Best of the Bay 2012: BEST GENERATIONS OF DISTILLATION

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BEST GENERATIONS OF DISTILLATION

It's a true family affair at Charbay Family Vineyard and Distillery, located in the wilds of Napa's Spring Mountain district, where father and son Miles and Marko Karakasevic distill together, while wives Susan and Jenni run the business with them. Descended from 13 distilling generations, Grand Master Distiller Miles has a heroic history, having left former Communist Yugoslavia for North America in 1962 and eventually founding Charbay with his family in 1983. Marko has been involved with the business since the ripe-old age of 10, growing up among St. Helena's vines. Charbray covers distilling, brewing, and winemaking: Miles' Old World aesthetic and precision partnered with Marko's forward-thinking vision is apparent in everything from tequila and vodka to rum and port. Cases in point: Miles' elegant 27-year brandy and Marko's just-released, one-of-a-kind Bear Republic IPA and stout beer whiskies.

4001 Spring Mountain, St. Helena. (707) 963-9327, www.charbay.com