This is the first installment in a series we’re calling Get to Know Your Winemaker. You may not know this, but winemakers are real people with pasts and families and everything. Like teachers, however, they do not go to the bathroom. Odd. Anyhow, we’re kicking off this informative peek into the cellar with Andy Reagan, winemaker for Jefferson Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Grape Envy Guy: Where did you grow up?
Andy: Norfolk, VA.
G: How long have you lived in Virginia?
A: 30 years.
G: What brought you to wine?
A: Sold to my sister Anne for $20 and a bottle of Chardonnay, made to work in the vineyards at the age of 15, fell for the vineyard life immediately.
G: Where else (besides your current winery) have you made wine?
A: Benmarl Vineyard, Marlboro NY; The Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg VA; Lakeridge Winery, Clermont FL; Chrysalis Vineyards, Middleburg VA; Old North State Winery, Mount Scary – I mean Mount Airy NC
G: What characteristics do you enjoy in wine?
A: Everything, really just depends on my mood, if I had to choose a couple though I more often drink higher acid whites with great aromatics, and reds with darker fruits, a good balance of oak and tannin, and I love old wine.
G: If you could have a private tour of any winery in the world, which would you choose?
A: Some place really old in Spain or Italy
G: What is your favorite food and wine pairing?
A: Albariño and paella, or a jammy, slight brett-infused Rhône with venison or rabbit.
G: What are your favorite wine varietals?
A: Albarino, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Syrah
G: A lot of wine folks are excited for the 2010 wines. Which of your wines are you the most excited about?
A: ALL OF THEM! (note: if every winemaker answers this way, there will be consequences. Andy gets the benefit of going first here -G)
G: Who is your favorite cartoon character?
A: hmmmmmmmm………………… Homer?
G: What is one thing we haven’t asked that you want Virginia wine lovers to know about you or your winery?
A: We make the best wine in the entire world……..at least my own little world that is, we also are proud to say all of our wines are 100% all Virginia fruit. Not a bit of concentrate, out of state fruit or out of state bulk wine.
In the spirit of Inside the Actors Studio, Andy was gracious enough to also share his favorite curse word, which was quite good of him. Thanks a lot for sharing, Andy!
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