"I wanted to work with Petite Sirah specifically because it is a personal favorite," says Merisi founder Mandy Donovan. "It really is the closest thing California has to a heritage varietal."
Erin Rasmussen is a native of the Great Lakes region who spent a decade making wine in Napa Valley, Sonoma, and New Zealand before returning to Wisconsin to focus on cold-hardy varieties and hybrids. She founded American Wine Project in 2018.
In addition to making an excellent classic Chardonnay, Melody Meckfessel is an accomplished software engineering executive .
Oregon winemaker Leah Jorgensen has long specialized in Cabernet Franc, which she calls "the ultimate Cinderella grape", with consistently remarkable results.
"I think that one skill that I learned in the Marine Corps was to never give up, no matter what. Being a Black woman, first-generation in wine, with a wine brand from an up-and-coming wine region, I’ve experienced more adversaries than most but I don’t give up, I just press in harder knowing the other side of the pain far outweighs the current stage." ~Cheramie Law