The winemakers in the “Wines of Danger” realize that hazards they are facing but are willing to face the danger to achieve their passion. In many cases the winemakers already are winemakers for other larger wineries, or they have a “real” job where they make money so they can then spend their weekends and evenings crafting their wines, or they have an understanding working spouse to help put food on the table while they pursue their passion. But in several cases they are succeeding and the winery is their sole source of income as the try to grow their business while meeting their financial requirements.
Each of the wineries at Wines of Danger showed the quality that can be produced by small winemakers with a passion for their craft.
Mikami Vineyards – The Mikami family emigrated from Japan to California in 1896, and have been growing premium wine grapes in Lodi ever since. This grape growing tradition was only interrupted once by the family internment during WWII. Now as they go into the second century as grape growers, current owner Jason Mikami, a high tech veteran, is putting in the hard work, passion and perseverance necessary for success. He has been recognized by Wine Enthusiast as a “trail blazer” in artisan winemaking. His wines have earned multiple 90+ point scores from Wine Enthusiast as well as awards from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2013 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel exhibits aromas and flavors of ripe red fruit with a complexity of spices and a toasty note. I won Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The price is $39 per bottle.
|Cuvee Wine Cellars|
|Stephanie Trotter Zacharia|
of Trotter 1/16 Winery
Other members of Wines of Danger include Blair Estate, Calstar Cellars, De Tierra, Halcon, Idle Hour Winery, Odonata, Onesta Wines, Peoples’ Wine Revolution, Poundstone Wines, Scratch, Tedeschi Family Wines, Three Clicks Wines, Vinemark and Waxwing.
|Idle Hour Winery|
|Three Clicks Wines|
|Peoples Wine Revolution (PWR)|
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