George interned at Williams Selyem from 1999 to 2002, learning the winemaking process. He also worked at the smaller Brogan Cellars which was more closely modeled after the type of winery he hoped to have for himself. With grapes from David Hirsch of Sonoma Coast’s Hirsch Vineyard, he released 150 cases of his inaugural Pinot Noirs in 2003 (Block 3A from the Pommard clone and Block 4A from the Mt. Eden clone). The wines immediately caught the attention of top sommeliers at restaurants in Las Vegas and New York and his Pinot Noir has become quite a cult wine.
“What doesn’t kill your grape vines makes them stronger.” After whatever mother nature send their way from fires, floods, and earthquakes George believes it forces the roots to dig in deeper, makes the vines grow stronger and as a result produces amazing fruit! Perhaps this vintage being the best of the decade! Join us to see for yourself!