Dry Extract Interview: Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock Winery, Napa Valley

Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock Winery, Napa Valley

© Jeremy Ball

Elizabeth Vianna

Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock Winery, Napa Valley

© Jeremy Ball

It was a glass of 1985 Sociando-Mallet that changed Brazilian-born Elizabeth Vanna’s career path. As biology graduate, she worked as a clinical toxicologist at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and promptly switched her studies from medicine to oenology at UC Davis on the West Coast. She started at Chimney Rock in Napa’s Stags Leap District as assistant winemaker in 2002 and has been running the winery since 2011.

 

 

The best advice I ever got

Taste with your peers.

 

My life motto

Seize the day.

 

I am currently reading

The Vixen by Francine Prose  

 

My most played music track

This changes constantly but right now it is Already There by Joan Armatrading.

 

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

A writer.

 

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have

I need to learn Italian.

 

My favourite kind of exercise

Hiking.

 

I relax while

Playing the piano.

 

I collect

Stemware.

 

My essential newspaper/magazine

The New York Times

 

My desert island wine

Champagne

 

I have learnt a lot from

My father

 

My last meal and sip will be

Dungeness crab and Bollinger.

 

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