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Crawford & Son and Lede Family Vineyards

Lede Family Vineyards

Lede Family Vineyards was established in 2002 when Canadian born Bordeaux enthusiast, Cliff Lede, acquired a sixty acre estate in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. With a focus on producing wines from estate vineyards, Lede tapped David Abreu, considered the best viticulturist in Napa Valley, to replant the vineyards. Lede decided to name each vineyard block after some of his favorite rock songs and albums—from “My Generation” to “Dark Side of the Moon,” creating what is known today as the Cliff Lede Vineyards “Rock Blocks.” In 2005, a state of the art, 25,000 square foot winery and cave system was etched into a hillside overlooking the estate vineyards. Not only did Cliff create a beautiful property, he also assembled an unrivalled team that shares his passion for quality. Today, Winemaker Christopher Tynan crafts Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, with the flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the steep eastern hillside portion of the estate. In 2015, Cliff Lede Vineyards achieved both Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery certification.

In January 2016, Jason Lede joined Lede Family Vineyards as sales manager in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, and FEL Wines of the Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast. In his role, Jason manages sales in several domestic markets and represents Lede Family Wines at trade and consumer wine events throughout the US and Canada. Jason knows the Lede Family Wines portfolio intimately. The son of Cliff Lede, Jason was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, and spent his teenage summers in Napa. He had the opportunity to work harvest at the winery in 2007, one of the greatest vintages on record in California.

Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of San Francisco, Jason sought out positions at other wine-related companies to broaden his knowledge of the industry. He traveled to the McClaren Vale region of Australia in 2010 to work in production at Mollydooker and to learn the agricultural side of winemaking. He then transitioned to operations, working in the Alberta wine market for three years in wholesale, importation, distribution and retail. Jason completed his M.B.A. at University of Alberta in the spring of 2015.  Jason is a member of the International Sommelier Guild and holds a level two certification. When he is not exploring the different wine regions of the world, he enjoys watching hockey, discovering new craft beers, and listening to hip hop.

www.cliffledevineyards.com 

 

Crawford & Sons

Crawford & Son will be the first in a string of new projects that will be housed under the newly-formed Crawford Hospitality Group. Scott Crawford said the 60-seat eatery, which opened in October in the former Piebird location, is a “representation of all those things that are most important to me: family, community, neighborhood and seasonality.”

The neighborhood theme was something the four-time James Beard semi-finalist returned to again and again in a recent interview. “I look for those neighborhood places when I travel, like Estela (in New York City),” he said. “It’s rare to find warm, friendly hospitality, and we are committed to that.”

Crawford delivers that hospitality with the team he has assembled. Anthony Guerra, whose family owned the now-closed Bella Mia, a highly-rated coal-fired pizza restaurant in Cary, will come on board as the general manager. Crawford and his family were regulars at Bella Mia. Guerra went onto work at An Cuisines in Cary, Standard Foods and is making pizza again at the recently opened Tre Forni in Durham.

Chef de cuisine Bret Edlund will reprise his role at Crawford & Son, as will pastry chef Krystle Swenson. “My work with Bret and Krystle has really just scratched the surface,” Crawford said. “We made something very special, and we plan to continue that.”

www.crawfordandsonrestaurant.com

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