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.
Lodi, California - United States
If you were a rock star, you might feel a little stuck in Lodi - but if you’re a grape, you’re pretty happy. With a warm, Mediterranean climate, mineral-rich soils and a long viticulture history, Lodi is an ideal location for growing grapes. Situated between Sacramento and Stockton, it is a large appellation (almost 100,000 acres) framed by the Sacramento Delta along its western border and the Sierra Foothills to the east. Multiple waterways crisscross the region, bringing gentle river breezes to cool the warm days. Soils are deep loam and covered with large rocks that allow for good drainage. Zinfandel, in particular, has thrived here for over 100 years and Lodi has built a reputation for its old-vine Zin. In recent years, other heat-loving varietals have taken root (literally), including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.