I made sangiovese
at Luna in 1999, while working in the cellar
under John. I was surrounded by wonderful colleagues
who were unstinting in education and encouragement.
John ran the cellar efficiently, but over all
as a College. We got work done, but were encouraged
to ask questions constantly, on any subject.
At lunch and dinner and late at night we tasted
wines, often blind. We talked about sulfur,
we talked about yeasts, we talked about music,
We talked about a hundred things I had never
I asked John if he would accept me for a second
internship in 2000, and he agreed. I worked
part-time in the cellar and full-time at an
internet startup in the city. My colleague MIchael
and I did as much work "remotely"
as we could-- from the cellar at Luna. John
introduced me to an old friend and colleague
of his, Lupe Maldonado. Under John's guidance,
I purchased 3 tons of chardonnay from Lupe.
and made my first wine--
with the intention to sell it. I benefited from
the help and advice of many friends and colleagues
during this time-- especially Kelly Wheat, the
assistant winemaker at Luna.
I made wine at Luna until 2003, when I was
invited to a beautiful family winery, Whiterock
Vineyards; a home that offered the perfect
alternation of solitude and collegiality.
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