Frank Family Vineyards
Iconic Napa Valley Winery with a Worthy Cause
Thirty Years of Remarkable Wines and Strong Community Values
Rich and Leslie Frank are two people whose personalities are bigger than life, and so is the winery they founded, Frank Family Vineyards. Rich’s career included decades as head of Paramount Studios and President of Disney Studios. Leslie’s career spanned decades as an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and news anchor. In their own way, they captured our emotions by bringing news, tears, sorrow, joy, and laughter into our homes and theatres throughout America. And, for the last 30 years, Frank Family Vineyards has brought joy to wine lovers throughout the country through their consistently remarkable wines and strong community values.
Frank Family Vineyards is a leader in Napa Valley. Their slogan “great wine happens every day” is a concept rooted in the winery’s promise to make every guest experience the best – a sense of slowing down and enjoying the best things in life: family, fine wine, and connection with place. This philosophy is instilled from the top down, from Rich and Leslie’s welcoming hospitality and steadfast community involvement. The Hollywood-turned-wine-country duo have left an indelible mark on Napa Valley throughout the years and continue to do so.
Your visit to Frank Family Vineyards will be an experience to remember. There are three tastings to choose from, each with its own focus, such as the Wines of Winston Hill Tasting which explores single-vineyard versatility from Frank Family’s iconic Rutherford estate. Sipping their estate-driven wines, you will learn the history of this unique property, which houses the third oldest winery in Napa Valley. It’s one thing to grow great grapes and produce great wine, however when you blend the art, science, and passion of winemaking with sharing and preserving Napa Valley history, that becomes extra-special. Simply put, a visit and tasting at Frank Family Vineyards will create memories that will last a lifetime, and I speak from personal experience.
Frank for a Cause
During their respective careers, Leslie and Rich Frank were constantly engaged in “community.” Leslie first started serving the community through her poignant reporting of the news and major events (such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11), where she reported firsthand, and Rich was a steward for bringing laughter and tears on both the big and home screen with shows and films such as Happy Days, the Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and many others. Today, Frank Family Vineyards continues to honor its founders’ philanthropic ethos by raising funds to support local and national charities covering a variety of causes, from health research to hunger relief and animal welfare.
The Frank for a Cause charitable giving campaign was founded in 2018. Annually, a different charity is chosen to partner with, and this year it is K9s FOR WARRIORS. Providing trained service dogs for military veterans suffering from service-related trauma (such as PTSD), this organization not only saves dogs at risk of being abandoned or euthanized but helps improve the lives of our American heroes. This is a project dear to Rich Frank’s heart, in honoring his own father, Hy Frank, a World War II veteran. “Rich and I have cared for and loved many dogs over the years, from Winston, his English Springer Spaniel who was the namesake of our original vineyard estate, to Magnum, our beloved German Shephard rescue and official winery greeter,” says Leslie Frank.
“Every employee has a special place in their heart for rescue dogs at Frank Family, so it was only natural to have a philanthropic avenue to support them and the American veteran community.”– Leslie Frank
During the month of November, 20% of proceeds from Frank Family’s 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and limited-edition plush dog toys will be contributed to support this philanthropic organization. Not only will proceeds from winery sales be donated, but additionally there will be a nationwide program with Frank Family’s retail and restaurant partners throughout the United States. So, look for restaurants and retailers featuring Frank Family Napa Cabernet and Carneros Chardonnay and be a part of this communal effort to help veterans who have been such an integral part of our country’s heritage. And, when you see these wines on a wine list, please order a glass and toast our veterans. Supporters of this campaign are also invited to get involved by using #FRANKFORACAUSE when sharing photos of your own four-legged hero on social media.
A Winning Combination
As iconic as Frank Family Vineyards is to Napa Valley, the Monopoly board game is to the world, so it’s only fitting the two have partnered together on the latest edition of this popular board game. Frank Family Vineyards is one of the historic wineries featured in the new “Monopoly Napa Valley” Limited Edition, and just in time for the holidays! Instead of buying properties such as Boardwalk and Park Place, the Napa edition allows you to acquire Napa wineries, world-class Napa restaurants, cultural sites and more! Learn about Napa the fun way with family and friends, while sipping a glass of Frank Family Vineyards wine. “Like classic Cabernet vintages, Monopoly transcends generations, and we are honored to have such a prominent position on this new board that Napa Valley wine lovers and game collectors will cherish for years to come,” says Rich Frank.
Pick up your board from the Frank Family tasting room or their online wine shop www.frankfamilyvineyards.com, Amazon.com, www.toptrumps.us (American division of Winning Moves International, creators of classic games & puzzles, under license from Hasbro), and CVS.
Frank Family Fun facts
• The property was originally purchasedin 1892 by Lillie Hitchcock Coit(of Coit Tower fame).
• The gazebo and bell at the entrance of Frank Family remain from Ms. Coit’s private train station on the property.
• The Historic Stone Building on property was built in 1884 and appears on the National Register of Historical Places and listed as a Point of Historical Interest in the state of California.
• Frank Family Vineyards opened in 1993, and will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2023
• Award-winning BUBBLES! Frank Family produces four different styles of sparkling wine, in the traditional “méthode champenoise.” Several of these are still hand riddled during production.
• As of 2022 the Frank Family winery became 100% renewable energy powered.
• Winemaker and General Manager Todd Graff celebrated 20 years at Frank Family in 2022
Since its founding, Frank Family Vineyards has consistently received awards for their remarkable wines and world-class hospitality, and this year is no exception:
• “Best Napa Valley Winery” – Napa Valley Life Magazine 2022
• “Best Napa Winemaker” – Napa Valley Life Magazine 2022
• “Best White Wine” – Napa Valley Register 2022
• “Best Napa Winery” – Napa Valley Register 2022
However, the most important accolade of all, are the guests that come for the first time, and come again. As Leslie says:
“Tasting delicious wines in an informative and hospitable setting is what we strive for every day.”
See for yourself, they have definitely achieved that! Visit Frank Family Vineyards and experience where great wine, great times, and great memories are made.