CWP: How did you get into winemaking?
I started making wine as a sophomore at Tupper Lake High School in 1985. My biology teacher was very inspiring, and, upon learning that I could create my own alcohol in my home kitchen, I embarked on orange juice wine and concord grape juice wine.
CWP: If you weren’t in the wine business, where would you be working?
If I weren’t in the wine business I would be in the restaurant business.
CWP: What do you do when you’re not at the winery?
Sleep, eat, drink, clean house & laundry, play with the cat, and enjoy my fiancée Judy’s company.
CWP: What is a wine that you currently do not make that you want to make?
A sparkling wine!
CWP: If you could make wine in any wine region in the world, other than Colorado, where would you be making wine and why?
Barolo, Italy. I would like to study the white wines of the Barolo region, and the red grapes Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo. I find it fascinating that these grapes are used to create new wines, everyday table wines, and special “Sunday dinner” wines. Also, the pairing of these regional wines with local food would be a major reason to live there.
CWP: What is the best bottle of wine you’ve ever drunk?
1996 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir
CWP: To what style of music would you compare your wine lineup?
Great question...A blend of Gregorian chant, Jimmy McGriff, and Hank Williams III.
CWP: What do you think consumers should think of when they think about Colorado Wine?
The uniqueness of being able to grow world-class grapes in our state and the friendly folks that grow them.
CWP: Wheredo you see the Colorado wine industry in 10 years?
In 10 years, our wineries will be more integrated into our local communities as a source of local wine, unique places to hold events and hubs of local foodie culture.
CWP: What question would you like to ask me and my readers?
What was the last bottle of Colorado wine that made you feel that Colorado winemaker’s are on the right track?