Gros Ventre Cellars is our tiny Pinot Noir project. It was hatched on the banks of the Gros Ventre River in Jackson Hole, where I was working as a sommelier, and where Sarah and I met in 2003. Little did we know that one day we would call Sarah’s pregnant belly “Gros Ventre” (French for “big belly”), and soon thereafter name our wine brand for two of the things we love most – our baby boy, and the beautiful place where we met.
Gros Ventre has been 20 years in the making. The seed was planted in one of my viticulture classes at Cal Poly, and my interest grew during 2 years post-college at Wally's Wines in LA, where I became obsessed with burgundy. A few more years developing my palate as a server and sommelier in Boulder and Jackson Hole led me to winemaking. I learned the craft in the cellars of wineries like Biale, Torbreck, Williams-Selyem, and Marcassin. A combined six vintages at Marcassin and Williams-Selyem gave me insight into how to work with the delicate and temperamental Pinot Noir grape, and fed my dream to make my own Pinot. Today, I'm also the winemaker for Skinner Vineyards, where I work with Rhone varietals.
One wedding, four addresses, and two children later, we can't believe we just harvested Gros Ventre's fourth vintage. We'd like to think the journey is just beginning.
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