Winemaker, Perliss Estate
Studied viticulture in Burgundy and enology at UC Davis. Winemaker in Bordeaux, Italy, South America, and Napa. Began his own label, Pott Wine in 2007. Consults for several wineries in Napa, including Seven Stones, Blackbird, Fisher.
Country born: America
Education: Studied viticulture in Burgundy and enology at UC Davis. Mentored by John Kongsgaard.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Honors / Awards:
Winemaker of the Year - Food and Wine Magazine 2012
I make wine because I need the intellectual challenge and the satisfaction of crafting something beautiful for those that will appreciate it. I look forward to those foggy, pre-harvest mornings when you taste the grapes and begin to imagine what they will do in the glass. I practice viticulture because the vine is the ultimate teacher, no matter how long you have been at it. In every case they show you, often with humor, how wrong or right you were! Vines give you back the effort you put in, which is a rarity in life and utterly satisfying.