Q & A
What is your favorite varietal?
Wow, thats a tough question. Thats like asking what is your favorite book or your favorite dog or do you like full orchestra vs. the quartet. Every varietal brings something to the table, and I like them all. But, if I had to choose, it would be old world burgundy the iron fist in the velvet glove.
How do you feel about blends?
I love blends; they offer a unique opportunity to produce new and interesting flavor profiles and add new life to wine in general. TWODOG makes several blends including the Wine Enthusiast Editors Choice rated El Jefe, a wonderful Rhone blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Sirah. Some traditionalists look down on blends; but, I say to them, wake up and smell, taste, and enjoy the wine.
What is the best part of being a winemaker?
Certainly, one great joy is meeting winemakers and wine drinkers worldwide. Just as fulfilling is the whole process of creating a wine from beginning to end, and when finally in the glass you can say, ah . . . , this is good!.
Who were you early influences in wine?
Well, as a child, I can remember sitting with my grandfather at his kitchen table on his farm and tasting wine from a juice glass. Growing up, my father owned and operated a restaurant. So, the joy of food was a big part of our family along with the concept of food+wine. I guess wine has been a part of my life forever.
What made you want to become a winemaker?
Later in my wine life, I was introduced to the great French Bordeaux wines and French Burgundies. The art and beauty of these wines boggled my mind. It set me on a new course. Ultimately, I needed to make wine.
Can you describe your style when it comes to wine?
For me, there are two essential elements of wine: fruit and structure. The art is to achieve the perfect balance of the two, when the mouth springs to life and senses awakened. My goal is to find this balance and create a wine that is sophisticated and sexy.
How has your love for cooking shaped your winemaking style?
I learned cooking basics and organization in my fathers restaurant at an early age as soon as I was able to reach the grill and flip the meat. My mother taught me to be creative and take bold chances when cooking. Later, after just a few wine pairing dinners from great chefs, I became consumed by the concept of wine/food synergy. For me, cooking and winemaking are joined together. Each inspires the other, each offers challenges and opportunities to the other, and ultimately growth and insight result.
Ultimately, the TWODOG family of wines are crafted to compliment food, not overpower the food, but make the whole more than the sum of its parts.
Our motto is; TWODOG Wine, faithful to food.
The TWODOG family of wines while informed by tradition, is forward thinking and not constrained by the past.
If you would like to see my wine at a specific wine store near you, please message me. Be sure to include either the exact location or city and the state. All international requests welcome.