Meet the Winemaker

Get to know the real people behind the wine.

The Meet the Winemaker series is all about creating a direct connection between you and the wines you drink. 

There is so much that goes into every glass of wine we drink.  This industry is powered by the passion of individuals with a dream and a vision for making something extraordinary.  This monthly seminar series is an opportunity for wine lovers everywhere to learn more about the people and passions that make wine possible.

January Winemaker: Laura Catena

Friday, January 29th @ 4:00PM PST $30

Great wines begin in the vineyard, and Bodegas Catena Zapata has taken that truth very seriously. Their vision is to make rich and unforgettable wines that are true to the special place they come from. The story of Catena is the story of Argentine wine.

Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza.  The family’s Adrianna Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation has been called the Grand Cru of South America.  

Dr. Laura Catena is a fourth generation Argentine vintner, physician and author. Catena was born in Mendoza and spent her childhood with her grandfather Domingo at the family’s winery in the small village of La Libertad. Laura graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1988 and has a Medical Doctor degree from Stanford University. In 1995 Laura joined her father Nicolás Catena Zapata at the family winery and founded the Catena Institute of Wine with the vision of making Argentine wines that could stand with the best of the world.

In this seminar, we meet Laura Catena and learn all about the history and evolution of her family’s winery in Argentina, high altitude viticulture and the powerful nuances of the Malbec grape.

We will be tasting a selection of three of her wines during the seminar:
Wines TBD

These wines are NOT included in the class purchase price, but you will be able to purchase them from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa!   You are, of course, welcome to join the seminar without the wine, but joining the tasting will give you more insight into understanding these beautiful wines.

These wines are NOT included in the class purchase price, can be purchased from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa!   You are, of course, welcome to join the seminar without the wine, but joining the tasting will give you more insight into how this region’s uniqueness shines.

This seminar is FREE for Vinolust Wine Explorer members!

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