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Learning every aspect of winemaking from pruning the meter high vines in sub-zero conditions to punch-downs in the cellar cemented his plan. This grand initiation eventually led us to move to Northern California's wine country. Between studying enology and microbiology, Tom began in the cellars of Stonestreet Winery in 1993 and worked his way up through various production jobs before becoming enologist at Michel-Schlumberger in Healdsburg, CA.
Meanwhile Rebecca's discovered her passion was in the vineyard. This led her to study viticulture once in Sonoma, CA. As luck would have it, she's worked with some of the top winemakers, grape growers and viticulturists of both Napa & Sonoma counties. In particular, she attributes much of her inspiration to Erin Green & Helen Turley, two women pioneers with far-reaching influence.
Finally, in 1999, after chasing this vision, it became a reality for us when we began our own wine brand. In retrospect, this is why we named our wine, "Maboroshi", a Japanese term for extraordinary visions. It is our passion for wine and our commitment to each other's dreams that has driven us thus far.
When we packed up & left for Bourgogne, France in 1991 with our 4 year old daughter in tow, our family and friends thought Tom's scheme to become a winemaker, was a "maboroshi" of a dream. To them, maboroshi appeared to be a frivolous dream, but to us it was just the start of an extraordinary adventure. Tom began by knocking on nearly every great wine domaine in the Cote d'Or for a chance to intern with one of the wine masters of Pinot Noir. He jumped at the chance to work under the instruction of Charles Rousseau, proprietor of Gevrey-Chambertin's Domaine Armand Rousseau.