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This week: California History
How did André Tchelistcheff influence California winemaking?
He introduced a new benchmark for quality in California with BV's Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. He also mentored a great deal of California winemakers that would go on to become giants in their own right (Heitz, Grgich, Mondavi, Martini, amongst others). Additionally, while consulting for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 1974, he found that the wines from Cask 23 were particularly beautiful and distinct, thus leading to it being bottled separately, starting the tradition of one of their mainstay upper-echelon offerings.