In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with David Brown of Brown Estates. We speak to David about:
David Brown developed an interest in farming and agriculture as a teenager, and he was introduced to viticulture at the age of 15 when his parents planted their inaugural 10-acre zinfandel vineyard in 1985. With the family focus always on organic and sustainable farming practices, he learned all about vineyard cultivation and management, and moved into the position of vineyard manager in 1994.
Initially, the family sold all of their fruit to neighboring Napa Valley wineries, including Green & Red, T-Vine, Monticello, and Grgich Hills, however, with encouragement and support from his family, David began experimenting with winemaking in the root cellar at their estate property in 1995. This successful experiment led to the establishment of the Brown Estate label in 1996, and David worked under the tutelage of Duane Dappen of D-Cubed Cellars to create the early vintages of Napa Valley Zinfandel, their flagship wine.
As the 10-acre vineyard grew into 50 acres of planted vines, the family constructed the Estate winery in 2002, and David assumed total responsibility for winemaking. He is at the helm of all aspects of Brown Estate winegrowing - from vineyard to harvest to barrel to bottle. David and his family proudly celebrated their 30th consecutive harvest of the Brown Estate vineyards in 2018.
The Last Sip:
When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? 90’s Hip Hop – Eric B & Rakim and Public Enemy, KRS-One
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