Category Archives: Winemaker Stories

William Gordon Winery

Bill Pesonen learned about wine early…like really early before he was old enough to drink it and long before he even thought about making wine. Bill’s parents were early appreciators of wine and discovered Napa Valley when legendary characters like Louis Martini were still running their simple tasting rooms. A master marketer as well Mr.…
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Peterson Winery

  Fred Peterson may have been a doctor if he had been a bit more focused on academics. Advice from his advisor at UC Santa Cruz to take some time away from school and figure out what he wanted to study, led to an offer of a job in a classmates family vineyard in Mendocino…
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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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