When you go to a tasting at a winery it is rare to see the winemaker, the creative talent behind the scenes whose judgments—based on a blend of science, art and intuition—help bring to life the red and pink and white liquids you have come to sample. But what stirs these men and women to make wine? What inspires them to do what they hope will inspire you?
It probably will not come as a great surprise to learn that what inspires winemakers is wine. Here, then, are five leading Napa Valley winemakers and the “epiphany” moments that started them on their calling: