Women in Wine Wednesday - Kathy Joesph of Fiddlehead Wines
This weeks Woman in Wine is Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Wines. Kathy established Fiddlehead Cellars in 1989 after getting her degree from UC Davis in microbiology and biochemistry and graduate studies in Enology and Viticulture. She was one of the first female winemakers to open her own vineyard in Santa Barbara County. I really loved this quote from the website about Joseph: "Her lack of funds and sense of adventure led her to explore winemaking." We all start somewhere, and I dig the thought of lack of resources forcing creativity.
Joseph specializes in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot noir, and TWICE has her wines selected to be the official wine served at the White House. She also inspired so Alexander Payne with her Sauvignon Blanc that he added it to the script of “Sideways.” According to urban legend, they met at a crew movie night during filming in the Santa Ynez Valley, and he just couldn’t get enough of her delicious wine. So much so that it became part of film history.
An early adapter of sustainability, all of the wines made from grapes grown in Fiddlehead’s vineyards carry the SIP certification.
Quaint and cozy, the tasting room for Fiddlehead, located in Lompoc’s “Wine Ghetto,” is serving up side by side tastings of multiple vintages of their famous “728.” The wine is named after the mile marker of their vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, and they are so proud of their local love. The idiosyncratic flavors of this Pinot are spectacular from year to year. I also highly recommend their Rośe!
1597 East Chestnut Ave
Lompoc, a 93436
Open Friday 5-8, Saturday 11-5, Sunday 1-4 All other days by appointment