In 2010, my family and I spent Christmas in Sonoma County, and it was pretty perfect. There’s nothing better than escaping frigid temperatures for a little vino in one of the most magical places in the country. We drank quite a bit of wine – and made some friends. On a dreary, rainy Sunday after Christmas, we ventured out for one last tasting. We had no appointment but decided to give Peterson Winery a shot since my dad had been a huge fan of their wine. After talking with the young man in the tasting room for a good hour, we discovered that he was in fact the winemaker, a fact that both surprised and intrigued me. How could such a young guy have the talent, know-how and developed palate to make the 6000 cases a year that he produces— essentially by himself? He was so dedicated to his craft, so knowledgeable about wine, and so insistent on sustainability that there was no way I could leave this winery without locking down an HIB episode.
And thus, Hungry in Wine Country was born, and eight months later we had the pleasure of joining Jamie Peterson at the vineyard and winery for a day in the life of a winemaker.