A Winemaker With a Wild Imagination

Julie Johnson is a different kind of vintner. Listen (and watch) how she describes her Petite Sirah at Tres Sabores, her small winery in Napa’s Rutherford appellation.

Johnson stops and laughs. “Too much?”

Not at all. Like a growing number of winemakers who are waking up to the potential of the next generation of oenophiles, Johnson knows that fresh approaches and innovative thinking are crucial. During a long, lazy tasting session, she ruminated about the future and how she is prepared to meet it.

“A lot of (wine descriptors) don’t mean anything,” she said. “They can be off-putting to people who like wine but don’t yet know much about it.”

One way to break through. . .

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Originally published at www.ilikethisgrape.com on February 17, 2016.