Get the Dirt about Bolshoi Family Wines from Lydia Bolshoi

2 Jan

BolshoiPeople1. What was your first vintage year? 2016

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Less then 300

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, but appointments are welcome at the winery.

4. If not you, who is your winemaker? My husband, Adrian Bolshoi.

5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? My grandmother’s homemade wine from back home in Moldova.

6. What varietals do you work with? Malvasia Bianca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah and Viognier. Our favorites to work with are the Cabernet and Malvasia.

7. What vineyards do you source from? We get our fruit from Estelle, McGinley and Marshall Vineyards. All have meticulous vineyard managers and produce exceptional fruit.

8. What type of oak treatment do you use? Depending on the wine a combination of stainless steel, neutral oak and French oak barrels.

BolshoiBottles9. What do you love about your winemaking region? We love Santa Barbara’s microclimates and diversity of grape varietals to we get to work with.

10. What’s the story behind your winery name / label? Bolshoi is our last name; translated from Russian it means “big.” We are trying to produce bigger, more flavorful wines from SB County.

11. Most importantly, what’s so great about being small? I came to the USA and worked for a larger winery for many years. As a small producer I can sort every bunch, pick exactly the brix and PH just right and pay attention to every single barrel. The quality difference is night and day.

13. How do you view the future in the wine industry for small-lot winemakers? At risk due to buy-outs from larger producers. Concerned we will become more rare.

14. If you could choose another wine region to work in, what would it be? Piedmont, Italy. Would love to learn more about Barolo.

To learn more about Bolshoi Family Wines, please visit their website or follow them on FACEBOOK.

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