Why Squirrels?

In a nutshell, we are serious about making quality wines but not the snobbery that goes with it.

In the big inning, the Lord made squirrels and He said, “Let there be nuts!”

And so, a nut named Doug Nalle chose to honor the furry rodent on his faux family coat of arms. The year was 1984 and the wine business was full of itself and full of companies that felt the need to exaggerate their nobility and savoir faire. Never mind that the owner was the son of a steelworker from Pittsburgh.

Any self-respecting c-o-a included noble, strong, virile beasts, e.g., lions, rams, bears along with an occasional unicorn.

Ever the contrarian, Doug decided that two rampant squirrels would be just the right antidote to the pretentiousness that prevailed then and still does to this day. The 1984 squirrel appearance on the back label never was meant to be a long-term theme but here we are over three decades later, inviting customers of Nalle wines to join our “Squirrel Club” and learn the secret handshake.

Throw in our motto at the bottom, “Vinum sapientiam tibi dat” (Wine makes you smart), and you’ve got one heckuva coat of arms. We know this because the Prince of Lower Slobovia tried to buy the copyright.

Nalle Winery Wine Club – the Squirrel Club

Nalle club members are guaranteed priority access to our zintastic limited production wines and will receive our new releases twice a year (spring and fall) at 20% off. We only make about 1500 cases per year with some wines being sold out completely to the club (spots are limited). Membership is free and includes 20% savings on all wine purchases. But wait, that’s not all! You also get:


    • Invitations to Squirrel gatherings at the winery
    • Complimentary tastings for up to four guests
    • Option to customize
    • Periodic shipping deals
    • Knowledge of the secret handshake

    Mixed Nuts Club

    A little bit of everything (Zin, Pinot, Option of Library Cabernet)

    • 6 bottles ($216 – 237 + shipping) or
    • 12 bottles ($432 – 474 + shipping)

    Zintensive Care Club

    Just the Zin please! (Estate Old Vine Zin, Classic Zin, Bernier-Sibary vineyard designate)

    • 6 bottles ($202 – 223 + shipping) or
    • 12 bottles ($403 – 446 + shipping)

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