I first learned about wine while going to school at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France in 1966. I was a foreign exchange student and while my other american friends couldn't wait to get home to hamburgers, I dived into pain au chocolate, cassoulet and great Burgundy. Everything suddenly started to make sense after that.
Coming from an old California ranching family, I understood the relationship french vignerons have with their land and history. I remember having dinner with the late André Gagey, winemaker and owner of Jadot in Beaune. He spent the entire evening talking about WWII and his experiences with having his home occupied by the germans and hiding all the family wine. The '59 Volnay wasn't too shabby either.
Running the backroads with importer Bobby Kacher and having private dinners with Robert Parker informed me further and hooked me into a lifelong love affair with wine and France. I have built or remodeled three homes in France over the years and continue to take friends back to introduce them to what inspired me years ago.
Let me know how I can help with your wine cellar needs.
... Richard Peden, Owner