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.
California - United States
It is no surprise that California is the fourth largest wine region in the world. It is simply a grape paradise, and the wines it produces are big, complex and full of ripe flavors. With a sunny coastline that hugs chilly Pacific waters, California has the ideal climate for creating fruit-forward wines. During the summer, the days are long and warm and the grapes accumulate plump, juicy flavors. At night, cool breezes creep in from the nearby ocean and waterways, slowing down the accumulation of sugar and allowing bright, balancing acids to develop. The grapes ripen slowly, often lingering on the vine into late fall, which produces complex and well-balanced flavors.