Inspired by a love for the Loire, Halcyon Wines is an exploration of California Cabernet Franc.
Santa Barbara-bred Tyler and Napa Valley-native Kim launched Halcyon Wines in 2013 after Tyler discovered an intriguing Cabernet Franc vineyard in Paso Robles, California—a varietal he always dreamed of working with. In his 15 years of winemaking experience, Tyler has produced some of the most critically acclaimed wine as Assistant Winemaker at world-renowned Tablas Creek Vineyard and Provenance in Napa Valley. Tyler is now pursuing an Executive MBA in Wine Business through Sonoma State.
Kim Ewell is a PR and marketing expert with nearly a decade of experience serving celebrity, hospitality, and food/wine clients throughout the Bay Area and beyond—most notably managing Bob Weir's (Grateful Dead) recording studio, TRI Studios in Marin, California. Kim works full-time as Account Director for The James Collective, a boutique PR and marketing agency in Sonoma.
Together the Elwells combine their deep-rooted love of wine and California, bringing you a nouveau take on California Cabernet Franc.
HALCYON DAYS: THE STORY
The myth of Halcyon and the "Halcyon Days" is a tender story of love and commitment that takes place along the coast of ancient Greece.
Halcyon is a name for a bird in this Greek legend generally associated with the kingfisher. There was an ancient belief that the bird nested on the sea, which it calmed in order to lay its eggs on a floating nest. Two weeks of calm weather were therefore expected around the winter solstice. Thus, the phrase 'Halcyon Days' signifies prosperity, joy, liberation and tranquility.
The Kingfish in Oakland, California was where Tyler and Kim first met (now pouring Halcyon). Both of their birthdays occur during the winter solstice—which is also referenced in the myth.
Halcyon is also a small township located just south of Arroyo Grande on the 101. Founded in 1898 as a Theosophical intentional community, Halcyon is the home and headquarters of The Temple of the People.