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The 10 Most Powerful Women in Wine


The Drinks Business Magazine recently published a list of the 50 most powerful women in the wine industry. We proudly give you a countdown of the top 10:

10. Laura Jewell, MW: As the head of the wine buying team at Tesco, the U.K.’s largest supermarket chain, Jewell wields enormous power over British palates.

9. Corinne Mentzelopoulos: The owner and manager of Bordeaux’s First Growth Château Margaux. Château Margaux holds the record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever broken. When a bottle of the 1787 was dropped, the insurance company paid out $200,000 for the spilled wine.

8. Judy Leissner: At only 24 years old, Leissner took over China’s legendary Grace Vineyard from her father and transformed the winery into an internationally recognized producer of fine wine.

7. Debra Meiburg, MW: Meiburg is the first Asia-based Master of Wine and the founder of Asia’s largest wine competition, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition.

6. Danièle Ricard: Last year Ricard took control of her family’s legacy, Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest drinks company. She’s now in charge of Mumm and Perrier-Jouët Champagnes, plus Australian brand Jacob’s Creek and Spain’s Campo Viejo.

5. Lalou Bize-Leroy: The grand dame of Burgundy was instrumental in raising Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to its current iconic status. Now, she has her own winery Domaine Leroy and produces some of the most expensive ($2,500 per bottle) wines in region.

4. Baroness Philippine de Rothschild: Once a young actress in Paris, Rothschild now directs the operations of Bordeaux powerhouses such as Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Clerc Milon, and Château d’Amallhac, as well as California-based Opus One and the Chilean winery Almaviva.

3. Annette Alvarez-Peters: Who is the largest importer of French wine to the U.S., with more than $1 billion in annual wine sales? Costco. And Costco’s director of wine buying? Annette Alvarez-Peters.

2. Jancis Robinson, MW: U.K journalist Robinson provides expert advice to Queen Elizabeth II for her majesty’s wine cellar. Robinson was the editor of the hallmark reference book, The Oxford Companion to Wine.

1. Gina Gallo: As chief winemaker at Gallo Family Vineyards, Gina Gallo oversees the winemaking operations of the world’s largest privately owned winery, with sales of 75 million cases of wine per year.

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10 of the Most Powerful Female Characters in Literature

[Editor’s note: In celebration of the holidays, we’re spending the next two Tuesdays by counting down the top 12 Flavorwire features of 2012. This post, at #12, was originally published March 3rd.] Since March is Women’s History Month, we’ve been thinking a lot about the women who have had positive and lasting impacts on our lives — and perhaps not surprisingly for a bunch of literary geeks like us, we’ve realized that many of them are fictional. For all the hullabaloo about the dearth of strong female characters in modern culture, thankfully there are some wonderfully powerful, kick-ass maidens that have inspired us with their strength, self-discovery, and incredible brilliance over the years. Click through to see our list of ten of the most powerful female characters in literature, and then be sure to pipe up with your own suggestions — we’ve chosen the ten who resonate most deeply with us here, but since there are many more than ten strong ladies in literature (thank goodness), we want to know which ones blow you away on a daily basis.

One of the earliest representations of an individualistic, passionate and complex female character, Jane Eyre knocks our socks off. Though she suffers greatly, she always relies on herself to get back on her feet — no wilting damsel in distress here. As China Miéville wrote, “Charlotte Brontë’s heroine towers over those around her, morally, intellectually and aesthetically she’s completely admirable and compelling. Never camp, despite her Gothic surrounds, she takes a scalpel to the skin of the every day.”

Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter series

In the Harry Potter books, Hermione starts as an insufferable know-it-all, blossoms into a whip-smart beauty who doesn’t suffer fools (except Ron), and ends up as the glue that holds the whole operation together. Hermione’s steadfastness and sheer intelligence (plus the fact that she’s the only one who has ever read Hogwarts: A History) save her two best friends time and time again, and she’s the only one of the three never to wholly break down in a crisis. Intelligence often translates into strength, but only when wielded by a steady hand — and Hermione just happens to have both, and compassion to boot. That’s our kind of girl.

Chaucer didn’t mean to make the Wife of Bath as big of a character as he did. Early drafts show that her role was meant to be much smaller and more one-dimensional, but somewhere along the line, Chaucer became enamored of his female creation, and eventually her prologue ended up twice as long as her tale. The Wife of Bath is lewd and lascivious — but behind all the dirty jokes, she’s making an argument for female dominance and a woman’s right to control her body, using her considerable rhetorical skill to simultaneously underscore and attack the anti-feminist traditions of the time. Not too shabby for 14th century literature.

Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games trilogy

Sure, Katniss annoys us to no end with all her boy-related waffling and wailing, but any girl who can shoot like that deserves a place on this list. Not to mention the fact that she survived not one but two 24-person fights to the death, one of which was designed specifically to kill her. We’re just saying.

Though Hester Prynne, who is condemned by her Puritan neighbors for having a child out of wedlock, is sometimes seen as a victim, she manages to survive with dignity and faith throughout, which we think makes her pretty darn powerful. NPR has described her as being “among the first and most important female protagonists in American literature. She’s the embodiment of deep contradictions: bad and beautiful, holy and sinful, conventional and radical… [she] can be seen as Hawthorne’s literary contemplation of what happens when women break cultural bounds and gain personal power.”

Though Tolkien’s novels aren’t exactly known for their female protagonists, who could be more powerful than the woman who killed the Witch-king of Angmar? A shieldmaiden who is itching to defend her countrymen from the first minute we see her, Éowyn disguises herself as a man to follow her friends into battle. Bad guys should be careful making statements like “No living man can kill me” when they’re fighting ladies.

Lyra Silvertongue, His Dark Materials trilogy

Not only is she the instrumental piece in a literally cosmic war, the unruly and headstrong Lyra, who is twelve years old at the beginning of the trilogy, can do something no one else can: read the alethiometer, which tells her the truth of the present and future. She wins the hearts of those around her through her strong convictions, and earns the name “Silvertongue” after using her wits to fool the unfoolable. After all, words are the most powerful weapons of all.

A remarkably independent woman, Janie Crawford’s strength is in her ability to keep on going, no matter what her life throws at her, and to uphold her dignity throughout. She challenges the conventions of who should love whom and what leads to a happy life, her experience leading her on a journey towards an acute self-realization.

Though you may know Mulan best from the Disney film, she was originally imagined in the 6th century Chinese poem The Ballad of Mulan and has since been reinterpreted in various literary and non-literary forms. Unlike in the Disney version, which features a bumbling girl trying to be a soldier, the traditional figure is a totally bad-ass seventeen year old, already a martial arts and weapons expert — just things she picked up on the side because she was too smart to be totally happy with her life of weaving. She goes to war in place of her father, wins all over the place, and then comes home and returns to her normal life. No big deal.

The powerful female protagonist of the hour is also one of the strongest women on this list. A world class computer hacker with a photographic memory, she’s also the survivor of an abusive childhood, which makes her a fiercely anti-social heroine with a violent streak. Characterized by many as a “feminist avenging angel,” Lisbeth’s brutality is nothing to aspire to — but she sure gets the job done.


Lidl is beefing up its wine range. Here are 16 I think are worth trying

Lidl seems to have put a concerted effort into improving its wines. I’ve been able to taste a reasonable number of the bottles in a range that has just gone on sale, and will be available while stocks last. Some offer good value for money. Overall, the whites are textured, with a rounded, off-dry finish that will appeal to most wine drinkers. The reds include three attractive Riojas and a few other good Spanish wines, as well as some good-value New World wines.

White wines

Os Portapazos Vino Blanco 2019, €6.99
From Galicia, in northeastern Spain, a light, refreshing white with plump pear fruits. Perfect summer drinking by itself or with lighter seafood dishes.

Riesling 2019, Leyda Valley, €9.99
Not in the same league as the Second Fleet Riesling below, but it costs €5 less. Fragrant with baked red apples, and with lively citrus acidity. Nice as an aperitif or with Thai prawns or chicken.

Outlook Bay Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018, New Zealand, €9.99
Hawkes Bay is the premium region for Chardonnay in New Zealand. This has soft, ripe, juicy peach fruits, a squeeze of zesty lime, and very subtle toasted nuts. Try it with seared and poached salmon or lighter chicken recipes.

Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Privada 2019, Central Valley, Chile, €6.99
Ripe, sweet, rounded tropical fruits, with just enough acidity to retain a freshness. Sip with friends or try it with Thai prawn curry.

Chardonnay Gran Reserva 2018 Aconcagua Valley, Chile, €10.99
Full-bodied, textured and rich, with abundant tropical fruits and a rounded finish. Try it with seared salmon or grilled chicken.

The Second Fleet Riesling 2019, Tasmania, €14.99
One of the stars of my tasting – a quality reflected in the price, sadly. This is a very appealing crisp wine, its acidity balanced by fresh green apple fruits. Perfect with shellfish – prawns or crab.

Red wines

Veritas 2018, Palmela, Portugal, €8.99
Medium-bodied, with dark cherry and plum fruits, a touch of spice and a good dry finish. Try it with grilled lamb chops or a barbecued leg of lamb.

Cape Voyage Special Edition Shiraz Viognier 2017, Western Cape, South Africa, €9.99
Fragrant aromas, elegant, savoury dark fruits and a nice smooth finish. A good all-rounder that will go with most white or red meats. Try it with grilled pork chops.

Pinot Noir Gran Reserva 2018, Valle de Leyda, €9.99
At 14.5 per cent alcohol, possibly not the most elegant Pinot, but it makes up for it. Fragrant, rich and concentrated, with powerful, smooth dark-cherry fruits, overlaid with a touch of spice. Nice wine and good value. Try it with duck or a chargrilled steak.

Syrah Reserva Privada 2019, Valle Central, Chile, €7.99
Nicely aromatic with ripe forest fruits and liquorice, with a rounded easy finish. This would be good with barbecued lamb shish kebabs.

Duck Point Merlot 2015, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, €9.99
Maturing soft, rounded, sweet cassis and plum fruits, with a touch of undergrowth. This would be good with roast duck.

Carles Priorat Crianza 2016, €9.99
From Catalunya, in northeastern Spain, a full-bodied wine with maturing slightly leafy dark fruits and a fine dry finish. Drink it alongside a grilled rib-eye steak.

Gran Cermeño 2015, Toro, €9.99
Powerful, tarry, jammy dark fruits overlaid with a touch of oak in a full-bodied, concentrated wine. Something substantial, such as pulled pork or spicy barbecued beef.

5 Oros, Rioja Crianza 2015, €9.99
Classic smooth Rioja, with vanilla spice complementing the maturing red fruits. A touch of tannin on the otherwise smooth finish. Roast chicken or pork chops.

Tarón 2016 Rioja Crianza, Rioja Alta, €9.99
A slightly fresher style of Rioja, with elegant dark cherry fruits overlaid with a light spiciness on the finish. Try this with barbecued lamb chops.

Tenue 2016, Rioja Crianza, €10.99
A fuller-bodied style of Rioja, with ripe dark blackcurrant and plum fruits, subtle vanilla spice and a rounded finish. With a garlicky roast of lamb.


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A low-sodium-high-potassium diet is beneficial for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart health in most cases.

Including grapes in the diet results in lower levels of inflammatory proteins and higher amounts of protective proteins in the retinas

Grapes contain certain enzymes which bring about anti-inflammatory effect in our body.


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A smooth and hearty flower wine with citrus notes that will warm you from head to toe.

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts dandelion blossoms
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 oranges, with peel, preferably organic
  • 1 lemon, with peel, preferably organic
  • 3 pounds sugar
  • 1 package wine yeast
  • 1 pound raisins, preferably organic

Instructions

  1. Collect the blossoms when they are fully open on a sunny day. Remove any green parts.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the flowers in a large pot or crock. Cover with a towel to keep dust out and let steep for three days. Still daily to keep the petals submerged.
  3. Prepare the oranges and the lemon. Zest (finely grate) about half of the rind and peel the rest off in very thin strips. You want to minimize the amount of white pith added to the brew.
  4. Finish peeling the citrus, and slice them into thin rounds.
  5. Add the lemon and the orange zest to the flower-water mixture and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, strain out solids, then add the sugar, stirring until it is dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  6. Add the yeast, orange and lemon slices, and raisins to the liquid. Put everything into a crock (or wide mouth carboy with airlock) to ferment. I cover my crock with a clean cotton towel held down by a rubber band. Stir daily with a wooden spoon or non-reactive stir stick.

Bottling the Wine

You have two options for bottling your homemade dandelion wine. You can- let it finish in bottles, or move to a carboy and then bottle.

To finish in bottles: When the primary fermentation mixture stops bubbling (1 -2 weeks), fermentation is almost done. Strain the liquid through several layers of cheesecloth or a flour sack towel and transfer to sterilized bottles.

Slip a deflated balloon over the top of each bottle to monitor for further fermentation. When the balloon remains deflated for 24 hours, fermentation is complete.

Cork the bottles and store in a cool, dark place for at least six months before drinking.

If you would like a clearer wine, rack the wine into a gallon carboy with airlock before the final bottling. Allow to ferment in the carboy for 2-3 months, and then rack into the bottles.

Notes

Do not seal bottles tightly before they finish fermenting, and don’t put them somewhere warm. Otherwise, you’ll end up with exploding bottles, like my sister, Mary, when she stashed them in a closet. Apparently, it sounded like there were bombs going off or they were being shot at.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer of Facebook 10th Most Powerful Woman in the World (Forbes) age 42

"I&aposve cried at work. I&aposve told people I&aposve cried at work. And it&aposs been reported in the press that &aposSheryl Sandberg cried on Mark Zuckerberg&aposs shoulder,&apos which is not exactly what happened. I talk about my hopes and fears and ask people about theirs. I try to be myself-honest about my strengths and weaknesses-and I encourage others to do the same. It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time."


It is the most common tequila-based cocktail.And made with tequila mixed with triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the rims.

It is distilled beverages is made from agave plants. Named after the tequila because it is the tequila-producing region, which lies 65 kilometers northwest of Guadalajara, Mexico.Tequila usually served with salt and lime.


6. Vera Wang

Company: Vera Wang

Net worth: $460 million (£350 million)

Vera Wang was a late bloomer, compared to the rest of the ladies on this list. It wasn’t until she designed her own wedding dress at the age of 40 that she decided to start her own fashion label. Luckily, Wang had all the right contacts, having worked at Vogue magazine, to make her brand a success. She has since expanded her company and now designs everything from jewellery to homeware and kitchenware, as well as clothes, shoes and accessories.


10 of Real Simple's Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Recipes That'll Make You Feel Better Than Ever

There are endless benefits to following an anti-inflammatory diet, from decreasing chronic indigestion and persistent body aches to lowering your risk of serious conditions like cancer, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's, arthritis, and heart disease. If you're new to the subject, inflammation simply refers to your body&rsquos natural process of fending off things that could be harmful&mdashinjuries, infections&mdashin an attempt to heal itself. Acute inflammation, like a bruise or mild swelling, is normal. But chronic inflammation can be detrimental to our health.

Thankfully, fighting chronic inflammation isn't rocket science. The easiest way to reduce your body&rsquos inflammation is to simply start eating more whole foods and fewer processed foods. There are a handful of foods&mdashberries, avocado, olive oil, fatty fish, green tea, broccoli, and more&mdashthat contain even more powerful, inflammation-fighting nutrients than most. Here, a collection of our favorite family-friendly Real Simple recipes that contain many of the most effective anti-inflammatory ingredients you'll find. And not that you even had to ask, but we promise they're all incredibly delicious.


Best Value: Alfred Gratien Brut

For four generations, the Jaeger family has been making world-class Champagne at the house of Alfred Gratien, with this as its flagship bottle. It's a particularly great value, as the non-vintage brut drinks like a $100 bottle. This Champagne is effervescent with a delicate mousse wonderful French pastry aromas build with freshly-baked biscuits, yellow apples, Bosc pears and cultured butter tinged with a white floral finish. It is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot blanc.


From Bosnia to Santa Barbara and the Forklift Wine Life — This Woman Winemaker Never Shies Away From a Challenge

Samra Morris, the winemaker at Alma Rosa Winery, hails from Bosnia.

I love to talk about wine with people who share my passion for it. We open bottles, we trade stories about travel and soil types, terroir and residual sugar, and we talk of taste and food and restaurants. We recommend wines to one another, we drink, and we learn a lot.

In Wine Talk, I introduce you to friends, acquaintances, and people I meet as I make my way around the world, individuals who love wine as much as I do, who live to taste, who farm and make wine. You’ll appreciate their insight, and I hope you’ll learn something from them as well.

The world of wine never fails to provide me with pleasure. Opening a bottle, walking through a vineyard, tasting a barrel sample, meeting a fellow traveler in l’univers du vin. . . the discovery and exploration are never-ending.

The journey continued last month on a beautiful expanse of land in Santa Barbara County, a property that played a major role in the formation of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. (If you don’t know the name Richard Sanford, go ahead and learn about him, because he is truly the “Godfather of Central Coast Pinot Noir.”)

Samra Morris: “I think that would be my guidance: Drink what you love.” (Courtesy Alma Rosa Winery)

We had driven up from Los Angeles, and Buellton was my destination, specifically the Alma Rosa Winery tasting room. I was there to meet Samra Morris, Alma Rosa’s winemaker since 2019, for a tasting and a tour of the estate.

Note: For those who may not know this, the small complex in which the tasting room is housed is a must-visit when/if you do visit the town. One of my favorite restaurants in California — Industrial Eats — is also located there, and its food alone is worth the trip, especially the beef tongue pastrami reuben and the white shrimp wrapped in pancetta.

This pastrami sandwich, from Industrial Eats, will have you sighing with pleasure. White shrimp wrapped in pancetta, and that sauce …

We sampled a bit of Alma Rosa sparkling at the tasting room it was a warm afternoon, and the wine was good. What followed was a 10-minute drive to the estate along a quiet, nearly traffic-free road, and then, beauty.

Alma Rosa is owned by a Houstonian and its 628 acres (38 acres planted to vines) spread from the valley floor to the top of the Santa Rosa Hills. The estate vineyard, El Jabali, originally planted by Richard Sanford in 1983, has been joined by four non-contiguous plots of pinot noir (55 percent), chardonnay (30 percent), and syrah and grenache (15 percent), all farmed using sustainable practices.

Sanford and his wife, Thekla, sold the estate to Bob and Barb Zorich in 2014. Zorich is a businessman in the oil industry who now lives in Houston, but he and his wife both attended school at the University of California Santa Barbara and have a home in the coastal city. They were introduced to the Sanfords in 2013, and, upon discovering that the property was for sale, took a leap into the world of winery ownership.

When we arrived at Alma Rosa, Morris took us on a quick ATV ride to a vineyard planted with syrah — no bud break yet. Along the way we spied a few turkeys. Bobcats, deer and mountain lions are also denizens of the property, the latter rarely seen.

Vines and hills …

Back at the ranch house on the valley floor we tasted with Morris and Debra Eagle, Alma Rosa’s general manager. Both women are engaging, passionate about wine and the estate — and great ambassadors for the brand.

Morris was born and raised in Bosnia and attend the University of Sarajevo, where she studied agriculture and food sciences, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She met an American in the U.S. Air Force who was stationed overseas, and they moved to California when his duty took him back to the states.

She interned at St. Supéry in 2014, and worked three harvests with Thomas Rivers Brown as a cellar intern at Mending Wall. In 2017, Morris began working as a lab assistant at Free Flow Wines, and by 2019 was a quality control manager there. She became Alma Rosa’s winemaker later that year.

Here is more from Morris in her own words.

James Brock: How has COVID-19 changed your work and life?

Samra Morris: I think Covid-19 has affected me more personally than professionally. As a winemaker, I have been fortunate to be able to go to work every day and enjoy my cellar duties. It was a good escape from reality and what is happening in the world. It gave me a sense of peace that I needed.

Personally, it affected me in that I didn’t have the opportunity to go home to see my family in Bosnia and enjoy my time with them. I had already been missing them a lot, so I was very disappointed when my flight was canceled. I’ve been very homesick recently, so I hope that by the end of this year we all get vaccinated and I have an opportunity to see my family next summer.

JB: Tell us about three wines you think are drinking well at the moment. What makes them worthwhile? How about a food pairing for each one?

SM: I will start with Alma Rosa’s 2018 El Jabali Pinot Noir ($68). It is a gorgeous pinot noir that represents our beautiful Sta. Rita Hills in the glass. You can purchase this wine through our website or at our tasting room in Buellton. I would pair this wine with red meats.

The second wine is Alma Rosa’s 2020 Grenache Rosé ($30) from our Sta. Rita Hills estate vineyard. This rosé is beautiful, and salty strawberry notes and bright acidity make this gorgeous wine perfect to drink in the summertime. Growing up in Bosnia, we often took summer vacations on the Croatian coast. The salinity and acidity in this wine reminds me of the Old World Adriatic wines I loved from home. I would pair this wine with a light shrimp salad.

The third bottle would be the 2017 Foxy Bubbles ($55) by Blair Fox Cellars, located in Los Olivos. This is a delicious sparkling wine, and I don’t need an excuse — an occasion or food — to enjoy a bottle of it.

JB: If cost was no consideration, tell us the one bottle you would add to your personal collection, and why.

SM: If cost were not an issue, I would choose a bottle — or a few cases — of the 2014 Maybach “Materium” Cabernet Sauvignon.

I call it a perfect glass of wine. Also, this was the first bottle I had the opportunity to share with my family when I went home for the first time after moving to California, and while sharing this bottle with them we also shared laughs and good conversation that we needed to catch up after so many years apart.

JB: What is your favorite grape, and why?

SM: As a winemaker and as a wine drinker, my favorite grape to work with is definitely pinot noir. Due to its thin skin, tight clusters and late ripening, pinot noir can be a fragile variety that always challenges me as a winemaker. As a wine drinker I just love the aromas and perfume notes.

JB: How about one bottle that our readers should buy now to cellar for 10 years, to celebrate a birth, anniversary, or other red-letter day?

SM: The one bottle I’d buy to cellar for the next 10 years is Saxum’s 2018 Paderewski Vineyard. This wine is spectacular, and it’s worth opening for your next major celebration.

JB: Where is your go-to place when you want to have a glass or bottle (outside of your home and workplace)?

SM: It would be somewhere I get to look at the ocean. We have so many beautiful places in Santa Barbara County where I can experience that. The ocean is so powerful, and looking at it while sipping wine is so relaxing for me.

JB: If there was one thing you wish everyone would keep in mind when buying and drinking wine, what is it?

There are so many times when people ask me what my favorite wine is that they should buy, and I always reply by asking them about their favorite wine and what they like to taste when drinking wine.

I think that would be my guidance: Drink what you love to taste.

JB: What is your “wine eureka moment,” the incident/taste/encounter that put you and wine on an intimate plane forever?

SM: I think when I made wines for the first time as a winemaker. It created a different relationship between me and wines, it became much more personal. I became more passionate and think of my wines in cellar as my babies.

Having the wine that I made in a bottle and sharing it with friends, family, and our customers makes me so happy. I know that all of my hard work has paid off when I see smiles on their faces.

JB: What has been the strangest moment or incident involving wine that you have experienced in your career?

SM: The strangest moment involving wine that I have experienced in my career is my relationship with forklifts. When I first became a winemaker, I thought I would never be able to drive a forklift like a professional. One of the skills of being a winemaker, besides producing wines, is needing to be extremely handy in the cellar. At first it was a very daunting task, but every time I was on the forklift I became more familiar.

Now, I am so proud of my forklift skills and my forever connection to them. At Alma Rosa we use forklifts throughout the year, moving barrels and pallets of wine around the cellar and dumping bins of grapes into the press during harvest. When visiting the winery, you can often find me on the forklift.

JB: Your favorite wine reference in a work of literature?

SM: In Vino Veritas. It’s a phrase I learned while studying about wine at college.

For more wine, travel and other stories from James Brock, check out his Mise en Place website.