Napa Valley winemaker Joe Wagner put Meiomi Pinot Noir on the map, proving that you can make a quality wine for consumer tastes and achieve commercial success.
Some winemakers choose to make wines for themselves, without taking into account what the public prefers in wine.
That best part of Wagner’s philosophy is that a good wine needn’t break the piggy bank. In 2007, Wagner crafted Meiomi Pinot Noir that featured big, ripe, fruit forward tastes and a smooth texture. Women loved it. The California wine hit the market at less than $20 and was an instant sensation.
It helped that Wagner is the son of Chuck Wagner, who owns the famous Caymus Vineyards, but young Joe really pushed the idea of a low-cost, high-quality P...Read More