It’s a wine. It’s a winery. It’s a family. It’s a man.
John Boekenoogen, by appearance and demeanor, is a modest and self-deprecating sort. Calls himself a “farmer.”
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.