Despite starting off with a degree in journalism, Peter Franus, from Connecticut, was drawn from his possible career as a scribe to the enology and viticulture program at Cal State Fresno in 1978. Inspired by his time working for Mount Veeder Winery, he launched his first wine, a Zinfandel, in 1987. Buying grapes from the best growers, Franus and his assistant winemaker Jeff Keene, make outstanding wines, of which I think the Mourvedre is a must try. We asked him six questions...
What would you do if you weren't in the wine trade?
So many possibilities that I haven't a clue
Aside from your own wines, what do you like drinking on a regular basis?
Aromatic white wines
What is the best, and worst, wine you have ever made?
It is impossible to answer!
Describe yourself in three words
Engaging, Elusive, Romantic
What is the best wine you have ever tried?
I haven't had it yet
Name three people, real or fictional, living or dead, that would be your dream dinner party guests.
Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Vonnegut, Sir Patrick Stewart
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