|Hall Wines, St. Helena|
|Historic stone building recently renovated by owners Kathryn and Craig Hall.|
Director of Winemaking Steve Leveque, who got his start at the venerable Robert Mondavi Winery, said he's endlessly fascinated with perfecting wine using the latest technology. But at harvest time, there's no substitute for the human palate--the winemaker with the discerning taste buds who knows which grapes have arrived at the peak of perfection for creating that year's vintage. And, once the fermenting, bottling and aging is complete, Leveque says the highest compliment is hearing someone say, "This is delicious."
|Winemaker Steve Leveque explains how ginormous stainless steel containers |
regulate the temperature of wines during the fermenting process.