Wine’s Name Inspired By The Brasher Doubloon He Owned
A Napa Valley California winery, owned by a well-known professional numismatist and named after an important design element on United States coins, is expanding.
Steve Contursi has been a professional coin dealer since 1975, specializing in historically significant U.S. coins. The name Arrow&Branch was inspired by the unique EB-on-eagle’s-breast 1787 Brasher Doubloon he owned and frequently displayed across the country.
Part of the design on that early American gold coin struck by Ephraim Basher, and a motif used on many other U.S. coins since then is an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows in its talons. That enduring design prompted the name Arrow&Branch for both the vineyard and wine brand name.
Contursi sold his Brasher Doubloon for $7.4 million to a Wall Street investment firm in 2011.
He and his wife opened their wine business in 2007 with a 3.5 acre vineyard. In 2011 they acquired an additional 1.5 contiguous acres, and now they have purchased for approximately $4 million the 10-acre Williamson Family Vineyard in Napa that produces wines under the name Ideology Cellars.
“The property already has a winery permit, and we now are planning to build a winery on the property. This will be the new home of Arrow&Branch and our goal is to crush our first grapes there in 2022,” he explained.
Information about currently available Arrow&Branch Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc wines can be found online at www.ArrowAndBranch.com, or by phone at 707-200-3640 and by email at wine@ArrowAndBranch.com.