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Under the direction of Jon McPherson, he dragged hoses, cleaned and shoveled out tanks, driving from San Bernardino to Temecula and back three to four times a week. He was hired on across the street at Callaway Winery where he managed the tasting room and worked in the lab.
More than 100 wines will be available for tasting and it’s an opportunity to meet and visit with winemakers as well as winery owners.
A campaign Callaway launched ruffled some feathers, however: “White Wine Is All We Make”. Joe says the German winemaker Callaway had at the time was trained in whites, primarily Riesling and the reds he produced weren’t so good. The inside joke at the time was “white wine is all they know how to make.”
We adjourned to the deck under the shade of avocado trees and ate sandwiches and enjoyed more of Fallbrook Winery’s tasty offerings.
He explains that he’s making wine for a broad range of customers, from the person who has never tasted wine to the true connoisseur. “I don’t buy enough wine to keep us in business”, he says, so he makes wines for the people on the other side of the counter. He listens to his customers, too, and enjoys interacting with them.
Whereas he used to believe you were a good winemaker if you could analyze a wine down to its chemical base, he now realizes the importance of time spent in the vineyards understanding how the fruit is grown and being able to manipulate the vineyards to optimize the quality of the fruit.
I’ve known Jim Hart for a few years now. I run into him on occasion at Hart Winery. His dad, Joe, is a one of the pioneers of Temecula Valley wine making. He started the winery 30 years ago and chances are darn good if you visit on a weekday you’ll find him in the [...]