Posts Tagged ‘winemaker’

Ntsiki Biyela.

Ntsiki Biyela.


Having rounded up our top 50 most powerful women in wine over the past few weeks, we wanted to alert you to our women to watch in 2013.

Hot on the heels of our top 50 are a slew of energetic go-getters hungry for their time in the wine spotlight.

Among them is Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black female winemaker.

Based at Stellenbosch estate Stellekaya since 2005, though cautious of the pioneer tag, the dynamic young winemaker hopes to have helped pave the way for future black female winemakers to emerge in the region.

In 2009, she was named South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year.

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Natalie Oliveros poses in her apartment in New York

Natalie Oliveros.



There’s a good chance that you might recognize Natalie Oliveros, a.k.a. Savanna Samson, from her roles in such award-winning adult films as The Masseuse with Jenna Jameson, The New Devil in Miss Jones and Debbie Does Dallas… Again. (We’ll spare you the hyperlinks). But would you believe us if we said we knew her instead from her work with acclaimed winemaker Roberto Cipresso of Fattoria La Fiorita? Didn’t think so. Oliveros started working with Cipresso in 2006 and has since become a partner in the winery. The newest release, La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 2006, will be released in early 2013. She talked to us about her transition from adult film to Italian wine.

Have you always been into wine?
When I was still in the adult industry, I thought making wine would be a way to carry on a legacy, something my family and I could be proud of. But it actually brought me back to my roots. When I was a little girl, I made wine in the basement with my dad. My sister and I would take turns churning grapes. We would get in trouble because neighborhood boys were sneaking in to drink the wine. So, I always had an affinity to it.

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Further advance in English winemaking.

The popular image of Yorkshire, the historic region in the north of England, was long set in stone. The Wars of the Roses, county cricket, Yorkshire pudding, Black Sheep beer and coal mining. But its reputation is due for an update. Yorkshire is slowly building a reputation for producing wine – a development made possible by both climate change and the development of increasingly hardy grape varieties.

The region’s longest-established vineyard, Leventhorpe, which is situated near Leeds, has just released its first-ever rosé sparkling wine. The launch has been timed to hit the Christmas and New Year market, but Leventhorpe owner and winemaker George Bowden says it’s also a celebration of the winery’s success.

Leventhorpe has just five acres (2ha) of vines, all located within the city boundaries of Leeds. Bowden and his wife, Janet, began planting vines here in 1985, when English wine was still regarded as an eccentricity, not to mention a joke. Twenty-seven years later, Leventhorpe’s wines have been singled out for praise by… read on

Justin Timberlake Jessica Biel wedding photo.

Plus, Hip-hop star Timbaland introduces a sparkling blend of wine and vodka, Adam Carolla introduces Mangria and more Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts

National treasure (in Unfiltered’s opinion, at least) Justin Timberlake married actress Jessica Biel this past month. We declined the invitation that was no doubt lost in the mail, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have the inside scoop on the couple’s private wedding wine, which was served and also given as gifts to their guests, who reportedly included Saturday Night Live vets Andy Samberg, Jimmy Fallon, and hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland (more on him in a bit …). The Timberlake-Biel wedding cuvée was a red blend made from Alexander Valley Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2009 vintage. Only two barrels were made by Jessie Katz, who is winemaker at Lancaster Estate in Alexander Valley, and a friend of the Biel and Timberlake families. Rumor has it that they… read on