Winemaker, Jamieson Ranch, Wine Whisperer
Very few people can attribute their careers to their grandparent’s garage, but for Linda, this little space was a place of magic and comfort. This was where the wine was made. This is where her family’s Italian culture reigned, as strong and thick as the smell of fermenting grapes. Ultimately, it inspired her to pursue a winemaking degree at UC Davis, then to study abroad in Italy at Universita degli Studi di Padova. During her time in Italy, she worked her first harvest in the Veneto. When she returned, she accepted a job with Gundlach Bundschu, where she worked for the next two decades crafting highly acclaimed wines, including two sabbaticals to make wine in South Africa and Chile. She then took a winemaking position at Swiftwater Cellars in Washington for five years. Recently, she moved back to California and joined Jaimeson Ranch as Winemaker in 2017. Linda’s signature style is one of balance and elegance. She lives by the words of William A. Foster, who said, "Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." In 2018, Linda was named the North Bay Business Journal’s Napa Valley Winemaker of the year.
Napa Valley, California - United States
Napa Valley is a little giant - little in size, yet giant in reputation. Although it produces only four-percent of California’s wine, it has built a worldwide reputation for impressive quality and distinctive character. Stretching only 30 miles long and 5 miles wide, the Napa Valley has an amazing diversity of soils and microclimates that has been shaped by dramatic geological events. The nearby San Andreas Fault created the valley, pushing up the Mayacamas Mountain range on the west and the Vaca Range to the east, two elements which help create the Napa's favorable climate. At the northern tip of the valley is Mount St. Helena, a dormant volcano that had a massive influence on the soil content of the region. Combined with the alluvial deposits from the Napa River, the valley has over three dozen soil types. This means two wineries next to each other can produce wildly different wines (and most likely, they will both be impressive).