April 2013 Issue of Wines & Vines

Winemaker Interview: Steve Pessagno

Engineer-turned-vintner speaks candidly about the use of oak barrel alternatives

by Laurie Daniel
Steve Pessagno, proprietor of Pessagno Winery in California’s Monterey County, grew up around wine. His grandfather, a rancher in the Santa Clara Valley, taught him to make Zinfandel when he was a teen. But he didn’t pursue wine as a career at first.
Instead, Pessagno earned a degree in engineering from Santa Clara University in 1980 and worked in the field of combustion kinetics.…

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