A Chat With Monterey Winemaker Ian Brand

By Randy Smith

Read More


California’s wine country doesn’t begin and end in Napa.

We hope that if you are a regular reader of this blog that you already knew that. If not, this week’s guest will help drive the point home. He and his wife are doing yeoman-like work trumpeting the wine potential of Monterey County.

Randy: How did you get started in the wine business?

Ian: My entry was different than most folks. I came to California just traveling and checking things out. I wanted to get in the water. I got to Santa Cruz and ran out of money. I had been a carpenter. Jobs banging nails weren’t open for me here. I found a job in a winery (Bonny Doon) and then got a better job at Big Basin. After five years in the wine business, I was almost thirty years old. It was time for me to decide what I was going to do with my life. I couldn’t be an assistant winemaker all my life. I needed to get serious.


Discovering Small-Production Argentine Gems Through Vida Wines

In 2017, purchases of Argentine wines in the United States totaled $322.3 million, making Argentina the sixth largest exporter of wine in America. Yet despite…

Meet Vinny Aliperti- Winemaker at Atwater Estate Vineyards and Billsboro Winery

Billsboro Winery has always held a special place in my heart. The winery opened eleven years ago on the west side of Seneca Lake, the…

Meet Jessica Gasca of Story of Soil Wine

"Wine made in gratitude." That has to be one of the most honest, heartfelt sentiments we've ever seen on a wine label. Jessica Gasca meant every…
Meet Chris Stamp – Winemaker at Lakewood Vineyards
Alex Davis of Porter Creek Vineyards – A Vigneron Amongst Winemakers
Five things boutique wineries can do to improve social media results in 2019
Meet Jody Pagey, Winemaker at Mount Michael Wines
An Inside Look at Pence Vineyards and Winery
Meet Anthony Schroth, Winemaker at Premonition Cellars