Young Winemakers' Dinner

The Third Annual Young Winemakers' Dinner brings together three innovative and emerging winemakers for one great night of collaboration and community. We were once again honored to partner with the Napa Valley Vintners during Auction Napa Valley to host these young talents: Kale Anderson; Massimo Di Costanzo; and Macario Montoya for an evening celebrating the future of local winemaking. Each vintner poured two of their wines alongside a tasting menu crafted by Chef Christopher Kostow and his kitchen team.
 
 
A portion of the proceeds benefitted the annual fundraiser, Auction Napa Valley, which funds community health and children's education in Napa County.

 

Young Winemakers' Dinner 2016

 
Kale Anderson, Kale Wines
Kale Anderson grew up in Sonoma County, where he was exposed to the wine industry by a community that encouraged creativity, love for the outdoors, and stewardship of the land. In 2001, Kale took his first harvest internship at J Winery, Russian River. After graduating with a degree in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, he worked at Colgin Cellars, Terra Valentine Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards in Stags Leap District and is currently Director of Winemaking for Pahlmeyer. In 2008, Kale and his wife Ranko set out to create Rhone inspired wines from the best vineyards in Nothern California under their own label, Kale Wines. Specializing in small production, handcrafted wines, Kale utilizes new technologies as well as ancient techniques to express the unique vineyards' most delicious characteristics. 
 
Massimo Di Costanzo, Di Costanzo
Born in Berkeley, California, Massimo Di Costanzo is a proud Napa Valley winemaker with a global point of view. Massimo found winemaking while at UC Davis and knew he had found his calling. After graduating with a degree in Viticulture and Enology, Massimo combined stints making wine in Tuscany, Mendoza, and Stellenbosch, with longer tenures honing his craft at esteemed Napa wineries: Ovid, Screaming Eagle, and Philippe Melka Consulting. A friendship with the Farella Vineyard turned into a fruitful partnership, and in 2010 he launched the debut vintage, Di Costanzo, Farella Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon. Massimo lives in Saint Helena, California with wife, Erin, and son, Luciano.
 
Macario Montoya, Campesino Cellars
Macario grew up in the small town of Elmira. Frequently dragged to wine tasting by his parents, it wasn't until attending the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana that he actually encountered the first wine (cooler) he liked. An inauspicious start for a winemaker, but nevertheless, after working for six years in the corporate world as a financial advisor, Macario decided to ditch the suit and tie for purple hands and pruning shears. Macario's philosophy on wine making is simple: he believes wines are an expression of the earth and are made in the vineyard. It's the job of the winemaker to finish the process.