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Clarissa Nagy; winemaker mom

Clarissa Nagy; winemaker mom

 

 

Five Women Simultaneously Raise Babes and Barrels
Making a barrel of fine wine is much like raising good kids. In the beginning, before birth and budbreak, you provide the water and nutrition that the next generation needs. Then you take what nature gives you, be that infants or grapes, and do your best to raise them up right. Plenty can go wrong along the way, but if enough care and time is invested, the end result is usually worth showing off to family and friends.

No surprise, then, that five of the best winemakers on the Central Coast also happen to be mothers. That’s what I learned one day in February, when I joined Clarissa Nagy, Helen Falcone, Tessa Parker, Brooke Carhartt, and Denise Shurtleff for lunch at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery in the Santa Maria Valley. What ensued was a little talk about their kids and a lot of technical talk about whose cooperage they used last year, what types of yeast they’re trying out, and which clones are working best in which vintages. Enjoy these mini-profiles of each woman and some of the wines we tried, just in time for Mother’s Day.

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If so, where’s the action?

 

We’ve all heard it said—many of us have probably said it ourselves—that we’re living in a Golden Age for fine wine. But is it true?

I’d say that, yes, it is true—up to a point. It is a Golden Age for fine wine. But not for every producer, and it’s not everywhere, either. And that, in turn, is why not everyone gets in on the golden deal merely by showing up with a credit card. You’ve got to know where to look.

For example, this is not really a golden era for Napa Valley. Oh sure, it’s golden in the financial sense. Don’t cry for Napa’s Evitas. They’re doing just fine, thank you.

But Napa’s golden moment is now past. It occurred back in the 1980s. That was when you saw and felt and tasted an electrifying excitement. New wineries seemingly emerged every day. New concepts in winemaking were explored, exalted and then sometimes discarded, all in the name of a continuing revolution—and revelation.
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