Monday, February 25, 2013

2/25-Michael Horn & Nicole Nielsen talk to Drew Hendricks & Dave Muret

Drew Hendricks - Rudd Wines

“Walk with dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you and leave this world better than when you found it.” - Wilfred Peterson
This quote from Wilfred Peterson is one of Leslie’s favorites. It summarizes many of the personal beliefs that have guided his decision-making. Taught the importance of both hard work and customer focus by his parents, Leslie built on this strong foundation, adding excellence, courage, innovation, passion and creativity, and philanthropy to his personal list of success factors. Under the umbrella of these values is his conviction that each generation should leave the company, and more importantly, the world, better off than how they found it. Not one to merely talk the talk, the Rudd Foundation has played a major role in local and national charitable endeavors.

Perched high above the Salinas Valley, the Santa Lucia Highlands promises to become a crown jewel of California viticulture. The AVA has developed a reputation for producing wines with intense fruit character, combined with a graceful, often mineral-laden acidic backbone. Chardonnay is the region’s sparkling gem, representing over half of its production, although Pinot Noir is quickly establishing its own value. The AVA is blessed with quality-minded wineries and vineyards, combined with strong ties to some of the Golden State’s most prolific producers and distributors. Enjoying one of California’s longest growing seasons, vineyard coverage has grown to over 2,300 acres. This north-south oriented alluvial terrace benefits from well-drained granitic soils and shelter from the Pacific Ocean by the Santa Lucia Mountains. Yet the region benefits from cool morning fog and afternoon breezes, drawn into the Salinas Valley from Monterey Bay. The AVA officially starts a mere 40 feet above the valley floor, but vineyards can be found at elevations as high as 1,200 feet, where fog burns off much earlier than below. These higher altitude vineyards have the advantage of more direct sunshine. Coupled with the natural southeastern exposure of these vineyards, the Santa Lucia Highlands have a terroir unique for Monterey.

Resident Wineries
Resident wineries are those with production facilities and/or estate vineyards within the boundaries of the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Boekenoogen Vineyard and Winery
Hahn Estates
La Cave de Mon Lis
Lucia Vineyards
Lucienne Vineyards
Manzoni Estate Vineyard
Margaret's Vineyard Winery
Mer Soleil Winery
Mission Trail Vineyards
Morgan Winery
Paraiso Vineyards
Pey-Lucia Vineyards
Pisoni Vineyard
ROAR Wines
Robert Talbott Vineyards
Smith & Hook
Tondre Wines
Tudor Winery


This list is based upon the varietal content of the wines labeled with the Santa Lucia Highlands designation, as reported by the wineries.
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Petit Verdot
Pinot Blanc
Pinot Gris / Grigio
Pinot Noir
Syrah / Shiraz

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