Riecine Chianti Classico Riecine’s goal is as simple as it is lofty: To produce the finest Sangiovese-based wines in the world. Winemaker Sean O’Callaghan oversees production from vine to bottle. Farming is strictly organic and Sean does not blend his Sangiovese with other grapes as is allowed in the region. The Chianti Classico is […]
In 2009, Connor O’Rourke worked on Fred Scherrer’s bottling line for a few days. He shot this video, for which Fred provided commentary on his annual trip to Chicago. To learn more from Fred on all aspects of wine, please take a look at our library of videos on YouTube.
Fred Scherrer loads the 2006 Helfer Vineyard Chardonnay into his Swiss and German presses. Inside of the press is a rubber bladder that Fred slowly inflates to gently squeeze the juice from the grapes. Red wines need to stay in contact with their skins to extract tannins and color. Chardonnay is a little like […]
Fred Scherrer likes to source fruit from the many small, family-owned vineyards within a few miles of the winery. Don Helfer’s vineyard is one of them with only an acre of vineyard space. He farms the Kistler clone of Chardonnay (the Kistler Winery is just down the street). The vines are planted close together and […]