How to Be a Winemaker with Jim Duane

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How to Be A Winemaker with Jim Duane

Jim Duane is the winemaker at Seavey Vineyards in Napa Valley and the host of the Inside Winemaking Podcast.

Having found fermentation at an early age, starting with brewing beer in a fuel can under the stairs, Jim Duane has not ceased in the pursuit of learning more and more. He’s worked in New Zealand, Washington, and finally settled down in Napa Valley in 2004 having worked at Robert Mondavi and Stags Leap Cellars. Today, he grows the wines on the steep slopes that the Seavey Vineyards are planted on overlooking the northern part of Lake Hennessey.

As a part of of his unrelenting thirst for knowing all he can about wine, he no longer brews beer in fuel cans (that we know of), Jim hosts the Inside Winemaking Podcast on which he digs into the nitty gritty details with wine industry professionals. They chat about the technical details and specifics of enology, viticulture, chemistry, biology, essentially how to be a winemaker. If you love to geek on the science and practicality of winemaking, give Jim’s long-form interviews a listen. It’s one of my favorite wine podcasts.

In this episode we mention…
Inside Winemaking Podcast
Seavey Vineyard
Stags Leap Cellars
Robert Mondavi Winery
David Ramey Interview on Cru
Brian McClintic Interview on Cru
Verve Wine Shop
Viticole Wine Club
Deep Winemaking Immersion Experience
David Ramey quote from a paper Jim found on Ramey’s website Proceedings of the Ninth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference from 1995. Dave's final sentence changed the path of Jim’s career. "Finally, I would encourage winemakers to focus on making wine 'right', and on making wine that is sensually appealing and pleasing, rather than focusing excessive energy on that may which go wrong."

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