Although Josh and Carlo grew up in Napa Valley, they enjoy wines from around the world and wanted some of their other favorite wine regions to be Available to their friends. Since they both have Italian roots, Italy was an
obvious choice for the first layover on their quest for fantastic grapes from around the world. After visiting sub-regions in Italy, they ultimately selected Puglia as it was the ideal spot to craft Italian wines that are approachable and fruit-driven - perfect for the American palate. Today Italy is Available, but the journey doesn’t stop there.
Taken Wine Company was founded in 2009 when next
generation winemakers, Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps realized their mutual dream to start their own wine label. Josh and Carlo grew up together in the winegrowing town of St. Helena, in the Napa Valley – wine is in their DNA. The wines are crafted to appeal to the millennial generation in terms of both what’s inside and outside the bottle. The names (Taken, Complicated, and Available) all tie into social media and are relevant to their generation.