Miner is in the Oakville appellation. It was founded by Dave and Emily Miner. Dave Miner was a software executive and Emily had worked in the wine industry. Their debut vintage was in 1996. Gary Brookman is winemaker and he worked previously at Joseph Phelps, among other places. Miner makes a large portfolio of wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Tempranillo.
Sonoma County is not an AVA, but it is a commonly used informal designation for wines made outside of more specific AVAs within Sonoma, which is a large wine producing region just west of Napa Valley. Though Sonoma is often overshadowed by its glamorous neighbor Napa Valley, it has a long history of wine production. The area specialized in jug wine until the mid-20th century, when Sonoma producers took a cue from Napa and started improving quality. Unlike Napa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is king, Sonoma specialized in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, though excellent Cabs are produced too. There are at present 16 AVAs within Sonoma County, and, like much of the West Coast of the United States, new AVAs are created in Sonoma County with regularity. Some Sonoma appellations, such as the Russian River Valley, are renowned for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.