ARTISAN OF THE MONTH
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT LONG MEADOW RANCH (LMR)?
Mayacamas Estate Winemaker
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH LMR?
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PROJECT AT LMR?
Cabernet Sauvignon winemaking
WHAT DO YOU WISH OTHER PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT LMR?
That LMR also produces varietal grappa and olive oil
TELL US HOW YOU GOT INTO WINEMAKING.
I was born in the small mountain town of Zamora outside of Michoacan, Mexico. When I was a teenager, I came to California to help my brother pick crops. We did contract work by the piece, picking lettuce, broccoli, and many kinds of crops. With all the nursery fields, it was breathtakingly beautiful. I returned to Mexico to finish high school and came back to California and ended up in Rutherford. My brother-in-law worked in the vineyard at Freemark Abbey, which gave me the connection that led to my first winery job.
WHAT KIND OF TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE WINEMAKING INDUSTRY?
In the 31 years of my career in Napa Valley, the winemaking industry has been pressurized by vendors and researchers with innovative winemaking methods, tools and products that are supposed to make better wine for the public. Although, some tools and products are beneficial for winemaking, I totally disagree in using synthetic products as wine additives. Winemaking is a natural process. We the winemakers have the responsibility to produce and deliver a sustainable food product to our patrons.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
BEST VACATION YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN?
Europe with my family
RED OR WHITE WINE?
BICYCLE OR MOTORCYCLE?
SUSHI OR PIZZA?
IPHONE OR ANDROID?
MOUNTAINS OR OCEAN?