The Levendi Winery has been in the wine industry since 2001. Since that time they have been growing a variety of grapes (Chardonnay, Cabernet and Pinot Noir). Their Wine Maker is Alison Green-Doran, and Alison has been with Levendi since its inception. Alison’s background is very impressive – she spent the early part of her career traveling to France and Italy with the renowned wine expert, André Tchelistcheff. Alison has honed her craft into a distinctive style and she has brought excitement to the development of each of our wonderful vintages.
Levendi is in currently in the planning stages of opening a wine tasting room in Napa, excited about having a showroom in Napa to showcase all of their distinguished wines.
This year’s California wildfires and climate change have caused concern about particular firms and wineries generally. Fortunately for Levendi, the recent wild-fires have not impacted their wines, nor has the climate change really impacted the wine business in Napa, per se. There have been warm days and cold days but this has generally been the situation throughout the years in Napa.
According to its website, “our family, the Gianulias', has a strong Greek tradition of private winemaking dating back for centuries. Since 1926, on American – and Napa Valley – soil, we have propagated, refined and developed special handcrafted vintages to share with our family. And yours.”
Asked how they pay homage to the original wine makers of ancient Greece, The National Herald was told, “in ancient Greece, wine was vital to both culture and community. Today, Mediterranean communities still hold wine in the highest regard,” and the Greeks have done an outstanding job in developing their own wines. The varietal wines they are developing are growing in approval along with the French and the Italian wines both in style and quality.”
And the Greek-American industry presence in America is strong. “Over the years there has been an increase in Greek-Americans making wines throughout California, and the United States. Greek wineries are focusing on producing high quality wines at reasonable prices, TNH was told.
The people at Levendi deeply appreciate that “winemaking is both an art and a science. Winemakers keep meticulous records of everything that happens to a wine from harvest to bottling. They need a fantastic sense of smell to be able to distinguish the smallest changes in wine during fermentation and throughout the winemaking process.”
There are many challenges to increasing market share in the highly competitive wine industry. One of them is converting beer and spirit drinkers to wine lovers. Levendi says that is done by pairing wines with food! “Beer and whiskey drinkers who prefer a heavy, bold beer or whiskey might enjoy Levendi’s Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. A Vodka and light beer drinker might enjoy our Chardonnay.”
TNH asked about particular pairings and learned, “Levendi’s Napa Reserve Chardonnay pairs beautifully with hummus and also with smoked bacon. The acidity of the wine matches well with the salt, fat and smoke of the bacon. Levendi Sweetwater Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with steak salad, as well as a good burger.”
Individuals and distributions may purchase online at www.levendiwinery.com or by phoning (877) LEVENDI or (949) 955-0678.