Gabrielle Shaffer and Adam McClary are Gamling & McDuck.
They met in Minneapolis 11 years ago; she distributed wine to the restaurant he managed, and he was smitten. A kitchen table conversation about varietal correctness inspired a move to Napa, where they double-timed school and internships, (Davis, Miner, Mayacamas, Harlan, Stellenbosch...) and produced their first vintage in 2009. Their aim continues to be transcending and exemplifying the Loire varietals, Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc. They practice sustainable farming, utilize cool native fermentations, eschew additions and manipulation, and play excellent film soundtracks in the cellar- all methods intent on weaving typicity and narrative into the astral helix of their wine.