"We just had this faith that everything was going to be good over the years and it was." They developed a fantastic following. "In the early days Audrey could sit down in the tasting room and read an entire book and if five people would come, that would be a pretty good day."
There's one trait I have noticed that is shared by every good winemaker I have met - passion. Les exudes it. He is proud of his wines and describes them not only in glowing terms, but explained what goes into making each one in a way that could be easily understood by both novices and wine connoisseurs alike.
We were blessed to have winemaker par excellece Don Reha sailing with us. Don is the Executive Winemaker at both Thornton and Orfila Wineries and he presided over the first of several wine tastings scheduled for the week. We tasted Thornton’s non-vintage Brut Reserve Methode Champenoise Sparkling Wine, Sans Oak Chardonnay, Cabernet-Merlot and finally the incredible Estate Syrah, accompanied by a selection of fruit and cheeses.