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by Fred McMillin
Sept. 13 Is Grandparents' Day
Then, anti-Czarist zealots burned the estate to the ground. The son was swept up in fighting the communmists, machine-gunned during a snowstorm and left for dead. Our grieving Grandparents of the Day held a funeral for their missing son.
Let's fast forward to 1942 in the Napa Valley. Beaulieu has a sensational new winemaker. His mother has passed away, but his father is there in Rutherford enjoying his final years. He is the former Chief Justice. What happened?
Well, back in Russia, André Tchelistcheff had survived that machine-gunning, and was now the phenomenal new winemaker at Beaulieu. He went on to become possibly the most competent California enologist of the 20th century. He passed away at age 92 just six years ago. (I recall discussing the effects of a Napa drought with him; he said the grapes would be fine, and it turned out he was right...hardly shocking, since it was about his 50th California vintage.)
Dimitri Tchelistcheff worked after school and summers at his dad's St. Helena wine lab until it was time for college...naturally it was U.C.-Davis. He graduated in 1953, and in time became a coveted consultant, chiefly in the Napa Valley. He was so effective at the new Jarvis winery, he became the fulltime winemaker in 1994, and made our...
Wine of the Day
1994 Jarvis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley
If this Jarvis Cab was one of the two best Cabs tasted this year, what was the other one? of all things, it was a recent vintage of Beaulieu Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. That's the wine that made Dimitri's Dad famous when all three generations were together in the Napa Valley back in the 1940s.
This page created September 2000