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About this Conversation with a Winemaker

Theresa Heredia, the first LGBT 🏳️‍🌈 Latina winemaker for Gary Farrell Winery joined John Sporing, the founder of A Life Well Drunk for a virtual tasting on June 23, 2020.

Did you miss the live tasting? Don’t worry, you can watch the video here:

We will be talking with winemakers as they tell us the stories of their journeys, their wineries, and being part of the LGBT Community. In the June 23, 2020 tasting we sipped and discussed three wines:

  • 2017 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
  • 2017 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir
  • 2016 Grist Vineyard Zinfandel

Meet the Maker

Theresa Heredia is the first LGBT Latina winemaker for Gary Farrell Winery.

Theresa brings extensive experience with cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as small lot, single-vineyard wines, to her position as winemaker for Gary Farrell Winery. She specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the top vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast and is guiding the evolution of the Gary Farrell Winery house style while maintaining the signature elegance, balance and bright natural acidity.

“My approach to winemaking is very much about taking advantage of specific vineyard and fruit qualities,” says Theresa. “I like to tailor the winemaking techniques specifically to each block of fruit that we receive separately. My job is to treat it as gently as possible so that we end up with a balanced wine.”