Winemaker Interview: Juan Micieli-Martinez

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 06-16-2017

Juan Micieli-Martinez

Juan Micieli-Martinez

As our regular readers know, we frequently pose a series of questions to a winemaker to probe their winemaking philosophy and to gain insight into how they became a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Juan Micieli-Martinez, the winemaker at Martha Clara Vineyards of the North Fork of Long Island.

Juan was born in Mexico, but was raised in Long Island. So he knew from childhood memories that Long Island had wineries. And when the wine bug bit him in college, Juan returned to Long Island to work in the wine industry. He began at the tasting room at Pellegrini Vineyards and moved into other roles in the cellar and in the winemaking team.

After brief stints as a brewmaster and then as a winemaker in other places, Juan joined Martha Clara Vineyards in 2007.

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Winemaker Interview: Roman Roth

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Roman Roth

As our regular readers know, we frequently pose a series of questions to a winemaker to probe their winemaking philosophy and to gain insight into how they became a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Roman Roth, the winemaker at Wölffer Estate in Long Island, NY.

Founded by Christian Wölffer in 1987, Wölffer Estate is run today by his children, Joey and Marc Wölffer, along with Roman.

Roman’s path to winemaking is perhaps the most to be envied. Roman was born into a winemaking family in Germany, so, as he explains, his childhood was accompanied by great wine that was celebrated and revered. At age 16, Roman began an apprenticeship in winemaking in Germany. After more experience in the United States and Australia, and after finishing an oenology degree, he took his current position as winemaker.

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Winemaker Interview: Rolando Herrera

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Rolando Herrera

Rolando Herrera

As our regular readers know, we frequently pose a series of questions to a winemaker to probe their winemaking philosophy and to gain insight into how they became a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Rolando Herrera, the winemaker at Mi Sueño Winery.

Rolando fell in love with wine after working harvest at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in the 1980s. He would stay there for ten years, learning and moving up, and then work with Paul Hobbs on several projects, before settling in 2004 into his current role.

His winemaking philosophy, he says, matches the philosophy of his winemaking mentors: to focus on producing the best possible grapes, and then simply to translate those grapes into wine without doing too much.

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Weekly Interview: Adam Kubrock

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 03-31-2017

Adam Kubrock

Adam Kubrock

Each week, as our regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Adam Kubrock, the winemaker at Hillersden Wines in Marlborough, New Zealand.

Adam hails from Walla Walla, Washington, which is of course famous for its wines. There, he began his career in the wine industry, working at Gramercy Cellars. Then Adam visited New Zealand to experience winegrowing in a cooler-climate region. Initially he thought he would stay just a few weeks, but after brief posts at other wineries, Adam settled down at Hillersden Wines.

Now, Adam oversees the winemaking for Hillersden’s portfolio of wines, which includes a Pinot Gris, a Pinot Noir, a Riesling, and of course a Sauvignon Blanc.

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Weekly Interview: Brandon Lapides

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 03-17-2017

Brandon Lapides

Brandon Lapides

Each week, as our regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Brandon Lapides, the winemaker at Armida Winery.

Brandon’s path to winemaking resembles many of our paths to wine appreciation. Growing up, Brandon saw that his grandfather collected wine — and did so seriously, buying among other things two cases of 1961 Chateau Latour — and so Brandon naturally developed an interest in wine, as he watched his grandfather open bottles at dinner. Born in Ithaca, the site of one prominent enology school, Brandon studied fementation science at another prominent enology school, UC Davis. After graduating, Brandon spent some time in New Zealand, before returning to California first and to Sonoma County in particular soon thereafter. In 2010, he joined Armida Wines.

Armida Winery was founded by brothers Steve and Bruce Cousins about twenty years ago. The estate produces several bottlings of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay from purchased fruits, and also produced a field blend of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah from a seven-acre estate vineyard.

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Weekly Interview: Theresa Heredia

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 03-10-2017

Theresa Heredia

Theresa Heredia

Each week, as our regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Theresa Heredia, the winemaker at Gary Farrell Winery.

Gary Farrell founded the eponymous winery and debuted the label with a 1982 Pinot Noir. Since then, the winery has added more and more to its portfolio of vineyards, working with multiple viticulturalists.

Theresa Heredia was studying at UC Davis in its Chemistry program when she met other graduate students in the Enology program and decided that she wanted to apply her knowledge and techniques to study wine. So she transferred programs soon thereafter and, after graduating, began working at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and specifically helped launch the Pinot Noir bottlings of Freestone Vineyards. Theresa then joined Gary Farrell Winery in 2012, where she has been a winemaker since.

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Weekly Interview: Luis Pato

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Luis Pato

Luis Pato

Each week, as our regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Luis Pato, the famed Portugese winemaker at the eponymous Luis Pato Winery.

The Pato family has been making wine at Quinta do Ribeirinho since at least the eighteenth century.

Luis was born and raised in Portugal, though in several different parts of the country, from Coimbra, to Alentejo, to Lison. After serving in the Navy, Luis was a teacher, until he joined the family business. As you likely know, Luis Pato’s wines have been leading the surge in interest in, and quality of, Portugese wines. Luis continues to invent and to reinvent, making his first single-vineyard sparking wine in 2008, Baga sparking wines in 2010, and so on.

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Weekley Interview: David Edmonds

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 02-10-2017

David Edmonds

David Edmonds

Each week, as our regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we are featuring David Edmonds, the winemaker at Nobilo Wines.

David was born in New Zealand in the very year that the first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in Marlborough. He grew up near wine country, vacationed there, and was responsible for the household chore of storing shipped boxes of wine. Wine therefore came naturally to David as a profession. After graduating from college, he worked at Hawke’s Bay, then in California for a few years, before returning to New Zealand to join Nobilo in 2002.

Nobilo Wines has been a pioneer in New Zealand winemaking since it was founded in 1943 by Nikola and Zuva Nobilo, who had fled the war in their native Croatia.

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Weekly Interview: Chris Christensen

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Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen

Each week, as our regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Chris Christensen, the winemaker at Bodkin Wines.

Hailing from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chris attended Stanford University, and it was there that Chris learned that he enjoyed wine tasting so much. So after graduating, Chris jumped into the wine industry. And he started at the very first rung of the ladder. As he moved up that ladder, however, Chris moved out to work what he calls a “real job,” quotation marks are his, at a bank. But quickly Chris figured out that corporate America was not for him, and he returned to the wine industry shortly after a year.

Chris founded Bodkin Wines as a side project in 2011, and began operating it full-time in 2014. In creating his own brand, in making his own wines, and in perfecting his craft, Chris has overcome the challenges that he faces with ADD and dyslexia, which we think is amazing.

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Weekly Interview: Landon Donley

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 01-27-2017

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Landon Donley

Each week, as our regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we are featuring Landon Donley, the winemaker at Buccella, a Napa estate. Buccella was founded by two lovers of Gaja’s wines who strive to make bold, flavorful, and layered wines.

Landon has seen many sides of the wine industry. He discovered his love for wine as a bartender at a resort. When he decided to study wine, he studied first for a sommelier degree and a general wine-knowledge certification, and fittingly he worked at a wine retailer and at a distributor. But then after talking to a winemaker over a bottle of wine, Landon decided to become a winemaker himself, and enrolled in the enology program at Fresno State. He arrived at Buccella in 2015, after finishing his degree, and after spending some time at Molly Dooker and at Spottswoode.

Landon was also recently mentioned by a previous interviewee here, Jennifer Williams, as an exciting new winemaker.

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