PWF Winemaker Series Part 4
Pittsburgh Wine Festival is excited to offer the opportunity to meet many of the faces behind the wine at this year’s festival. Check out a preview of the winemakers who will be on-site the Pittsburgh Wine Festival! This year’s full wine list is available here.
Brian Terrizzi, Broadside Wine
Brian Terrizzi landed his first harvest job at Rosenblum and went on to study winemaking at Fresno State, where he met his future wife and partner, Stephanie Sorn. Today Brian oversees the Broadside cellar while Stephy is a prominent force for bio- organic viticulture in Paso Robles.
She has steered many growers towards organic and sustainable farming and certifications. Brian and Stephy also own and make the Giornata wines, where they focus on Italian grapes grown in California. Brian and Stephy will be on-site at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival where they will feature Broadside Wild Ferment Chardonnay Central Coast, Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, Broadside Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and Broadside Margarita Vineyard Merlot Paso Robles.
Daniel Cohn, Bellacosa Wines
As the son of Bruce Cohn, manager of the Doobie Brothers and founder of the famed Sonoma winery BR Cohn, Dan likes to say he was born into music and raised in wine. Following the sale of his family’s iconic winery in 2015, Dan set out to create a wine that could evoke the magic of a timeless song. His relentless commitment to creating a wine that brings people together has brought forth Bellacosa; it truly is a “beautiful thing.” You can meet Daniel at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival, where he will be pouring Kunde Family Winery Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley, Joseph Carr Revelist Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, and Bellacosa Oakville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tom Leonardi II, Whitehall Lane Winery
Tom Leonardini II joined the winery in 1994 and is responsible for the national and international distribution of all Whitehall Lane wines. He graduated from Santa Clara University and also earned an MBA degree from the University of San Francisco with an emphasis in marketing. Prior to joining the family at Whitehall Lane, Tom entered the wine/liquor industry through a large California wine and liquor marketing company. Tom will be on site at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival featuring Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Whitehall Lane Merlot Napa Valley, Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley, and Whitehall Lane Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.
Adam LaZarre, Wine Hooligans
As Director of Winemaking at Wine Hooligans, Adam LaZarre guides all viticulture and winemaking strategy for Broadside, Cycles Gladiator, Portlandia, and Stephen Vincent wines. Adam grew up near the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, and after his 7-year stint in the U.S. Navy, he enrolled in California’s Fresno State’s Department of Viticulture and Enology to become a winemaker. After working as a full time associate winemaker at Jekel Vineyards in Monterey, Hahn Estates hired him to be their Vice President of winemaking. During his time at Hahn Estates, Adam created the Rex Goliath and Cycles Gladiator brands – both of which were developed as wine brands for the people. Since leaving Hahn Estates, Adam was crucial in the purchase of the Cycles Gladiator brand by Wine Hooligans. Adam will be at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival alongside Brian Terrizzi featuring Broadside Wild Ferment Chardonnay Central Coast, Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, Broadside Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and Broadside Margarita Vineyard Merlot Paso Robles.
Anthony Hamilton Russell & Olive Hamilton Russell, Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell are co-owners of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, which was taken over by Anthony in 1991. The couple met in Cape Town, South Africa, and married in 2004. Anthony hosted a Cool Climate symposium for the MW’s in South Africa. He has been a wine panelist at conferences in Chile, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, USA and South Africa. Olive completed an advanced diploma at the Cape Wine Academy. Both will be on site at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival pouring Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Walker Bay, Southern Right Pinotage Walker Bay, Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Estate, and Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Estate.