Winemaker, White Rock Vineyards
Christopher grew up in the vineyards at White Rock. Following 3 years of apprenticeships in France, he worked under John Kongsgaard and David Ramey for 2 years in Napa. He then worked under Douglas Danielak for another year at White Rock before taking over winemaking in 1999. The goal at White Rock is to produce terroir driven wines that express it's uniquely mineral white volcanic vineyard, in partnership with his brother Michael who runs the vineyards.
Country born: United States
Education: BA Physics, UCSanta Cruz, UV Oenologie Universite a Bordeaux, 3 years work in France, 1 harvest work in Rioja, Mentors(Henri Vandendriessche, John Kongsgaard, Dave Ramey, David Danielak)
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Noble winemaking involves stewarding the terroir to it's natural and balanced expression in the wine. When in doubt always choose balance over power. French Oak should be a spice, not a dominant flavor. Make minimal inputs, find natural balance in the vineyard through careful farming.