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Alban’s Wine Philosophy and the Winery’s Future

Alban’s Wine Philosophy and the Winery’s Future John Alban and I concluded my extended visit at his winery in Arroyo Grande delving into topics suggested by Jordan Fiorentini, Epoch’s acclaimed winemaker.   Initially, John was certain that Jordan wanted me to investigate his strong “bromance” for Jordan’s husband, Manu. (He

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John Alban – California’s Rhone Godfather Part II

John Alban – California’s Rhone Godfather Part II As a prelude to attending Hospice du Rhone, John Alban invited me to visit him at his vineyard in Arroyo Grande. Now, John’s proud of many things, like his family, his vineyard (located where no one thought it could succeed), and his

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John Alban – California’s Rhone Godfather

John Alban – California’s Rhone Godfather You talk to any successful Rhone wine producer in California, and they all reference John Alban as a major influence. Justin Smith, owner and winemaker at Saxum, credits John for coming to the Saxum vineyard in the 1980s and convincing Justin’s father to plant

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