— Work with as many different winemakers as you can, there is something to be learned from all of them.
During my Senior year of High School in El Dorado County, two friends and I did a Winemaking 4-H project. We won Best of Show at the county fair for our Blackberry wine. After High School, I attended UC Davis and studied Enology, upon graduation I started working in the Napa Valley.
Bottling…enough said. The other greatest challenge is to keep striving to produce better wines. Working to improve the grapes we harvest from our vineyards, trying new cellar techniques to make better wines while holding true to producing balanced wines with a sense of elegance.
I do not know, it is the only job I have had as a grown up. But if I had to really think about it I might have worked with my father in his beekeeping business.
The small size of the Napa Valley and the climate of the area. We have great weather, a big diurnal temperature shift, and an excellent average humidity to allow the vines to work and not give us too much mildew pressure. We can be sustainable in our farming and winemaking practices.
Work with as many different winemakers as you can, there is something to be learned from all of them.
We do a lot to educate guests on how wonderful the climate is here, really try to show them that while Napa County wines are awesome, it is only makes up a small percentage of wine that is produced California.
Louis Pascal, my brother and my dad.
We try to grow the best grapes we can on Howell Mountain and then work to craft wines that have intensity, balance and a sense of place.
There have been more than one. Mike Grgich for his striving to produce balanced wines. Jerry Seps for the dedication to producing Estate Grown wines. Koerner Rombauer for his chutzpah and generosity.
I get to make something that people enjoy and share with their family and loved ones. I think wines highest and best use is “wooing.” The fact that at times my wines are involved with bringing two people together is gratifying. A second is the ability to go home from work cook something tasty and enjoy a glass of one of the wines I have made.