En Garde Winery focuses on small production Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from the mountains of Napa, limited production, club exclusive wines
occasionally available. Their wines are prized for having lush mouthfeel, fragrant complexity and being age worthy: "The wine shows ... a fragrant complexity that seems something this winery obtains routinely. This should drink well for 15-20 years." --Robert Parker
Csaba Szakál is the proprietor and winemaker of En Garde Winery. His approach to winemaking comes from being a
4th generation winemaker, originally from Hungary, and is a mix of old-world tradition and new-world innovation. Csaba has a deep passion Sonoma County Russian River coastal pinot noir and
high-elevation cabernet sauvignon from three Napa Valley mountaintop American Viticultural Areas.
Szakál was raised in the vineyard and learned the trade from his father István, and grandfather Béla. His talent and interest in mathematics and economy made him rebel against family traditions
and he become a computer engineer. His career brought him to the Silicon Valley where he met his future wife Sandra Scott. She grew up in the heart of Sonoma wine country and she introduced Szakál to
her "friends with grapes". They made the first few vintages in their garage and after many awards and gold medals in amateur wine competitions and encouragements from family and friends Szakál and
Scott made that leap of faith and established En Garde. Szakál gave up his career in computers and reached back to his roots to do what he was truly was meant to do on Earth: make wine. Their
inaugural wine was the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from the top of Diamond Mountain received 95 points and CELLAR SELECTION designation from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Photo by Chris Hardy.