Winemaker Chrissy Whittman and Liam (Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

(Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

Foodie Chap Chats With Truly Personable Winemaker Chrissy Whittman

Liam Mayclem
December 21, 2018 - 4:28 pm

ST. HELENA (KCBS RADIO) — In true Prisoner style, Chrissy Wittmann came to winemaking in an unconventional way. After earning a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, the future winemaker found her love for wine while analyzing soil and waste water samples in a lab.

After serving time as a laboratory enologist, Chrissy returned to Cal Poly, achieving her master’s degree in Agriculture. She joined Scheid Vineyards in 2005 as assistant winemaker, and two years later took the same title at the prestigious Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards in Paso Robles. Over the next nine years, Chrissy rose to Director of Winemaking, while mastering the art of multi-vineyard sourcing to create unique, complex wines. 

In 2016, she moved her family to Napa Valley to become Director of Winemaking at The Prisoner Wine Company, where her expertise in vineyard partnerships is in play every day, as she works with over 100 vineyards throughout California to source fruit for the unexpected blends. Chrissy says, “The Prisoner Wine Company’s wines have true personalities that start in the vineyards and which are encompassed in the blending of the wine. I’m thrilled to be working with so many vineyards of quality, to tap into my inner wine geek every day.” 

We met in Napa recently for our Foodie Chap chat. Over some fine tastes of The Prisoner Wine Co. we talked about Chrissy’s amazing journey in wine and about the arresting wines she is making in Napa.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Liam!

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2017 NAPA VALLEY ROSÉ THE PRISONER WINE COMPANY

 
WINE NOTES
2017 NAPA VALLEY ROSÉ THE PRISONER WINE COMPANY

2017 NAPA VALLEY ROSÉ THE PRISONER WINE COMPANY
Our winemaking team works with a family of growers to source a diverse variety of grapes from premier vineyards throughout California. The resulting wines are interesting blends of distinct quality and character.

ABOUT THE WINE
Syndrome is a force unto itself. Smart, resilient, adaptable. It grows like a vine and claims disciples—just like our wine. For Syndrome we combined red varietals from three outstanding growing regions: Calistoga, Napa Valley, and Carneros.
After harvest, the grapes were sent directly to the press. The press cut was taken at the color turn. The varietals were fermented in stainless steel at 55 °F until dryness. After blending, the wine was bottled without fining.

WINEMAKER NOTES
Opens with aromas of watermelon, fresh strawberry, white peach, flowers, and a pleasing flintiness. Refreshing raspberry flavors follow with minerality leading to a bright, lingering finish.

THE BLEND
Grenache, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Mourvedre

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The Prisoner Wine Company
1178 Galleron Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
(866) 255-7401
www.theprisonerwinecompany.com