Massican Winery, Calistoga

Dan Petroski is one of the most exciting winemakers working in California today. Having spent happy years in Sicily learning to work a vineyard and produce wine, on his return to Napa he missed having a cool glass of white wine at the end of a long, hot harvest day. Realising that a tiny amount of typical Northern Italian white grapes were actually being grown in California, he fought to get one of eight shares of the 2.5 acres of Ribolla Gialla grown in the US, and then to have the grape recognised as an official US variety. To this he added a small amount of Tocai Friulano, Greco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and Massican was born in 2009. Named after the coastal mountain range on the southern Italian peninsula in the region of Campania, Massican produces crisp, pure white wines with Californian character and an Italian accent. Like most Californian wineries Massican is "virtual": Dan uses a winemaking facility and works closely with six growers who tend the tiny plots of these unusual grapes in and around Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

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