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The Winemaker's Hand

Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir

Natalie Berkowitz

In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. They talk about familiar and unfamiliar grape varietals, their struggles with local terroirs, and the vagaries of Mother Nature. Some represent small family wineries with limited production while others work for corporations producing hundreds of thousands of bottles. Each individual offers rare insight into how new technologies are revolutionizing historic winemaking practices. The interviews are supplemented with personal recipes and maps of winemaking regions. An aroma wheel captures the vast array of wine's complex flavors and aromas.

About the Author

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the blog Winealicious. She taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University for over a decade.

"Few if any wine writers have devoted as much time and care as Berkowitz to the disparate paths to evolution of the winemaker's emotional intelligence that result in memorable wines from around the world." — Armand Gilinsky, Sonoma State University

"A unique book. I learned from the interviews why certain wines are my favorites and constantly stand out from all others." — Robert Gutenstein, Member of Council International Wine and Food Society and former President of The Wine and Food Society - New York

"For those who are serious about understanding the essence of fine wine, The Winemaker's Hand is a must. Through this book wine lovers can travel, at least vicariously, to important wine regions and experience the dedication and passion of vintners. Special wines come from special places. And special wines are made by special people. This book is special, too -- worthy of its subject and deserving of your attention. Savor it as you would the wines of the talented enologists who inspire its story." — Anthony Verdoni, "The Wine Professor" and host of Eat Drink Italy with Vic Rallo

"These interviews with winemakers from all over the world present an irresistible opportunity for other winemakers, students of winemaking and wine lovers in general to get inside their heads. The author has these fascinating people talking informally about their diverse paths to winemaking, and what influences their winemaking decisions and preferences. This is an insider's look at a life that many would envy." — Michaela Rodeno, Co-owner Villa Ragazzi Winery and former CEO of St. Supéry Winery

"Natalie's in-depth research and interviews with top winemakers from all over the world are compelling and authoritative. The dialogue with each winemaker is an intimate look at the individual nature of winemaking along with the artistry and passion it takes to create world-class wines" — Jack Daniels, President and Founder, Wilson Daniels

"The Winemaker's Hand... is full of valuable interviews, research and insight, giving voice to the vintners." — Newsday

"A joy to browse, The Winemaker's Hand is especially recommended for sophisticated wine connoisseurs." — Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the blog Winealicious. She taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University for over a decade.

Preface
Introduction
Tracing the Historic Wine Trail
Conversations with Winemakers
The United States
California
Napa Valley
• Joel Burt—Domaine Chandon
• Cathy Corison—Corison Winery
• Bill Dyer—Dyer Vineyard
• Dawnine Dyer—Dyer Vineyard
• Miljenko "Mike" Grgich—Grgich Hills Estate and Croatia
• Chris Phelps—Swanson Vineyards and Ad Vivum
• Michael Scholz—St. Supéry Winery
• Spring Mountain District
• Stuart Smith—Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery
• David Stevens—Consultant
• Tom Tiburzi—Domaine Chandon
• Ernie Weir—Hagafen Cellars
• John Williams—Frog's Leap Winery
Los Carneros
• Armand Ceja—Ceja Vineyards
• Stéphane Vivier—HdV Winery and Vivier Wines
Mendocino
• John Chiarito—Chiarito Vineyard
Sonoma
• Guy Davis—Davis Family Vineyards
New York State
Finger Lakes
• Peter B. Saltonstall—King Ferry Winery and Treleaven Wines
Long Island
• Joe Macari Jr.—Macari Vineyard
• Kelly Urbanik—Macari Vineyard
North Carolina
Sharon Fenchak—Biltmore Estate
Oregon
Sheila Nicholas—Anam Cara Cellars
Chile
Casablanca Valley
Grant Phelps—Casas del Bosque
England
Cherie Spriggs—Nyetimber Vineyard
France
Bordeaux
• Margaux
Philippe Delfaut—Château Kirwin
• Alexander van Beek—Châteaux du Tertre and Giscours—and Caiarossa
Graves
Olivier Bernard—Domaine de Chevalier
Sauternes
Xavier Planty—Château Guirard
Burgundy
Etienne de Montille
Italy
Friuli
Giovanni Dri—Il Roncat
Lombardy
Andrea Peri—Peri Bigogno Winery
Sicily
Alessio Planeta—Planeta Winery and Vineyards
Soave
Giovanni Ponchia—Consorzio Tutela
Tuscany
Sergio Gargari—Pieve de' Pitti
• Filippo Rocchi—Castelvecchio
Veneto
Cristian Ridolfi—Casa Vinicola Bertani
Portugal
Duoro
Casimiro Alves—Vercoope Cooperative
• Domingos Soares Franco—José Maria Da Fonseca
Spain
Rioja
Pedro Benito Saez—Bodegas Urbina de Crianza
• Oscar Montaña Porres—Marques de Tomares Wineries
Germany
Mosel
Raimund Prüm—S. A. Prüm
Greece
Santorini
Yiannis Paraskevopoulos—Gaia Wines
Slovenia
Jurij Brumec—Sanctum
Israel
Golan Heights
Micha Vaadia—Galil Mountain Winery
Conclusion
The Aroma Wheel
Glossary of Wine Terms
Glossary of Wine Varietals

About the Author

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the blog Winealicious. She taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University for over a decade.

Read excerpts from Natalie Berkowitz's conversation with two California winemakers:

About the Author

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the blog Winealicious. She taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University for over a decade.

About the Author

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the blog Winealicious. She taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University for over a decade.

About the Author

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the blog Winealicious. She taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University for over a decade.