the region’s most prominent wineries in 1989, to establishing world-class hotels that attracted new interest in the county, to of course his portrayals of beloved American TV and film characters such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. The Fess Parker family brand has forged ahead in Fess’s spirit, developing new programs under his original namesake label, expanding the Rhone varietal program under the Epiphany label, exploring traditional Champenoise method sparkling wine with the Fesstivity line, and the 2017 opening of the Bear & Star restaurant in the family’s Los Olivos eponymous Fess Parker Wine Country Inn. Adding Bordeaux varietal wines to the portfolio under the Addendum label is the next step inthe family’s evolution, and represents the first time they have pursued a quest that – to be successful – requires venturing beyond Santa Barbara County.
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