I was reading a wine blog recently and the writer referred to herÂ â€œwine crushâ€â€”and she was not referring to stomping grapes.Â That made me think of Joel Gott, who I would say is my current wine crush.Â He is one of the coolest, cutest and busiest winemakers in Napa.Â He makes an $18 Zin they call â€œThe poor manâ€™s Turleyâ€. When we met, he was wearing a killer preppy vintage green tweed blazer. Not getting a photo with him is one of my life regrets.
When you are born in a place that the rest of the world envies, you are considered a â€œnativeâ€ of that place and other people will always be jealous.Â If you are born on Nantucket Island, you are a considered far, far superior to all the other people in the world, including those that moved to the island when they were 6 days old or have lived on-island for 55 years.Â If they werenâ€™t born here, theyâ€™re not â€œnativesâ€.
Joel Gott is a Napa native, but the pedigree is only part of makes him so cute.Â His grandfather was the winemaker and President of Inglenook.Â His Mother started Montevina out of their basement.Â His Dad began as the first cellar rat at Sterling and worked his way up to CEO, and also founded Corbett Canyon.Â Joelâ€™s wife, Sarah, was the winemaker at prestigious Joseph Phelps and Quintessa.Â They have kids who will probably grow up to do cool things.
Joel Gott makes great wine for the $.Â He owns a car wash , the beloved Palisades Market in Calistoga, and, most famously of all, Taylorâ€™s Refresher.Â Yes, the original Taylorâ€™s in St Helena and the spiffy one in the Ferry Building in SFO and one in Oxbow.
I donâ€™t know which I love more: his Zin or his Texas Burger w/ Jack, fresh guac and pickled jalapenos paired w/ sweet potato fries?Â What I do know is that combined they make for the perfect lunch.
I can accept that he is married, I donâ€™t mind that he makes some bulk wines and I am happy about his recent deal with Trinchero.Â I only hope that he will stay the same cool, down-to-earth dude making really good, smartly priced wines that I presently have a crush on.
I â™¥ Joel Gott!
photos courtesy of: http://www.volunteer.blogs.com/winewaves/