Muccigrosso Vineyards is a family-run
endeavor committed to producing small quantities of hand made fine wines designed to satisfy everybody.
Since the early 80's when we first planted vines on our Santa Cruz Mountain property, we have studied
the winemaking process from vine to glass. Over the years we have learned a great deal about getting
results with as little intervention possible. Thanks to a broadening fan base, recent seasonal fortune
and a foolhardy sense of adventure, we have become a bonded winery. Here's a thumbnail sketch of the
"Board of Directors."
President. Not surprisingly, "Mick" refused to be
profiled for this newsletter thereby leaving to our scribe the unsupervised task of capturing his
essence: Mick is one of those surly and tireless curmudgeons who personifies the credo "If you
want something done right, do it yourself." "Gimme that damn thing!" Whether it be a
bucket of fresh picked pinot, or a bottle that isn't getting opened fast enough, Mick is quick on
the draw. Whether he's chasing birds, hunting wild boar, battling inclement weather, pests and infectious
diseases, or planting, fertilizing, mowing, pruning, cleaning, his tirelessness in the vineyard and
environs' is legendary. On a good day he can be seen tooling around the Santa Cruz Mountain back roads
on his Lamborghini (tractor). Spare time? What spare time?
President. Lynne didn't want to be profiled either. But that was
out of modesty rather than contempt. Lynne purports not to believe that we actually named our first wine
"Lyn Zin" after her. "But it's spelled differently" she contends. Right…
Muccigrosso Vineyards is a matriarchy, no question. And Lynne is at the top. She is the voice of reason,
the gentle and optimistic gauge of progress, our subtly witted vineyard weathervane (try saying that three
times fast!). Lynne keeps a close eye on us from her pottery studio where she spends many a fine day throwing
The Santa Cruz Mountains are a long way from Virginia. Just
goes to show that winemaking is about sensibility rather than
birth. Hailing from Virginia, via Atlanta, Jake (aka "T2",
but that's another story) has been in the "business"
since the early nineties. After dabbling in importing, a gig
as a sommelier and a stint in Chile where he surfed some swells
in his spare time, Jake found his calling in enology. Jake
cut his teeth across Bear Creek Road at the hallowed David
Bruce Winery, where he rose in the ranks from Cellar Rat to
Cellar Master. As an apprentice, he studied the art and mystery
of Pinot Noir under the experts. While there is no substitute
for experience, fine wine cannot be made without talent. Jake
has both. Taste for yourself.
It is with great sadness that we report the
death of our son, our brother, our great friend, our winemaking
inspiration, Jacob Kauffman.
A tireless dreamer of enormous talent, Jake
led us year after year to ever greater heights. This was no
roller coaster ride, but a steady ascension, an elegant dance
with the forces of nature, bureaucracy, industry and family.
This learning process orchestrated by Jake was a study in
consistency revered by all.
The wines were outstanding from the get-go,
but paled in comparison to his loyalty, devotion, strength
and sense of humor. We were blessed with his presence and
honored to share his dream.
We will carry forward Jake's magic touch, tasting
wine and life with his discretion while celebrating his frank
and simple good-heartedness.
CEO. "Ag" happened onto the vineyard innocently enough
and has spent the last eleven years trying to put a pretty face on the organization. Entrusted with matters
technological, bureaucratic and logistical, Ag focuses on mending loose ends. A bona fide lover of wine, food
and music making, he does his best to fill in wherever needed and adds sophistication and class to the whole
Countless Others have contributed labor, vision, humor, support and encouragement.
Their collected efforts have helped shape our ideology. We thank all.