By Steve Heimoff
Wine critic and author Steve Heimoff, encouraged through Robert Benson's Great Winemakers of California (1977), traversed the country of California to checklist energetic and informative conversations with greater than dozen winemakers and grape growers who signify today's leaders and visionaries. whereas Benson's e-book captured a wine on the point of exponential progress and popularity, Heimoff surveys a multibillion-dollar company with an international recognition and new matters to stand. Heimoff has this for greater than twenty-five years, traveling all components of the kingdom and tracking altering kinds and traits, and his interviews supply an oral heritage of latest California winemaking. He finds the personalities, intellects, philosophies, and passions of the person winemakers, in addition to their evaluations on contemporary high-alcohol vintages, globalization, and the "cult" wine phenomenon. via this intimate and interesting booklet, wine enthusiasts can take a seat in at the from side to side as Heimoff and his vintner matters speak informally approximately their favourite topic: wine.
The interviewees: John Alban, Mark Aubert, Heidi Peterson Barrett, Andy Beckstoffer, Greg Brewer, Merry Edwards, Elias Fernandez, Gina Gallo, Rolando Herrera, Genevieve Janssens, Kathy Joseph, Greg los angeles Follette, Adam and Dianna Lee, Dan Morgan Lee, Bob Levy, Rick Longoria, Javier Tapia Meza, Gary, Jeff, and Mark Pisoni, Kent Rosenblum, Ted Seghesio, Doug Shafer, Justin Smith, Tony Soter, Brian Talley, Michael Terrien, Randy Ullom, Margo van Staaveren, invoice Wathan.
Foreword by way of H. William Harlan
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This year we’re doing a Verdelho, from Lodi. It’s a grape that a friend of mine grows, he’s of Portuguese descent. We’re paying eleven hundred dollars a ton, so it will probably retail for twelve, fourteen dollars. Why not do it under the Morgan label? We just feel like we have too many wines under the Morgan label. What happens in the marketplace is, a producer starts being known for doing one or two wines. We have four diªerent wines, diªerent permutations. You’re already at 40,000 cases. When does this start getting away from you?
Pinot is more like white wine, in that it has a substantial and very complex aroma. What’s the ﬁrst Pinot you made? At Mount Eden [ Vineyards, in the Santa Cruz Mountains]. I have some of that very clone at Meredith. How did you learn how to make Pinot? I had Dick Graª that ﬁrst year at Mount Eden. I just lucked out. Graª had cofounded Chalone [ Vineyard], and was consulting at Mount Eden? Uh-huh. Then he and the company had a falling out, so he went back to Chalone.
And Tim has done a very good job to teach, to mentor me to go to that ﬁnesse and elegance, with structure. You left Opus and returned to Mondavi when? November ’97, as director of winemaking. I understand that the French were not happy. You understand correctly. Why? Life was very easy, good at Opus One. I spent already nine years there; why not nine more? So by coming here, I perturbed a little bit the continuity of 32 1970 s the winemaking. This is true: when a winemaker leaves, the wine is suªering a little bit.
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