Winemaker, Schramsberg Vineyards
My winemaking experience has allowed me the opportunity to work and mentor with many talented winemakers. The trait that I cherish most from my past experience and one that I instill in today is that no job is too small or insignificant to make a difference in wine quality.
Country born: United States
Education: Bachelors of Science: Enology and Viticulture: California State University Fresno
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Honors / Awards:
96 points / 2002 J. Schram - Wine Enthusiast
94 points / 2002 J. Schram - Wine News
92 points / 2002 J. Schram - Wine Spectator
92 points / 2002 Reserve - Wine Enthusiast
90 points / 2002 Reserve - Wine Spectator
Working closely in the vineyards with the growers throughout the growing season to ensure that the highest quality fruit is delivered to the winery. To me, winemaking success is achieved in the vineyard; using minimalist winemaking techniques, I work to express the varietal and unique characteristics of each vineyard. I believe I have succeeded when the finished wine has intriguing character that challenges and rewards the senses.