Pittsburgh Wine Festival is excited to offer the opportunity to meet many of the faces behind the wine at this year’s event. Check out a preview of the winemakers who will be on-site the Pittsburgh Wine Festival!
Patricia Lozano, Hammeken Cellars
Patricia Lozano is a recent addition to Hammeken Cellars, working with David Tofterup to select the best vines and closely monitor the winemaking process. Her background on agronomy and oenology, and her unique view and knowledge of Castilla La Mancha’s appellations are a fantastic asset. Patricia has experience in French wines, as well as those from the New World such as New Zealand, Chile, and South Africa. Patricia will be on-site at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival pouring Hammeken’s Gran Castillo Rocio Brut Brut Rosé NV, Radio Boca Tempranillo de la Tierra Castilla NV 3L, Gran Pasas November Harvest Jumilla, and Tosalet Old Vines Carignan Priorat .
Jesse Bongiovi, Hampton Water Wine
Jesse Bongiovi is the co-founder of Hampton Water Wine Company, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Economics. A New Jersey native, Jesse has spent nearly every summer of his youth vacationing with his family in East Hampton, New York. His lifelong affection for the Hamptons is what motivated him to create Diving into Hampton Water. Join Jesse for a tasting as he talks about his French rosé blend and signs purchased bottles. The Hampton Water Wine table will be pouring Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé Languedoc.
Terry Culton, Lasorda Family Wines
Terry Culton is the head winemaker at Lasorda Family Wines. With over 20 years of winemaking experience in California’s central coast, he has a broad range of winemaking prowess and a proven record of producing highly sought-after wines with consistent 90+ ratings. Since 2000, Terry has held successive winemaker positions at Calera Wine Co., Adelaida Cellars, and Peachy Canyon. In 2012 he launched Culton Wine Co, a small-production label that features ultra-premium Rhône varietals and blends. Regarded as a “top-flight winemaker” by writer Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate, Terry will be at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival, where his table will feature the Lasorda Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon and Lasorda Family Wines Chardonnay.
David Graves, Saintsbury Winery
David Graves, co-founder of Saintsbury, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1975 with a degree in biology before embarking on a wine career. After studying enology and viticulture at the University of California, Davis, he worked at Chappellet Winery, Joseph Phelps, Domaine Chandon, and Mt. Eden before founding Saintsbury in 1981 with Richard Ward. In addition to managing Saintsbury, David has had top leadership roles with the Carneros Wine Alliance, the Land Trust of Napa County, and the Napa County Planning Commission. He will be on-site at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival pouring Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir Carneros, Saintsbury Chardonnay, Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros, and Saintsbury Sangiacomo Green Acres Chardonnay.
Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyard
Randall Grahm, Founder & President-for-Life of Bonny Doon Vineyard, is a much honored an iconic figure in the wine industry and known for being a fierce champion of Rhône varieties in California. His flagship wine, Le Cigare Volant, was originally created as an homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but has taken on an identity of its own. Continuing his legacy of tireless innovation, Randall is currently focused on creating a truly original vin de terroir at his Estate vineyard in San Juan Bautista. He will be at Pittsburgh Wine Festival, where his table will feature Bonny Doon Syrah X Block Bien Nacido Vineyard, Bonny Doon Vineyard Picpoul Blanc Arroyo Seco, and Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé Central Coast.
Check out these winemakers and more at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival on May 1, 2019.