February 16, 2018


It’s hard to grasp that I have just wrapped up my 17th vintage. There have been many wines that have started conversations amongst my peers over that time. Enjoying wine together and discussing how a wine was crafted, (how much new oak was used, were the grapes detstemmed, farming practices, etc,) is part of the process.  I am inspired by a handful of regions and the winemakers in them. The regions that have been inspirations to me in recent years have been Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Roussillon.  All are driven by the grape that drives me, GRENACHE.  They have some similarities to west Paso, though are different worlds all together.  Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas have outcroppings of limestone. Roussillon’s soils are schist and granite though have a coastal proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. 

I find myself drawn to the modern traditionalist; those that are farming in the way of their forefathers and also have their finger on the pulse of great wines from around the world. They may farm biodynamically and enjoy white Burgundy, Barolo and Champagne.  They don’t just make wine, they live wine!  A short list would be Julian Barrot, Louis Barroul, Philippe Cambie, Isabel Ferrando, Michel Gassier, Maxime Magnon and Gilles Troullier.  All of these people have a drive, enthusiasm and passion for wine that inspires me to constantly look forward to become a better winegrower and winemaker. I encourage you to find a wine from any of these fine folks and pull a cork.  Let me know what you think.  ~ Cris