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After touching down in Bilbao, we made our way into the land of wine legends – Rioja. We came over the crest of a hill and there it was. Sprawling rolling vineyards interspersed with small ones. We wound our way into the town of Logroño, where at 8:30pm, the temperature hovered in the 80s. I […]
“We make wine we like, because we might have to drink it” explained Judi, who serves as vineyard manager and assistant winemaker. It’s advice they took to heart from Wes Hagen from Clos Pepe Winery. He told them early on to only grow and produce what they really like. Wine is really hard to sell if you’re not passionate about it, he explained.
Winemaker Joe Hurliman has an exceptional challenge on his hands. He is not Jewish and rules of kosher winemaking is that only a Sabbath observant cellar crew may touch the grapes.
It’s a treat to sit down with her, enjoy her wonderful wines with some bread and cheese and just visit. Sandi doesn’t just grow grapes. She has fruit and vegetables galore and more often than not she’ll send me off with some freshly picked produce.
After their humble beginnings with one acre in Bryan that grew to thirty, they own 150 acres in West Texas and altogether there are more than 900 acres that are part of Messina Hof. In the late 80s and early 90s they started winning some major awards.
Robb called it “elegant.” Brian said, “This one has it. Whatever it is… This is a wine to live for… and to buy.”
Sascha La Russo is the tasting room manager and a classically trained opera singer. You never know when she might break into song. Visitors can taste all six of Estate d’Iacobelli’s offerings for $10.