ON A TUSCAN BUS WITH AMY WARNOCK
Recorded just prior to the harvest season in August, 2014, this interview with Amy Warnock takes us through her journey to becoming a viticulturist (viticulturalist, for some), up to her current work with Orin Swift Cellars based out of Napa. Amy is a technical specialist when it comes to growing grapes destined for high-end wines. In our conversation Amy does a wonderful job of painting a picture in broad strokes to elaborate how wine styles are created by vineyard site and how, as a viticulturist, it is her skill to understand what style of wine a certain vineyard plot has the potential to produce.
My favorite part of our conversation is when Amy tells the story of how Bruce Cakebread from Cakebread Cellars left a message on her voicemail with a simple piece of advice that would become the entree to her vineyard career.
Make sure and check out the labels from the Orin Swift collection. My favorite is the creepy baby doll that adorns the China Doll wine. Lots of cool photos for the Machete wine, which is bottled with one of twelve different photos that makes up this collection. All photos can be seen here on the Machete portfolio.
On the Orin Swift website under the Visit Us tab you can do a full visual tour of the tasting room in St Helena, including the floor with pages from an old Chinese book from Chinatown in San Francisco.
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