"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."
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
Alice Sutro is an interdisciplinary winemaker, artist, and mother. "No one in my family had ever made vineyard designate wines from our volcanic terroir along the Russian River, in the Mayacama foothills, so I took that on as an extension of my creative life."