... Vino in My Dino

Vino in my Dino

Julie 3-31-15The name Vino in my Dino comes from my earliest memory of wine at our dining room table when I was 4 years old. I had my Flintstones tableware along with my Dino cup-my parents would pour a tiny bit of Zinfandel and then add water. I asked them why they put water in my vino-it just didn’t taste good. I have been passionate about wine ever since.

I am a third generation family member/owner of Pedroncelli Winery and the office I inhabit is my childhood bedroom. I have the good fortune to look out on the same vineyard view as I have for some five decades. And I never tire of what I see. My husband Ed calls this Pedroncelli World Headquarters. I call it home. Growing up at the winery gave me life experiences I still appreciate. Agriculture, sales, marketing, weather, climate, land purchases, sunsets (a family favorite) and Sunday dinners.

I hope you’ll stop by often and appreciate my view of the wine world and together we’ll sip some Vino in my Dino.


You Have to Start Somewhere

This month I am posting thoughts about my 30th year in the family business and what I have learned over time about wine, the market and our network of wine fans.

Written by Julie Pedroncelli St. John

Training Wheels: 1985-1995

Picture this: I was fresh out of college with an English major, had grown up at the winery, was now learning the ropes of the business and I was an introverted young woman. Sometimes being in a family business pushes you outside your comfort zone.

Written by Julie Pedroncelli St. John

It's a Family Thing

You could say it runs in the family, part of my DNA, my roots run deep, or a number of other cute phrases but one thing I know after 55 years on this earth and 30 of them working for my family: wine is my life. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do.

Written by Julie Pedroncelli St. John

Varietally Speaking: Syrah

I’d like to wrap up this month of varietal focus, what we have planted on our vineyards, with Syrah. It is a tale of two vineyards, one on our home ranch in Dry Creek Valley and one on a mountain side in Alexander Valley.

Written by Julie Pedroncelli St. John

Varietally Speaking: Port

As our varietal focus month of May winds down, I am featuring our Portuguese varietals we have planted on our home ranch, one acre of each, and combined they make a delicious dessert wine.

Written by Julie Pedroncelli St. John


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