What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn


July 12, 201652 min
SONJA MAGDEVSKI – WINEMAKER, CASA DUMETZ WINES  Casa Dumetz is located on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail 388 BELL STREET LOS ALAMOS, CA 93440 Casa Dumetz Wines started in 2004 with a patch of raw earth, a bucket of grapevines and a sincere commitment to produce authentic, elegant and pleasurable wines.  Our focus is small production Rhone varietals crafted on the foundation of premiere Santa Barbara County fruit. Vineyard tours/barrel sampling sessions available by appointment for wine club members. Wines are sold almost exclusively through our tasting room in historic Los Alamos and via our wine club. ABOUT SONJA: I approach my work with a lifetime of exquisite flavors, travels and experiences.  A journalist by training and now a winemaker by passion, I am regularly inspired to never quit searching for that moment – the instant where it all makes sense.  The two professions also continue to challenge me whether through words or wine, to craft timeless stories that are better when shared with others.  I have discovered that winemaking and writing are very similar pursuits – the story is in the grapes, the harvest, the people, and the season. Each year is a fresh renewal. My goal today is to create vibrant, balanced and pleasurable wines using the basic ingredients of premium Santa Barbara County fruit, dedication and hard work. My undergraduate work is in Political Science from the University of Michigan and my graduate work is in Journalism from Michigan State University. I received a Fulbright Scholarship to The Republic of Macedonia in 1998-1999 to study ethnic issues. The pursuit was to better understand the paths toward peace. I do that now through wine. My wine education and training are primarily on the job, in the vineyard and the cellar, and through the viticulture and enology classes at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif. I started making wine in the garage in 2004 and moved to commercial production in 2008. My mentors and inspirations in Santa Barbara County and beyond are too many to list here.  You’d be reading names and places for days.  Thankfully the list keeps growing each year.  This is a wonderful area to make wine with extraordinary fruit.  Come and visit, taste some wine, and I will tell you all about it. CASADUMETZWINES.COM CHRISTOPHER HYDE – GENERAL MANAGER, HYDE VINEYARDS & DIRECTOR OF VITICULTURE, HDV HYDE DE VILLAINE ABOUT HYDE VINEYARDS: In 1979, Larry Hyde began planting vineyards on the pasture land in Carneros that would become Hyde Vineyards. Larry’s work experience at various vineyards and wineries and travels through the North Coast region led him to this site, with ideal East facing slopes, gentle sun exposure and cool coastal influence. His experimental attitude and pioneer spirit has brought about one of the most unique vineyards in the area. With a great diversity of clonal selections, experiments in vine row orientation, and rootstalk trials which span over 33 years on what is now nearly 200 acres. In 1980, Larry met his wife Beta in Burgundy where they had been working harvest in Aubert and Pamela DeVillaine’s estate vineyards. Beta, originally from Poland, came to California a few years later. They have two sons, Christopher and Peter, who grew up at Hyde Vineyards, where they worked and played among the vines, making home-made wine and working in the fields, which they continue to do to this day. Hyde Vineyards is situated on gently rolling hills. Chardonnay variety, which we grow most of, is facing South-East. The soil is about 36 inches deep, and the subsoil is impenetrable clay. Summer temperatures are cooled by its proximity to San Pablo Bay and by the fog. Ancient creekbeds provide drainage to the red clay loam, and add a scattering of rocks. The new plantings are spaced 5.5 x 7 feet, and the rows are oriented North-South. ABOUT CHRISTOPHER: Christopher obtained a degree in Agricultural Business and Viticulture from the Califo


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