Winemaker

Penfolds Winemaker Steph Dutton Would Drink Chardonnay ‘Every. Single. Day.’

Penfolds Winemaker Steph Dutton Would Drink Chardonnay ‘Every. Single. Day.’

Behind every successful person is a tale of grit, sacrifice, and compromise. For Melbourne native Steph Dutton, the road to becoming a winemaker at Australia’s most iconic producer, Penfolds, meant leaving the country’s second-largest city for a quieter life in the country. It’s a challenge, and she’s still getting used to it. Dutton’s decision to […]

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Fifth-Generation California Vintner Joel Gott Could Really Go for a Mezcal

Fifth-Generation California Vintner Joel Gott Could Really Go for a Mezcal

Joel Gott wasn’t born a winemaker, of course. But it sometimes seems that way. Born in Napa Valley, he released his first vintage over 20 years ago, and the roots of his winemaking heritage stretch deeper still. Gott is a fifth-generation California vintner. His 1997 Amador County Zinfandel earned the label widespread acclaim, and he hasn’t […]

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Sixth-Generation Winemaker Jeff Bundschu Would Bring a Pinot Home to Mom

Sixth-Generation Winemaker Jeff Bundschu Would Bring a Pinot Home to Mom

A sixth-generation winemaker with a surfer’s soul, Jeff Bundschu is the rare American who seems like he could pull off a silk scarf. His family business is Gundlach Bundschu, the esteemed Sonoma winery established in 1858. Despite Gundlach Bundschu’s lofty reputation (and wines), Bundschu is a salt-of-the-earth type. He hosts annual live music festivals in Northern […]

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Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

“Georgia and the vine are very similar in their character,” Lado Uzunashvili says, “If they are not stressed a little bit, they don’t give you their best results.” Uzunashvili owns the Mukado winery in Georgia and represents the 11th generation in a long line of esteemed Georgian winemakers. It’s an impressive heritage, matching the oldest […]

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Americans Love Jammy Wines. Just Don’t Tell Them How They Were Made.

Americans Love Jammy Wines. Just Don’t Tell Them How They Were Made.

The term ”jammy” has become peak wine jargon. It’s used to describe all sorts of sweet and quaffable wines, including some of the most popular Zinfandels and red blends on the market. These wines have been trending for several years, but their common use of such additives as sugar, water, and copious quantities of crystalline […]

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At Some of Europe’s Oldest Family Wineries, the Future Is (Finally) Female

At Some of Europe’s Oldest Family Wineries, the Future Is (Finally) Female

Across France, domaines are appended with et fils (“and sons”), referencing the children who joined the family business along the way. A list of Italy’s top wines largely reads as a string of male names, speaking to the men who built the wineries. Winemaking daughters, however, were historically hard to come by. For instance, when […]

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Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

A strip mall in Parker, Colorado — a quiet suburb of Denver — is about the last place you’d expect to find award-winning wines made with centuries-old technique. But that’s just what’s going on at Purgatory Cellars. Purgatory’s Marko and Ivanka Copic immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia in 2013, settling in Parker to be […]

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