The Karakasevic family makes everything hands on and it shows in the quality of everything they bottle. A trip to “The Still on the Hill” on Spring Mountain above St. Helena is not to miss. You’re guaranteed to leave a life-long fan of both the family spirit and of course, the spirits that are produced in an artisan tradition that has now been passed down to a 13th generation.
|Marko carries on the 13 generation family tradition.|
Meanwhile, Susan studied the marketing aspects of the wine business. In 1983, Miles and Susan were ready to start making their own wines and brandy and built their own winery and distillery right beside the family home, and they haven’t stopped since. Charbay continues to be noted for its excellent brandy, named by Robb Report: Best of the Best, Spirits 2011. In 1998, Marko conceived the idea of Charbay's whole-fruit flavored vodka program which involves Marko himself making the 'Fresh Fruit Loop' driving six hours south to meet Charbay’s growers and load up the bins of whole Blood Oranges and Meyer Lemons... then on to the next stop for freshly picked and pressed California pomegranate juice. The reason why Charbay Vodkas taste like the real fruit?: “A.S.E.T.” a nickname for the extraction method that Marko and Miles use for the Charbay Vodkas. It stands for “Ancient Serbian Extraction Technique.” It means the whole fresh fruit is picked at the peak of ripeness and zoomed to the distillery, shredded whole, extracted and combined with Charbay’s award winning clear vodka. Marko also played the lead in introducing the newest spirit to be added to the list of Charbay’s distilled treasures, Charbay Tequila Blanco. Book a reservation at www.charbay.com before heading up the hill to enjoy a tasting and reserve a picnic table to enjoy a fresh cigar along with whatever wine or spirit you choose to savor.