For many of us most dedicated gourmets, connoisseurs and aficionados, the name John Williams often brings to mind the amazing classical compositions and film scores that we so closely associate with some of the greatest movies of all time, from Star Wars to E.T. and from Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park.
But in the world of Napa Valley wine making, there is a John Williams whose celebrity status and notoriety is perhaps equal to the renown and respect held by “The Maestro” in the music and entertainment scene.
Introducing the world of wine’s very own John Williams, owner and proprietor of Frog’s Leap Winery the Napa Valley’s majestic and near magical, Rutherford, CA.
What sets “THIS” John Williams apart from so many of his competitor vintners, is the degree to which he is absolutely dedicated to create some of the world’s finest, premium quality wines, while simultaneously creating a “work environment” that is fun, relaxed, calm and downright therapeutic, while the wine making process itself is extremely environmentally friends, or “GREEN,” as well.
The “Frog’s Leap” approach is to create a warm, positive, enjoyable working space where everything from heartfelt humor to truly human hospitality is presented and reflected in the attitudes and experiences of the wineries workers, visitors, customers and associated professionals that work along side “Frog’s Leap” as it endeavors to utilize only the very highest quality, organically grown grapes along with the tested, tried and true, traditional artisan winemaking techniques that produce the world’s finest wines, specifically reflecting the wineries specific character and quality of soil and climate.
Williams, working alongside winemaker Paula Moschetti, manage to hand-craft an amazing annual production of nearly 60,000 cases Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Zinfandel.
In William’s own words “We will produce wines that deeply reflect the thoughtfully chosen soils and climates from which they emanate. We will respect our surroundings, maintain good stewardship of the land, uphold our commitment to the principles of sustainable farming and seek a deeper understanding of the natural living systems around us.”
William’s continues “We will be ourselves, constantly professional, balanced with humor and an exuberant passion for life. As a wonderfully diverse family we will come together to share ourselves with honesty and genuine hospitality. We will hold our position as leaders in the Napa Valley wine community with the utmost regard. Our responsible and generous nature will precede us in all our endeavors.”
In conclusion, William’s explains “We will succeed as a business, measuring our success with unique criteria. We will both respect and challenge conventional wisdom, growing our company the way we grow our vines. We will enhance the quality of our lives and the lives of those who work with us, never forsaking our belief that wine is a wonderful part of life, not life itself. Frog’s Leap will leave a legacy!”
Sounds pretty great to me and tastes even better.
Signing off and Pigging out!
Rocco “Boss Hog” Loosbrock