38 ;e Costco Connection DECEMBER 2013
By Annette Alvarez-Peters
Their hands in the soil,
their names on the label
WINEMAKING IS ONE of the world’s oldest and largest businesses, reaching back to
mankind’s earliest agricultural pursuits
and today practiced in more than 50
countries around the globe. In North
America alone, there are more than
8,000 wineries, with wine produced in
all 50 states. And the industry keeps
growing to meet global demand.
Yet, despite its massive size,
the industry is intensely personal.
Winemaking requires an intimate
relationship between the winemaker
and the land, the grapes and the production process. Perhaps nowhere is
this closeness more evident than in
With their bottles bearing their
names in many cases, these families
pour their hearts and souls into making the best wine possible. Whether
it’s in their genes or a passion discovered later in life, they have
embraced the wine world and what
Mother Nature provides every year.
In this issue, I’d like to introduce
you to five family-owned wineries.
These outstanding families are all
key players in their respective
regions. Generation after generation,
they are focused on the quality of
their vineyards and vinification techniques. They all produce a plethora
of wines in a variety of styles to fit
any holiday budget.
Bring a little festive cheer to your
home by uncorking a few bottles
from these wonderful families. A toast
to you and yours. Santé! Salute!