by Fred McMillin
Bouchaine's in the Fast Lane
In the fast lane...
The second vintage was served by President Reagan at the formal banquet he hosted in China in April 1984.
...Robert Balzer, California Wines
The Rest of the Story
Bouchaine roots are in the heralded Carneros district, and they extend back 100 years. Notice, they've nearly always been on the cutting edge.
1899—Italian-born John Garetto establishes one the very first wineries in the Carneros.
1933—With the arrival of Repeal, the Garetto Winery leads the Carneros recovery, releasing its first vintage in 1935.
1980—Dupont executive David Pollak organizes some easten investors including Austin Kiplinger (of newsletter fame) and Garret Copeland, Dupont heir (and current Bouchaine Chairman of the Board). The shell of the original Garetto is incorporated into their new winery, but the name is changed. David Pollak's ancestors were the Bouchaines.
1993—Critic James Halliday visits the winery and is impressed. "The on-going clonal selection program for Pinot Noir, coupled with the formidable technical qualifications of Winemaker John Montero, (pictured) means we can expect even greater wines in the future..[and here's one]".
Wine of the Day
1996 Bouchaine Pinot Noir
John Montero stepped into Jerry's shoes thirteen
years ago. Like Jerry, he wasn't initially
planning on a career in winemaking. His U.C.-Davis M.A.
was in microbiology. He started in medical work.
Fortunately, he soon saw the error of his ways and returned
to the Davis campus to study Enology. The
200 or so medals he's won since indicate it wasn't
a bad decision.
Bouchaine acquired its 31 Carneros acres years ago when the price was right. Today's price would be around TWO MILLION.
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