This is the fifth and final chapter in Kristina Anderson’s series on young, innovative “winentrepreneurs” for Palate Press. There is something very sweet in the story of the family winery, where each generation is groomed from birth to take over the family business one day and preserve the family traditions.
There is something very sweet in the story of the family winery, where each generation is groomed from birth to take over the family business one day and preserve the family traditions. The story often goes like this: Grandpa still has a presence in the tasting room, but Dad now
Throughout high school and college, winemaker Tony Leonardini worked for his father Tom at Whitehall Lane, the family winery purchased when Tony was just 13 years old. He liked the work but always knew he wouldn’t end up in the family business. After all, Leonardini is as much entrepreneur as
Mike Anderson got “very little pressure” from his parents to step into the family business at Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards. Friends of his parents and clients of the winery were not so subtle. That outside pressure “happened with enough frequency that when I was applying to colleges, I felt a
Friends Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero had the idea to go into business together during Trinchero’s senior year of college. “Josh and I stayed in touch and simultaneously began getting into the wine business on our own. We both had that entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to start young and see
Palate Press has selected our top ten stories from 2012 and will publish a 2012 Redux article each weekday until January 4, 2013. These stories highlight our featured columnists, widely recognized contributors, and most popular works published through the year. The Palate Press editorial board hopes you enjoy these highlights as we look
On a recent trip to the Finger Lakes, my husband and I were amused to encounter a wine list that was not exclusive to local wines. We were less amused when it happened again. As a pattern slowly began to emerge, we could not help remembering vacations to Sonoma County
Even after more than forty years as a winegrower, Stuart (Stu) Smith still finds his happiness in the vineyards. “There is just something to playing with a product in the dirt, and then having it at dinner,” he gushes. Smith, founder and managing partner of Smith-Madrone in Napa Valley’s Spring