Rich Frederick

Winemaker, Vine Cliff Winery

Rich Frederick

I was physically and mentally exhausted at the end of each long day, but knew I had found what I truly wanted to do in life.

Tell us about your first Napa Valley harvest…

My first harvest was in 2001 at Kent Rasmussen Winery. I had no idea what I was doing, but was eager to learn. The reality of cellar work is you have a broom in one hand and a hose in the other and it seemed like all we did was clean. I was physically and mentally exhausted at the end of each long day, but knew I had found what I truly wanted to do in life.

How did you get started in the wine business?

I was working at Martini House in St. Helena and a friend of a friend was looking for part-time help in the tasting room as well as the cellar. It was a small winery and there were only two of us working production, not including the winemaker. When the other guy left I jumped at the chance to go full-time in the cellar and haven't looked back since.

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

An architect.

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

Easily a Napa Valley Cabernet and and a nice, big rib eye steak.

What is your winemaking philosophy?

Minimal intervention. Set the table for a healthy fermentation and let the site speak for itself.

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