In 1968, Ernie and his wife Virginia decided to move to Napa Valley and purchased a ranch and vineyard in the hills west of historic St. Helena. After spending most of his life operating over 80 Ernie's Liquors Stores throughout California, he decided to produce his own wines using the grapes from their vineyard, rather than sell them to other wineries around the Valley as many were doing at the time. This began his newfound hobby and passion of winemaking, and Ernie and Virginia started Round Hill Vineyards in 1977. The winery was constructed on the famous Silverado Trail, just east of Rutherford, and Round Hill is now bottled at the Rutherford Ranch winery. Both Ernie and Virginia played a pivotal role in early California winemaking, and these three selections express true California pedigree without breaking the bank.