Category Archives: Winemaker Stories

Peterson Winery

Fred Peterson may have been a doctor if his grades were any better. Advice from a dean at UC Santa Clara did not predict medical school in his future and, fortunately, for the Dry Creek Valley, a break from school and a summer job at a friend’s family winery, changed Fred’s path to UC Davis,…
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Learning Winegrowing in Ecuador, Dick Handal Now Hones his Reds in DCV

When Dick Handal pours his Venturi Family Blend of Syrah and Petite Sirah and explains, with a slight Brooklyn accent, that he started making wine during his thirty eight years in South America but bought his first vineyard in Northern California in the Asti area of Alexander Valley and then commuted between Sonoma County and…
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Mike Pendleton

Michall Pendleton, or Mike once you know him, is a winemaker like no other.  He is old world in the true sense that he does everything himself….yes, everything. He meticulously oversees his vineyards planted to Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah, that are perched about 200 feet above the valley floor in the…
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Bill and Susan Arbios – Arbios/Praxis Wines

Susan Arbios, a former archaeologist transplanted to Healdsburg, had no intention of ever being in the wine business nor did she ever dream about scuba diving and could have cared less about marriage. Then she met Bill Arbios and now is a married, scuba-diving vintner. Life changes when you least expect it and Susan’s was…
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