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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: In Pursuit of Chardonnay Perfection

It’s fitting that David Ramey has a Bachelor’s in Literature because he’s pretty much written the book on crafting fine Chardonnays from distinctive California vineyards. But his influence goes beyond Chardonnay. Ask anyone who has worked with him and they will tell you he’s the genuine article: he works the plan ...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People: The Consistent Force Behind Sustainability in Practice

Over the holidays, I stopped to taste the extraordinary array of wines at Castoro Cellars in Paso Robles and almost tripped over the SIP certified sign at the entrance. This winery is proud of their role as an early adapter of Sustainability in Practice (SIP) and the principle of sustainable practices don’t stop with a sign ...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People: Blazing the Way for Canadian Wine

Christine Coletta is a force in the development of the Canadian wine scene. Although she is the popular founder of one of the first custom crush facilities, Okanagan Custom Crush, her latest venture is only one in a long history of building respect for the British Columbia wine scene ...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: Bringing People Together for the Advancement...

If you’re one of the many wineries—or consumers—that have benefited over the years from the ability to ship across state lines and increased access to choice, you can thank James (Jim) Trezise. He’s been on the front lines helping wineries survive in the face of the 3-tier distribution debacle, guaranteeing that wine lovers can get more of the wines they want, and thereby helping grow the US market for boutique wines.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People: Unwavering Commitment to Ideals and Causes

Identifying the inspiration for Beth Novak Milliken’s long and successful career took no more than a moment ...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: Leveraging the Wine Community to Benefit...

If you were making a list of people in the wine industry with an inspirational tale to tell, Ashley Trout’s name would have to be at the top ...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020

The North American wine industry is fortunate to have many passionate and inspiring luminaries, some that grew up among the vines, and others that...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: The Vine Whisperer

Anybody growing grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains has heard the name Prudy Foxx. If they have a true love of the vine and all it stands for, they’ve hired her to help them grow the best grapes possible. Foxx is a well-known, well-traveled, and well-schooled viticultural consultant, helping vineyard owners decide the best varieties to grow and how best to grow them in their particular microclimate. And here in the mountains, everything is microclimate.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Role Model and Advocate for...

Dina Opici is President of Opici Family Distributing, a family-owned wine and spirits distribution company based in Glen Rock, New Jersey, established by her great-grandparents, Joseph and Esther Opici in 1934, then led for over 40 years by her grandparents, Hubert and Rose Opici, beginning in 1944. The company is part of The Opici Group, which also includes and the import business, Opici Wines.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Striving for Quality and Uniqueness

Roman Roth's competitive fire was mentioned by many of his associates. It has driven Wolffer Estate to star status in a wine region that now occupies an international stage with Roth playing a leading role during that ascent. It has earned him, besides numerous accolades and critical acclaim, recognition as one of Wine’s Most Inspiring People.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Wine Communication Artist

As one gets to know Brown and follows her unconventional life to where it has lead her now – to the top of the wine writing heap – it becomes evident that this simple belief, or really practice, has been the reason her life has been an adventure. Not an adventure of extreme sports or pushing the limits, but an adventure of exploration. She chooses a path and excels, then may choose another path and give that avenue her full attention.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Washington’s Terroir Scientist and Explorer

“I was once like the Indiana Jones of Himalayan geology,” said Kevin Pogue PhD. He explains the cultural, political and topographical setting of his research sites in northwestern Pakistan would have made the famous fictional explorer feel right at home. World changes caused this Washington based geologist to turn his attentions from ancient lands across the globe to those under the vines. The vineyards of the Pacific Northwest have never been the same.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little...

Some see Tom Wark as an advocate for the wine industry, given his role as the Executive Director of National Association of Wine Retailers since 2007, but he prefers to think of himself as an outspoken voice for the “little guy.” Since 2004, he’s been unapologetically airing concerns over the three-tier distribution system and lack of consumer choice in the marketplace, lambasting what he terms “rent seeking, special interests and other self serving groups.”

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Adventurous Winemaker and Mensch

Many know Mick Schroeter’s talents in winemaking and his path from the big reds of Penfold’s to the delicate Russian River Valley Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of his current gig as Head of Winemaking at Sonoma-Cutrer, as well as his entry to Sonoma County wines at Geyser Peak where their Sauvignon Blanc became the standard bearer for U.S. produced wines of this variety.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Oregon’s Wine Culture Disruptor

Right from the get go, it was a lively curiosity grounded in unpretentiousness that led Ryan Harms to the Oregon terroir and marked his ascent as CEO of one of the biggest brands in the state.