That decision was one of fate and inspiration.
In 1979 I began my career as a harvest employee at Robert Mondavi Winery. We called it the University Of Robert Mondavi. If you had the passion for wine, the sky was the limit as you had some of the best to learn from. In 1993 I took a position as the Cellarmaster of Opus One winery and had the opportunity to work directly with Tim Mondavi and Patrick Leon’. Patrick was the winemaker at Chateau Mouton. Sitting in and being 100% involved in the philosophy of style and the art of winemaking was a wonderful experience. I truly enjoyed working with them both. So much to be learned from two of the greats. Flash forward and 21 years had passed. During those 21 years I had managed all production at Opus One and left as the Assistant Winemaker. During those 21 years I had interns from all over the world to work with and to teach and learn from as well. Great ideas can come from many different places.
I am happy to share this interest with my son. His passion and energy for this project is quite inspiring. To have him share my love for winemaking has given me a renewed energy to focus even more on making wines of small quantities and highest quality with a style that is our own.