Sharon Kazan Harris
March 30, 2017 | Sharon Kazan Harris

RARECAT Champagne in the St Helena Star

in the Napa Valley Register


RARECAT Champagne, France ($79)

Mar 27, 2017 Updated Mar 29, 2017

There are many vivacious personalities in the Napa Valley — people who are as unforgettable as their wines -- but one of the most dazzling is Sharon Kazan Harris, owner of RARECAT wines here in St. Helena. Sharon’s stories, such as taking a bus, nonplussed, after receiving a special invitation to Chateau Pavie when she was just 18 or 19, are rapid-fire and intermingled with tips and tricks to living an adventurous and meaningful life. When all this comes with one exquisite wine after another, you almost can’t believe your luck at having found her and RARECAT.

In addition to making a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon with iconic winemaker Joel Aiken, Sharon makes rosé, a St. Emilion wine, and a Crémant de Bordeaux, in addition to a Champagne. This richly textured and complexly divine Champagne is made in conjunction with Gonet, a highly respected Champagne house founded in 1830. Take a sip, and you will know what it is like to have a life well-lived.


Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559.

Time Posted: Mar 30, 2017 at 10:56 AM
Sharon Kazan Harris
February 16, 2016 | Sharon Kazan Harris

The Rarecat of Napa


Time Posted: Feb 16, 2016 at 3:31 PM
Sharon Kazan Harris
December 30, 2015 | Sharon Kazan Harris

2015: A Very Beautiful Year

Rarecat Wines




Dear Friends,

We would like to thank our RARECAT family and friends for the overwhelming support in 2015!  We have met so many wonderful people this year and laughed more times than one can count.  Life really is wonderful.  We promise to focus on putting beauty in the bottle so you can connect and create special moments with the people you love, cherish, and want to know better.  That is our RARECAT promise.   

RARECAT Wines are sold direct from the winery and thanks to your support we are sold out of most of our wines.  We created the Audrey Club to guarantee our most wonderful clients access to our RARECAT Old Toll Cabernet and to be first on all of our releases.  We recently added several options to give club members more flexibility. 
2015 Harvest:  Earliest and Smallest and Suberb.... 
Across the Napa Valley, yields were 30 - 70% down from 2014.  Unfortunately, we were on the higher side of those numbers. Shatter hit hillside vineyards heaviest in the spring and that combined with two previous big years, lots of sun and no water… we saw low yields. Warning, we won't have much but it will be beautiful!
Only Female American Vintner producing wine in St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
RARECAT Wines is producing wines in St Emilion.  Our RARECAT St Emilion comes from a single estate vineyard on the plateau calcaire where all the premiere Grand Crus are founded. It is a traditional blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc produced to reflect the magnificent terrior.  After many months of government paperwork, we are thrilled to confirm RARECAT St Emilion will arrive to our shores in January 2016.  We will fill all RARECAT St Emilion orders and allocations first before making it available to our clients.  
Click here to join our allocation, RARECAT St Emilion Allocation.
NEW: RARECAT Estate Champagne coming this spring - time to celebrate.
RARECAT in partnership with Michel Gonet will offer a special selection RARECAT Champagne.   Our first RARECAT Estate Champagne is a single vineyard, blanc de blanc, vintage brut.  The champagne is produced by Michel Gonet, a family owned champagne house run by the same family since 1802 and bottled specifically for RARECAT.  Our goal is to have this very special champagne in the US by April and in time to share at our RARECAT Trunk Shows.  The RARECAT Champagne will only be available to purchase directly from the winery in California.  
Click here to join our Champagne Allocation:  RARECAT Champagne.  
RARECAT Professional - connection you to those you want to meet.
Helping corporations connect to their clients and stake-holders.
RARECAT is the only winery focused on using wine as a business tool and helping corporations build connections with clients and stakeholders. Our corporate consulting program was officially launched in the Fall.  We have had overwhelming interest in creating and providing professional wine seminars and events.  We have worked with consulting firms, banks, major law corporations, tech companies and several professional organizations providing fun, entertaining, and educational programs.  Having the winemaker and owner at the seminar elevates the special nature of events, creating programs highly valued by companies.  Our seminar series include Wine for Business 101, Don't Give Up the Wine List, and French Wine 101 for Executives.   Click here for more information about RARECAT Professional or call Sharon directly at 650-464-9408 to discuss bringing RARECAT Professional to your company.
Audrey Club - more options for our beloved club members.
We continue to focus on putting beauty in the bottle so our clients can focus on enjoying and sharing wines with the people they love.  We believe wine is the most powerful tool to connect people to each other.  Our Audrey Club is filled with marvelously interesting, very funny, smart, successful, wonderful wine lovers.  Our goal in 2016 is encouraging our RARECAT family to use our Audrey Club parties as excuses to come visit us in Napa!  
           Mark You Calendars:
  April 23rd, 2016:  Tunnel of Love Party - featuring our RARECAT Rosé and RARECAT Champagne
  October 1st, 2016:  Harvest Release Party and What is Beauty? - featuring our RARECAT Old Toll Cabernet
Our Audrey Club members get 20% off a stay at RARECAT Villa St Emilion.  Click RARECAT Villa for more information. Contact for availability.
RARECAT Trunk Shows - wonderful way to try and buy wines.
RARECAT will hit the road in April and May of 2016 to share our special, limited production wines.  Our RARECAT Trunk Shows are hosted by friends of RARECAT Wines, always in beautiful private locations.  Wine lovers are invited to come, try and able to buy wines.  It is a lovely way to discover beautiful wines in a convivial, fun, private setting.  If you are interested in hosting a trunk show, please email about details.

New Additions to the Family

Jennifer Curry

Jennifer joined RARECAT in August 2015 as an intern.  Jennifer quit her position as a real estate executive recruiter to pursue her passion for wine.  She studied at the Napa Valley Wine Academy, and is a WSET Level 3 candidate.  During her internship, Jennifer oversaw our RARECAT Rosé project from harvest through bottling. Jennifer quickly became family and it would be impossible to have her leave RARECAT.  She has agreed to continue working for RARECAT from her home in North Carolina and Napa Valley focusing on client experiences and business development.  In her honor, we have named our 2015 RARECAT Rosé, "Jennifer" - she is a true rare cat and has touched our hearts and the hearts of many of our clients... Bienvenue "JE-ni-fur”.  

Click here to join our RARECAT Rosé allocation, Simply Pink Allocation Club.
If you visited RARECAT this summer or fall, you probably met Buddy - our golden labrador puppy.  He was often found stealing things out of people's purses, jumping in the fountain, and running through the barn wet or raiding the garbage cans.  We think he has as many admirers as our wines.  We can now officially confirm Buddy is in training to be a well-behaved dog!  Although to be honest, he is resisting and if you visit in 2016 don't expect miracles.  He is however still adorable....


Time Posted: Dec 30, 2015 at 10:59 AM
Sharon Kazan Harris
December 17, 2015 | Sharon Kazan Harris

RARECAT in the news


Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013 Robert Parker
2010 Rarecat Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
A sexy, open-knit, round, generous red wine from the Old Toll hillside vineyard in Calistoga, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers lots of black currant and black cherry fruit intermixed with a notion of new saddle leather. This rich, full throttle Cabernet possesses some dusty tannins, but they are more than adequately compensated for by the wine’s extravagant fruit. This 2010 should drink well for 10-15 years.
Wine Advocate #209 Reviewer: Robert Parker Rating: 92
RAdio with CRN Radio (start at 38 mins)
Pasta Bowl Serves Up Fun for Charity
Santa Clara Weekly
The event also included a reception, with wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, ... Martinelli Winery, Mira Winery, Rarecat Winery, Sbragia Family Vineyards, ...
Wines from 2014 Auction Napa Valley

Napa Valley Register
Owner Sharon Kazan Harris cares deeply about balance and that shows in this beautifully balanced cabernet sauvignon (with 4 percent petite verdot).

A Woman's Palate Boot Camp explores Sonoma County Wine

First, Heather Patz, co-founder of Patz & Hall Winery welcomed AWP's Boot ... Next it was off to local hot spot for sparkling and still wines, Iron Horse ... and A Woman's Palate co-owners Susan Citron and Sharon Harris greeted ...

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden gala honors chef Thomas Keller

Sandra Fischione Donovan
... Chappellet Winery, Rarecat Wines, Inman Family Wine and Failla Wines. Anne-Marie Failla, co-founder of Failla Wines, is originally from the ...

Sharon Harris, Wine Maker, Woman Entrepreneur
joanne wilson
Sharon owns 3 vineyards including Rare Cat, Common Dog and Amici. ... I loved speaking with Sharon because her passion for food and wine is ...
Napa Valley Wine Project

Rarecat – Sharon and John Harris purchased 80 acres in the hills above Calistoga – across from the base of the beautiful palisades (series of prominent vertical rock formations that are situated in this part of the Vaca mountains)

Fine wine brands: "Chanel vs. H&M"

Red Slice
The panel's moderator, Sharon Harris, is owner and winemaker for Rarecat Wines but also founder of A Woman's Palate, a place for women who want ...

Radio Interview with AWP co-founder and vintner Sharon Harris

Robina Lewis
Don't miss vintner and AWP co-founder Sharon Harris as she talks to Laura Lawson, host of The Wine Crush. Sharon talks about women in wine, ...

A Wine Blogger Diary – Part 3

Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
Bacchus and Beery Wine Blog diary as they visit with Sean Sullivan of Sullivan Vineyards and Sharon Harris ofRarecat and Common Dog Wines.

Meet AWP Vintners at New York metro area tastings September 20-21

Robina Lewis
Friday, September 20th, 5-7 pm. Vintners: Sharon Harris, Rarecat Wines Michaela Rodeno, Villa Ragazzi Wine. Saturday, September 21st, 12-4 pm

Full length interview with Sharon Harris of RareCat & CommonDog Wines.

This was our second interview with Sharon, which took place at her home in St. Helena in February of 2011. This time she talks about her own projects featuring RareCat, CommonDog and Amici wines. You can check out Sharon’s first interview all about Wine Entre Femme in our May podcast.

Premiere Napa Valley 2011 blog

John also has an amazing collection of vintage wine labels including .... Harris of Wine Entre Femme (and also ofRareCat and Common Dog wines).

Full length interview with Sharon Harris of Wine Entre Femme.

Sharon Harris is the founder of Wine Entre Femmes and owner of RareCat & CommonDog wine. In this interview Sharon talks about women in the wine industry around the world. We interviewed Sharon at her home in St. Helena in February of 2011.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Smart Companies Radio interviews Sharon Harris, the owner of Napa Valley’s Rarecat Wines.  Sharon turned her life’s passion into a thriving business, and she’s committed to helping other women entrepreneurs be successful.  She formed a group called Wine Entre Femmes comprised of some of the most remarkable women in wine. 

Meet Sharon Kazan Harris, RARECAT Wine

ToutSuite Social Club
RARECAT = a woman of magnificent beauty. She is a bi-continental, French speakin', food lovin', wine makin', and hard pressin' Bon Vivant. Living in ...

Project Glimmer: HUGE Success on the First Pre-Holiday Luncheon

The guests then got some time to mingle and network and sip a delicious white wine provided by Rarecat. The main event started as the guests sat ...

Meals on Wheels 26th Annual Star Chefs & Vintners Gala

The Food Patrol
The evening begins at 5 p.m. with an hors d'oeuvre and wine reception, ... Company and Rarecat Wines– will provide wine pairings during the meal.

Jancis Robinson
14 Feb 2009
Alliance Française
This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times.


Time Posted: Dec 17, 2015 at 9:08 PM