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Meet Winemaker Michael Martini

by Steven Doyle

Several weeks ago we had a chance to sit with Michael Martini of Louis M. Martini Winery.  Martini chatted about the history and processes of his craft, giving us an excellent insight into what a day might look like for this third generation winemaker.

We asked Martini several questions, and in return we sat back and enjoyed nearly an hour of fantastic wine conversation.  Here are a few questions we asked Martini:    Continue reading

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Fall Creek Vineyards Hires Chilean Winemaker

grape-vines-at-fall-creek-vineyardsby Andrew Chalk

Word from Fall Creek Vineyards in the Texas Hill Country is that they have hired Sergio Cuadra Schlie as their new winemaker. Schlie is a Chilean who brings a vast range of experience with working for or consulting to such names as global superstar winemaker Paul Hobbs, Chile’s largest winery Concha y Toro and California vintner Fetzer Vineyards. He trained at the Unversidad de Talca in Chile as an Agronomy Engineer.

This is a very significant hire for Fall Creek. Not just because of Schlie’s qualifications and  experience, but because of what it signifies about the winery’s intentions. Here is a Texas winery entering the global winemaking employment market for talent. The rationale has to be a push to the top of the pack among Texas wineries. I suspect this kind of reaching with become more common in the near future and interpret it as yet another indication of the increasingly maturity of the Texas wine industry.


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A Chat With Messina Hof Winemaker

Wineby Andrew Chalk

This week Andrew Chalk takes in an interview with the winemaker at Messina Hof, a Texas vineyard established in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, which is rooted in the union of two family heritages. Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo’s family dates back seven generations to Messina, Sicily. Merrill’s family is from Hof, Germany. Jump for the video. Continue reading


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