Dave was taken by the look, feel and sound of the jazz guitar before taking his first sip of wine. He played the acoustic guitar starting at age 13. During his college years in San Diego, Dave sought out rare guitars—and wines—worthy of collecting. In 2003, Dave commissioned master luthier Robert Benedetto to handcraft a custom guitar. This stunning hand-carved archtop was stained using Miner Cabernet Sauvignon and features the Miner wings with a grapevine inlay motif in abalone and mother-of-pearl; now known as the original Vinodetto, it is the first in a series of wine-stained guitars made exclusively for Dave. Cementing their relationship, Dave became an investor when Benedetto made the decision to open a flagship store and workshop in Savannah, Georgia. Additionally, since 2006, Dave also sits on the Benedetto Board of Directors and takes great pleasure in being a part of yet another venture that he’s very passionate about.

Miner Benedetto Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley


“I remember the first time I played a particular guitar in the same way I remember the first time I tasted a legendary wine.”


Annual Benedetto Release Party & Concert

The relationship built between aficionado and craftsmen inspired Dave to create the Benedetto Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon. This limited production wine (less than 200 cases produced) is showcased each summer at the Annual Benedetto Release Party & Concert. For 2012, we are thrilled to announce the Benedetto Release and Concert will be at the Napa Valley Opera House. A national historic landmark, the Napa Valley Opera House is a  non-profit performing arts organization located in the heart of downtown Napa.  This years' event features Howard Alden, Howard Paul, Andreas Oberg all on guitars with Quentin Baxter on Drums, Ben Tucker on bass and the release of our 2009 Benedetto Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tickets on sale now!