It all began with one varietal, Cabernet, and the vision to produce one of the best under $20 for the U.S. market. Combining his business acumen, legal knowledge, and passion for food, wine and California, founder Yoav Gilat decided to pursue his entrepreneurial dream and launched Cannonball Wine Company in 2006.
Cannonball Cabernet had established a solid reputation in the marketplace. Consumers and the trade were asking for more and as a result of market demand, the line was extended. The first varietal was Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and then Sauvignon Blanc, all bearing the Sonoma County appellation. As our first born, Cannonball California Cabernet remains our flagship wine.
Through tireless passion and drive, distribution in all the major U.S. markets and a handful of International, a solid foundation of success took hold.
At a fateful meeting arranged by our Toronto agent and partner, Harris Davidson of Rogers & Company, Cannonball and Astrolabe Wines fell in love at first sight. Fall 2012, Cannonball became the exclusive U.S. agent for highly acclaimed Astrolabe Wines from New Zealand. Recognized as one of Marlborough’s premiere producers, Astrolabe brought critical acclaim and notoriety within the Sommelier network to the portfolio.
Angels & Cowboys is a collaboration with award-winning (and our label) graphic designer, Michael Schwab. Michael’s artwork, the name, and our vision for the style of wine were components that organically came together. The initial plan was to produce a Zinfandel – based Sonoma County Proprietary Red label only, but our love for Rosé inspired us, and we produced a handful of cases for fun. Immediately well received into our existing network, the first vintages sold out ahead of forecast. Both the Proprietary Red and Rosé quickly established success within our portfolio.
Per typical A&C form, we always look to buck convention. In 2020 we delivered lightness and conviviality to an unstable, uncertain time, we brought bubbles! December 2020, we launched our sparkling wine program with Angels & Cowboys Brut Rosé, followed by Angels & Cowboys Brut, both produced in the Methodé Traditionelle with the iconic Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
High Dive marks Share a Splash wine co.’s first entry into the Napa Valley, luxury wine market. High Dive began in 2014 as an adventurous collaboration between Share a Splash wine co. Founder Yoav Gilat and winemakers Peter Heitz (Turnbull Wine Cellars) and Scott Palazzo (Palazzo Wines). The winemaking dream team set out to craft an elegant, proprietary red that would showcase the best of Napa’s terroir, with classic restraint, and is an homage to the classic Napa Valley blends of the 1970s. Upon the inaugural 2014 vintage release, High Dive immediately made its way onto coveted wine lists like The French Laundry, and received high marks from the press.
After ten years of conceiving new projects and partnerships, it was time to bring in a parent for all our brands. Share a Splash wine co. is our portfolio brand name.
Twin Vines Vinho Verde perfectly aligned with the SHARE A SPLASH portfolio vision in delivering bold wines for every price point and palate. A refreshing, low alcohol wine positioned in the emerging ‘Better for You’ category, Twin Vines brought a breath of fresh air during 2020!
Today, we are present in 47 United States and 30 International markets. Armed with the same tireless passion that launched Cannonball in 2006, we are on a mission to Share a Splash in every glass! We are passionate about offering wines we believe in and are committed to innovation and authenticity on every level of our business. We strive to create and maintain long – term relationships with all of our partners and to be continually growing our global network of brand ambassadors.