"My classical training as a singer has given back to me in so many ways within my life now as a winemaker. One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that this business takes an orchestra to make wine."
"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.