CWP: How did you get into wine making?
Our family purchased Mesa Park Vineyards in 2009. Chuck, my dad, and I share the wine making duties and responsibilities. We rely on him because he has an extensive engineering background and is very process driven which is extremely important in wine making.
CWP: If you weren’t in the wine business, where would you be working?
This is a dream come true for our family. We have our own vineyard and spend a lot of time working the vines. If we were not doing this hopefully we would be in another agriculture venture.
CWP: What do you do when you’re not at the winery?
We spend a lot of time at the winery, but we love to cook and prepare meals and entertain at our place. We enjoy our menus with a wide variety of wine, but we try to support our local wines which are excellent in quality right now.
CWP: What is a wine that you currently do not make that you want to make?
We are making our first rosé this year. We picked merlot grapes about two weeks ago to start this process. We kept the juice on the skins for about 16 hours and then pressed the juice into a stainless steel fermentation tank where it is slowly fermenting. The plan is to have a nice dry rosé. We will be bottling this is the Spring of 2012.
CWP: If you could make wine in any wine region in the world, other than Colorado, where would you be making wine and why?
I am excited to explore other wine regions in the world and be able to think about it from a winemaker's perspective. I would love to go to New Zealand, France, Spain and Germany. So, ask me again in a few years....
CWP: What is the best bottle of wine you’ve ever drunk?
I recently had a 1986 Dom Pérignon that a sommelier friend shared with us, although past its prime it was amazing how well it had stood up. I would love to make a sparkling wine someday.
CWP: To what style of music would you compare your wine lineup?
Norah Jones: high quality, classic, mellow and pairs well with food and good company.
CWP: What do you think consumers should think of when they think about Colorado Wine?
I think the ones who have discovered it are very impressed with the quality. Our job is to get our wines in more people's hands.
CWP: Where do you see the Colorado wine industry in 10 years?
I see the Industry continuing to grow at a steady pace and the quality continuing to improve. I am encouraged with the support consumers are giving to local small businesses that focus on quality.
CWP: What question would you like to ask me and my readers?
Have you been to Palisade? If not please come and meet my family at Mesa Park Vineyards soon!