Winemaker Interview: Remi Vervier

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 10-18-2019

Remi Vervier

Remi Vervier

As our regular readers know, from time to time, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker to probe their winemaking philosophy and to gain insight into how they became who they are. This week, we are featuring Remi Vervier, the Managing Director and Oenologist of Champagne Palmer & Co.

Remi hails from a Burgundian winemaking family. He was born in Macon, and grew up around the family vineyard in Pouilly Fuissé. He returned to the region after his studies to work at Louis Latour, before joining Champagne Palmer & Co in 2010.

Champagne Palmer & Co. was established in 194 by seven growers. Its wines are created from 415 hectares of vineyards, across forty crus. Once vinified and blended, Palmer’s wines undergo extended sur lie aging – far beyond what Champagne’s laws require – which I think helps impart Palmer’s house style, marked by richness and lusciousness.

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Winemaker Interview: Trevor Durling

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 08-02-2019

Trevor Durling

Trevor Durling

As our regular readers know, from time to time, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker to probe their winemaking philosophy and to gain insight into how they became who they are. This week, we are featuring Trevor Durling, who in 2017 took over the helm as the chief winemaker of Beaulieu Vineyard.

Trevor is a native of Northern California’s wine country, born and raised in Sonoma. Like many of his colleagues in Napa and Sonoma, he attended UC Davis, worked harvest (in his case, at Sonoma-Cutrer and Gloria Ferrer), and jumped into the industry full-time after graduation. He went from Moon Mountain Vineyard to Provenance Vinerads and Hewitt Vineyard. And in June 2017, he became the chief winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard.

Amazingly, Trevor is only the fifth chief winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard in its almost 120 years’ history. Now one of the most iconic American wine brands, Beaulieu Vineyard was founded by Georges de Latour in 1900. One of Trevor’s four predecessors at Beaulieu Vineyard is the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff.

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Winemaker Interview: Gabriele Tacconi

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 06-07-2019

Gabriele Tacconi

Gabriele Tacconi

As our regular readers know, from time to time, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker to probe their winemaking philosophy and to gain insight into how they became who they are. This week, we are featuring Gabriele Tacconi, the chief winemaker at Ruffino.

You have undoubtedly seen at least some of Ruffino’s wines in wine shops and restaurants. But you may not have known that Ruffino was founded by Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino in 1877 — more than 140 years ago — and that Ruffino has continued traditional winemaking while collecting prized vineyards. And while you may be familiar with Ruffino’s Prosecco, Riserva Ducale (Chianti Classico Riserva), or Riserva Ducale Oro (Chianti Classico Gran Selezione), you may not have known that Ruffino also makes Lodola Nuova (Vino Nobile), Modus (Super Tuscan), and Greppone Mazzi (Brunello).

Gabriele has been with Ruffino since 1998. After eleven years, in 2009, he became Ruffino’s chief winemaker, handling production of all of Ruffino’s wines, and he has continued in that role for ten years now.

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Winemaker Interview: Aaron Lieberman

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 04-26-2019

Aaron Lieberman

Aaron Lieberman

As our regular readers know, from time to time, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker to probe their winemaking philosophy and to gain insight into how they became who they are. This week, we are featuring Aaron Lieberman, the winemaker at Iris Vineyards in the Willamette Valley.

Aaron’s interest in the wine industry fittingly started when he was a student at Oregon State University. After some time in Peace Corps, Aaron returned to Oregon and in particular to Willamette Valley to work at Amity Vineyards. After later working at De Ponte Cellars and at Owen Roe, as well as making wine for his own label, in 2008, Aaron became the winemaker at Iris. He has remained in that position for more than 10 years now.

Iris Vineyards is located in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Mountain Range at the south end of the Willamette Valley. Iris Vineyards is owned by Richard Boyles and Pamela Frye, who live on the 800 acre estate. That estate includes Chalice Vineyard, in which Iris Vineyards grows its own grapes.

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Winemaker Interview: Armando Castagnedi

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 07-27-2018

Armando Castagnedi

Armando Castagnedi

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 who they are. This week, we are featuring Armando Castagnedi, the owner and winemaker of Tenuta Sant’Antonio in the Veneto region.

Armando was born into the wine industry: his father produced grapes for a wine cooperative. So the industry was natural to him. But it took an affirmative decision by him and his brothers to move from growing and selling grapes to winemaking. They did this over the past three decades by purchasing additional land and initially hiring winemaking consultants.

Today, Armando oversees the estate’s production of various Amarone, Valpolicella, and Soave bottlings, as well as some sweet wines and grappas.

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Winemaker Interview: Anthony Walkenhorst

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 04-13-2018

Anthony Walkenhorst

Anthony Walkenhorst

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 who they are. After a long hiatus, this week, we are featuring Anthony Walkenhorst, the chief winemaker at Kim Crawford Wines.

It is hard to name a more well-recognized New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc than Kim Crawford’s. But Kim Crawford’s history isn’t long. Founded in 1996, Kim Crawford quickly expanded, exporting its wines to the United States within just two years, and becoming the recognized brand within a decade. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, Kim Crawford also produced Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Rose. It has just launched a reserve bottling of Sauvignon Blanc.

Anthony joined Kim Crawford as an assistant winemaker in 2005, after graduating with a degree in agricultural science from the University of Adelaide in Southern Australia, and working harvests around the world. Initially at Kim Crawford, Anthony worked alongside the founding winemaker Kim Crawford and focused his efforts on the reds. Then, in 2010, Anthony became the chief winemaker.

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Winemaker Interview: Jill DelaRiva Russell

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 09-15-2017

Jill DelaRiva Russell

Jill DelaRiva Russell

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 who they are. This week, we are featuring Jill Russell, who was recently promoted to be the winemaker at Cambria Winery of the Santa Maria Valley in California’s Central Coast.

(We recently interviewed Jonathan Nagy, the winemaker at Byron Winery, who had previously worked at Cambria.)

Cambria is a part of the Jackson Family Wines portfolio. Following the footsteps of the late Jess Jackson, Barbara Banke and Katie and Julia Jackson manage the estate.

Jill studied winemaking at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. After graduating, she stayed in the area and began her career as assistant winemaker at Stephen Ross Wine Cellars. She then worked harvest in France and joined Paul Lato Wines, before being named Cambria’s new winemaker.

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Winemaker Interview: Kevin Bersofsky

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 09-08-2017

Kevin Bersofsky

Kevin Bersofsky

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 who they are. This week, we are featuring Kevin Bersofsky, the winemaker at Montagne Russe, a California winery specializing in cooler climate regions like the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River Valley.

Kevin gained interest in wine when he took the wine course at Cornell. When he graduated, he began work in other industries, but shortly after 9/11, Kevin decided to abandon his first career to become a line cook in LA. Then he got a call to work for a Napa winery, and soon thereafter made his first wine in his garage with his friends. That was the beginning of Montagne Russe, which now sources fruit from several growers in the cooler California regions.

“Montagne Russe” literally translates to “Russian Mountains,” but the term in French means roller coasters. Kevin explains why he named the winery so.

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Winemaker Interview: Jonathan Nagy

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 08-25-2017

Jonathan Nagy

Jonathan Nagy

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 Jonathan Nagy, the winemaker at Byron Winery.

Founded in 1984, Byron Winery is a part of the Jackson Family Wines Collection. Byron is located in Santa Barbara County, California.

Jonathan was raised there, in Santa Barbara County. His first job in the wine industry was at Robert Mondavi. Jonathan was then a senior in college finishing up his chemistry degree. He decided to work a second harvest at Mondavi, and before long, he was back in the industry at Cambria Winery. Jonathan joined Byron Winery as an assistant winemaker in 2001, and has been its winemaker since 2004.

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Winemaker Interview: Lisa Strid

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 08-04-2017

Lisa Strid

Lisa Strid

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 Lisa Strid, the winemaker at Aridus Wine Company in Arizona.

Aridus is a new winery in an emerging wine region. Currently it makes wine from purchased grapes, but Aridus has owned 40 acres of estate vineyards since 2009. The winery is just beginning to figure out how best to express the grapes from there.

Lisa Strid will therefore have a significant role in developing Aridus’s portfolio. Lisa joined Aridus just a year ago, after spending some time at Gallo.

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