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Real name: Chris Lopez
Locale: Pacific Grove, CA (Monterey), California, USA
Favorite region: Alsace and Loire Valley
Dream wine: The one shared with great friends...
I had my first glass of palatable wine (Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2002) a couple weeks after my 21st birthday and there has been no turning back since! A professional photographer by trade, I began my adventure in the wine industry with short stint as a wine steward at a little place called Gino's in LA. Since then I have studied through the Court of Master Sommeliers (currently preparing for the Certified exam) and am now living in Pacific Grove, CA and working at a small winery in Carmel, De Tierra Vineyards.
What do I want in a wine? A sense of time and place. I want to taste the land, the year, the grape. Give me blood, sweat, and tears over (well, in addition to) a laboratory.
|Wine||Like It||Don't Like|
|2005 Michel Gahier Chardonnay Arbois La Fauquette||Yes|
|2011 De Tierra Pinot Noir Russell Estate||Yes|
|2012 Louis-Antoine Luyt Carignan Empedrado Trequilemu||Yes|
|2010 Morgan Syrah||Yes|
|2011 Pierce Ranch Arinto Home Ranch Vineyard||Yes|
|2007 Wrath Mission||Yes|
|2012 Fattoria Laila Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore||Yes|
|NV Domaine Allimant-Laugner Crémant d'Alsace Rosé||Yes|
|2010 De Tierra Syrah||Yes|
|2012 De Tierra Zinfandel Mesa Del Sol||Yes|