VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Sommelier Chris Miller was taught to make wine while working at Seattle's Canlis restaurant by friend and industry colleague Greg Harrington. He soon launched his own label, Meliora (Latin for "beter" or "pursuit of the best"), with a single wine, a 2007 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah from Walla Walla.
6 months after his first harvest, he was invited to become the Beverage Director at Spago in Los Angeles and moved south. This move inspired him to make a Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills. With Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton as his winemaking mentor, he sourced from from Rio Vista Vineyard for his first vintage of Meliora Pinot Noir. A Chardonnay has been subsequently added.
The wine is available at Spago and a few other select restaurants.
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