Jim's been trawling around Californian cellars looking for the best deals for decades.
- Jim didn't just study wine at the University of California, he taught about it for 30 years.
- He's been around the block in California working mainstream jobs like La Crema as well as quirkier side projects like growing Portuguese grapes in Californian soil.
- Jim's been lurking around cellars around California for decades and consistently unearths the most surprising deals we've ever come across.
- He's just won our Winemaker Fantasy contest with his latest dream to make a WHITE Barbera
Jim Olsen's Story
"I don't like the notion of status, prestige, or exclusivity that permeates many wine publications and promotions. I don't think a bottle of wine is a trophy.
It's great to know where wine is made, from which grapes, and how its made. But it really comes down to this: does it taste good? does it give pleasure as you drink it, preferably with nice food and the lively conversation of companions?
My winemaking philosophy is guided by those principles. I like to harvest when the grapes are ripe, taste good (I eat a lot of grapes!), and the flavors and structure are in balance. With a good start, those properly harvested grapes are on their way, and I mostly stay out of the way as the wine ages in barrel or tank.
After that, the hard part is selling it.
This is where the wonderful assistance that the Angels comes in, allowing winemakers to do what they are good at. Nakedwines.com contacted me (I hadn't heard of them), we met soon after, and I felt at home in a group of professionals (kindred spirits, really) with whom I could honestly share my feelings, and who wished to assist me to realize my goals. I was floored!
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