Malek Amrani

Founder & Winemaker, The Vice

Malek Amrani

Vices are our escape from the everyday.

Tell us about your first Napa Valley harvest…

Exciting, exhausting, humbling and promising.

Name a Napa Valley vintner who has influenced you and briefly explain why.

Peter Newton. A pioneer of Napa Valley Merlot.

How did you get started in the wine business?

At 18, I decided to drop out of medical studies and follow a wine career in New York.

What does "cultivating excellence" as a Napa Valley vintner mean to you?

“Cultivating excellence” is a key value at The Vice. Our team strives to achieve excellence in every aspect of the business on a daily basis.

If you weren't a Napa Valley vintner, what would you be doing?

Professional athlete or Cannabis grower.

If you could open a bottle of your wine and share it with any three people (living or not), who would they be?

Kobe Bryant, Albert Einstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger

What's your all-time favorite food and wine pairing?

Margherita Pizza and Carneros Pinot Noir

What’s the strangest word you’ve used to describe the smell or taste of wine?

I once tasted a wine with so many conflicting flavors all happening at once, I described it as a tipsy mariachi band at a bat-mitzvah.

What is your winemaking philosophy?

Minimal interference in the vineyards and in the cellar. With Napa, less is always more.

What is your favorite memory as a vintner working in Napa Valley?

The first sip of Batch #1 after blending.

What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m a USA Triathlon Team USA athlete that’s competing in the 2021 World Championships.

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