Today we are introducing our Taste & Talk series; an ongoing feature here at Pulling The Cork in which we will be talking to wine makers, winery owners, vineyard managers and others associated with a particular wine or series of wines leading up to video tasting notes on those wines.
As we have been saying all along, and we know we sound like a broken record, tasting notes are rather incomplete without being placed into context. Learning about the history of a winery, the region, the terroir, the wine maker, the winery owners, the stories and all of the other information about a wine is really critical to a full understanding of that wine and the subsequent tasting note.
We launch Taste & Talk with several posts featuring excerpts from our conversation with Jeff Miller. Jeff is the Owner Partner and Head of Winemaking Operations for Artisan Family of Wines. We spent about an hour on the phone with Jeff and really learned alot about him, Artisan, his philosophy of winemaking, his wines and a ton of other interesting things. We will be presenting parts of this interview in a series of posts leading up to our video tasting notes on four of Artisan's wines.
Today's excerpt from our interview will focus on some basic background on Artisan, how Jeff became a wine maker, the origin of the Artisan name and how Artisan began. Future excerpts will include our conversation about Jeff's wine making philosophy, his vineyard sources, unique challenges of being a small production winery, the economy, his fantastic wine blog and so much more. Oh, and video tasting notes on 4 wines from Artisan. So let's get started with the premier of Taste & Talk.