Rielle Wines Winemaker and co owner, Gabriella Gazzano, her training was "hands on" she did all the jobs in the winery, from scrubbing the floors to punching down the fermenting tanks to preparing the final blends for bottling. She even repaired the presses.
Rielle Wines is named after ther youngest daughter. Both daughters have grown up in the wine industry. Cleaning tanks, running filters and pumps, stirring and topping barrels, doing lab work, sampling the vineyards, just like mom. It has definitely been a family affair.
Gabriella worked for Fritz Winery making Dry Creek Zinfandels, Russian River Chardonnays, and Sonoma County Sauvignon Blancs and Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignons.
After 4 years at Fritz she moved over to the Napa Valley and assisted in producing outstanding ultra premium cult status wines for both the Pahlmeyer and Jayson labels, including Napa Valley Merlot & Chardonnay. Four years later she was back in the Dry Creek Valley as Vice President, Director of Winemaking for Pezzi King Vineyards where she produced (at last count) 15 gold and 14 silver medal winning wines. These included Burgundian style Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, along with Dry Creek Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc.
Her dream has always been to start her own winery.
Gabriella's father emigrated from Italy to Northern California and brought a highly developed palate and knowledge of fine food and wine. Gabriella's childhood home revolved around the kitchen, her mother cooked all day preparing sauces, pastas, frittatas.... Her father imported parmesan cheese, olive oil, flour, Arborio rice, salami and prosciutto directly from Italy. Of course her family always enjoyed wine with their meals.
So come enjoy some fantastic local wines with a meal at the Sunflower this Thursday, see ya there!
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