It’s a wine.  It’s a winery.  It’s a family.  It’s a man.

We spent the better part of an hour talking with John Boekenoogen, whose family has worked the land in California’s Monterrey County since the mid-19th century.

John Boekenoogen, by appearance and demeanor, is a modest and self-deprecating sort.  Calls himself a “farmer.”

John Boekenoogen in his tasting room.

As he helped us to tastings of his wines, we learned more about winemaking than we had in all of our combined visits to wineries from California to Argentina to Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, and yes, France.  In plain English, he covered everything from buying vines, to the soil, the climate, and why his little valley in this great big world is absolutely perfect for Pinot Noir.

We bought a couple of bottles of his wine, and thanked John for his knowledge, his patience, and his time.

Only later did we learn that John was the third biggest land owner in Monterrey County. 

I love meeting people like John Boekenoogen.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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2 Responses to Boekenoogen

  1. Anne says:

    Thank you for sharing your birthday celebration with us! So glad you are continuing the Brooks File!

  2. ” Bottle of red, bottle of white…” Find an Italian restaurant with a view of that bridge. Then go back to the hotel and listen together to that Billy Joel song. It’ll just be one more night in the year you turned 60. But the music, combined with the wine, will go together like you two do. Perfectly. Or so it seems reading your dispatches from the places to which you two travel.

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