“When creating pinot noir to pair with Japanese cuisine, we value balance and texture as much as aromatics. Creating harmonious, cool-climate wines is at the heart of our philosophy.” – Shalini Sekhar, Winemaker

Sharing a background in music, and a love of wine and cuisine, Xander and award-winning winemaker Shalini work together to craft a unique style of high-quality pinot noir made in an old-world, minimal intervention style from the most iconic vineyards across California.

Shalini was selected as “Best Winemaker” at the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition, and has worked with prestigious wineries including Roar, Williams Selyem, Stags’ Leap, Furthermore, Waits Mast, and Neely, along with her own label, Ottavino.

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