Jessica Tomei's Story
I really enjoy every aspect of the wine industry. From grape to glass. I love the seasonal changes. I love being involved in the vineyard, working with the growers, the fermentation process, experiencing the changes that happen in the barrel, getting the wine into bottle and marketing. Making wine is very cyclical and every season brings about the same work yet it is never the same. Each Harvest depends on the growing season and each wine brings about it's different challenges. Wine, once bottled, encapsulates the climate, environment, even the politics of a vintage. Once opened we are able to reflect on that year, what we experienced as the winemaker and consumer.
The best part about making my own wine is the direct connection I have with the growers and the market. Making wine for larger companies tends to bring about recipe winemaking as bigger brands demand a consistent product that tastes the same from year to year, like a soda. Making my own wine I am able to guarantee that the wine will always be of sound quality but am able to show, through the wine, the gentle nuances and variations that happen from vintage to vintage.
In my years as an independent winemaker, I always had to keep production small because of limited cash flow. Making wine for Naked Angels allows me so many new possibilities, and I never have to miss an opportunity to work with great vineyards and make the best wine possible. I get to spend more time in the vineyard and cellar which makes me extremely happy.
I would like the Angels to know how excited I am to be making wine at this level of quality. I get to work with growers confidently, commit to buying more of their fruit from their best parcels, and show the Naked Angels what great terroir you can find in California.
Made great wine around the world before starting a project in her home state of California.