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by Fred McMillin
Heitz Always Delights
Newspaper correction section, published by the New Yorker magazine...
Correction to Julia Child column
New Yorker comment: "Maybe so, but it sure was delicious."
The Rest of the Story
So if you want to make some delicious Duxelles (a classic French flavoring sauce), we have just the Port for you. Here's the story.
"Cabernet master Joseph Heitz has always understood the importance of controlling their grape sources... His latest acquisition of potential vineyard land is on Ink Grade Road in the Napa Valley." (press releases of about 1992)
The Birth of a Port
David Heitz succeeded dad as winemaker some years ago. Being a Port lover, he brought eight varieties of Portuguese vines to their new Ink Grade Vineyard. Now, the 1995 and 1996 vintages have been combined into our Wine of the Day.
Heitz Cellars Ink Grade Port, Napa Valley
While I've mentioned Illinois-born Joe Heitz, Alice should not be left out, since she was the cofounder. From North Dakota, Alice met Joe in the 1940s, they moved to the Napa Valley in the 1950s, and they started their winery in 1961. In those days, the price was right. For half a dozen acres of vines and a winery "about the size of a two-car garage, we borrowed $5,000" and were in business. (see photo of Joe and Alice).
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