Tre Amici: perfecting the art of the cutting board.

Here at the Verismo Estate, we have a world class wood shop that Frank and our resident artist Sandi Crist utilize to create works of art that double as functional serving and cutting boards. If you have had the privilege of participating in one of our garden and wood-shop tours, then you are aware of how special this place is. Frank sources exotic woods from across the globe such as purple heart, zebra wood, lace wood, and osage orange to name a few, to create their one-of-a-kind cutting boards.


Tre Amici is Italian for three friends, and was formed by Frank, Larry, and Sandi. They originally began making exotic wooden cutting boards as a hobby, but as their work got out there and orders started coming in, they turned it into a small business. Cutting boards became a launch pad for other designs such as custom lazy susans, cigar ash trays, wine stands, and furniture. View some of their work in our gallery below and if you would like to schedule a tour or if you are interested in your own custom project please fill out the following form:


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Stay tuned for updates on what the Tre Amici are creating. In our next blog post I will discuss their process and inspiration behind their cutting boards and other creations.

And as always, thank you for being a part of our story.


Spring Wine Club

Being able to reconnect with club members makes wine club season one of our favorite times of the year! We consider our wine club family, and we have built an exclusive club based off this truth and principle. Being a young brand, we are reaching very important milestones along our fresh journey, so it is fun to be able to share progress made with everybody as we continue to grow. By recently receiving great scores from Robert Parker and participating in Premiere Napa Valley, we have built a bit of momentum heading into this year that we plan on taking advantage of. We are pleased to announce that our Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are now on the menu at Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse in Napa, and you can now buy our Chardonnay at Mill Valley Market in downtown Mill Valley, located in the heart of Marin County. We have a lot of exciting plans in the works for this year that we look forward to sharing with you as they develop. In this spring wine club we are releasing our 2014 Essere Franco Cabernet Sauvignon. With it’s dense purple color, this Coombsville Cab exudes dark berries and is lush, intense, and pure. The early reviews are in, and they are great! Thank you for visiting our blog, and by being a part of our story.

Breaking Bud

Our Petit Verdot in Oak Knoll is starting to experience signs of bud break, an exciting but potentially nerve wrecking time as this is still considered early and a few frosty nights could be in the forecast in the next few weeks. If you are driving up valley and hear what might be a struggling small airplane near your car, fear not, it is most likely farmers testing their frost fans. The warm weather we experienced in February helped kick our vines into spring mode and it seemed that all of us in the valley were scrambling to prune in time for early bud break. We are in the hands of Mother Nature at this point, and with early bud break comes early bloom, leaving the door open for a higher risk of wind and rain damage for potential fruit. As growers we consider all potential speed bumps as the seasons change, so it is safe to say we are cautiously optimistic when bud break knocks on our door. But as we view this seasonal shift through a farmers lens, it is also fun to look ahead and predict the conditions that would create the perfect vintage. Years from now, what will be thought of a 2017 Napa Valley Cab? Only time will tell, so stay tuned and lets all enjoy the ride!

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Welcome to our World

Our vision with this site is to have an environment for club members to become a part of the process with us as we provide updates on winemaking and vineyard practices. We will provide a culinary corner in our Cucina page where we will continue to add recipes and video tutorials from local chefs. On our Vino page we will be sharing information on new releases, and seasonal cellar specials. And for all those farmers out there that want to know weekly updates on the progress of our crop and vineyards we will be posting photographs and interviews from our vineyard management team on our Vigneto page.

From the team here at Essere Franco, thank you for visiting our blog, we are excited about sharing our journey with you. If you would like to visit the official Essere Franco Wines website please visit