"I started Stice Wine Co. to pay homage to my winemaking ancestors - pioneers in California's wine history. My visceral connection inspired me to create my own wine label honoring my family’s name. I hope that when you open a bottle of my wine, you are able to share it with those who inspire you."
- Phil Stice, owner/winemaker
The Stice name can be traced back to the first Steiss (as it was then spelled) family members arriving in North Carolina from Alsace-Lorraine in the mid 1700s. The Stice family migrated from North Carolina westward with some of the family stopping in Missouri and Illinois. A small group - led by Bluford Stice - eventually found their way to the Napa Valley in the mid 1800s. Involved in winemaking pre-prohibition in the Napa Valley, Lafayette Stice (Bluford's son) co-operated the iconic Inglenook winery in the late 1800s. His son, Henry, continued the legacy as a winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyards around the turn of the century. Today, there is a Stice Lane in Napa Valley (between Rutherford and St. Helena off of Hwy 29) where Lafayette Stice's family resided. My labels are inspired by old photographs of his image.