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Welcome to Forlorn Hope

We love the longshots. We love the outsiders, the lost causes, the people / projects / ideas abandoned as not having a chance in the world. We love the longshots because we’re all about tenacity, we relish a challenge, and – we admit it – we love us a good tussle.

Hans Brinker, the Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dike? We’re big fans of his. Penelope – weaving all day and ripping it out all night? She’s with us. Henry V’s speech at the Battle of Agincourt? Pretty much our theme song. Taken from the Dutch ‘verloren hoop’, meaning ‘lost troop’, Forlorn Hope was the name given to the band of soldiers who volunteered to lead the charge directly into enemy defenses. The chance of success for the Forlorn Hope was always slim, but the glory and rewards granted to survivors ensured no shortage of applicants. These bottles, the first produced by Forlorn Hope Wines, were our headlong rush into the breach. Rare creatures from appellations unknown and varieties uncommon, these wines are our brave advance party, our pride and joy – our Forlorn Hope.

Shop the Rare Creatures

Enjoy wines from the limestone slopes of Rorick Heritage Vineyard and more.

Join the Ultimate Rare Creatures Club

Joining our wine club is the best way to get a mix of our Rarest Creatures: library, unreleased, magnums & member-exclusive wines, killer deals, swag, exclusive event invites, and complimentary wine tastings in Downtown Napa.


The wine industry is and always has been founded on the work, skills and innovation of immigrants, migrant workers and asylum seekers. They are often under-compensated and go unrecognized, while living in fear of deportation, poor treatment and loss of wages. NorCal Resist provides emergency support to immigrant families, which is even more imperative during these times of Covid-19 and destructive wildfires. We will continue to partner with this incredible mutual aid fund and thank you for your support.