An Exploration of the Loire in California with Kim & Tyler Elwell

An Exploration of the Loire in California with Kim & Tyler Elwell

Having been dubbed “The best of the Loire in California,” by Wine Access and “…what Beyonce sees when she closes her eyes,” by Marissa Ross of Bon Appetit, Kim & Tyler Elwell, the founders & winemakers of Halcyon Wines, are exploring Cabernet Franc that is born and bred in California and paired with a love for the Loire.

Santa Barbara-bred Tyler and Napa Valley-native Kim launched Halcyon Wines in 2013 after Tyler discovered an intriguing Cabernet Franc vineyard along the Central Coast—a varietal he always dreamed of working with. In his 15 years of winemaking experience, Tyler has produced some of the most critically acclaimed wine as Assistant Winemaker at world-renowned Tablas Creek Vineyard and Provenance in Napa Valley. Tyler recently graduated with an Executive MBA in Wine Business through Sonoma State and is helping to develop new brands and reinvigorate legacy brands.

Kim Elwell is a PR and marketing expert with nearly a decade of experience serving celebrity, hospitality, and food/wine clients throughout the Bay Area and beyond—most notably managing Bob Weir's (Grateful Dead) recording studio, TRI Studios in Marin, California. Kim works full-time as Account Director for The James Collective, a boutique PR and marketing agency based in wine country and New York City.

Together the Elwells combine their deep-rooted love of wine and California, bringing you a nouveau take on California Cabernet Franc.

In this episode we mention…
Halcyon Wines
Tyler graduating with his Executive MBA in Wine Business from Sonoma State University
Nom de Guerre, Tyler’s new label
Boojee, Kim’s new label

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