John Bigelow Interview

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John Bigelow: I really want to do something
that I am super passionate about and I want to do it the rest of my life. I don’t want
to have to retire, I am not interested in playing golf when I’m 80 years old, I want
to do something that I’m really intrigued with. Wines go through phases, when I first started
off I didn’t understand those phases, I didn’t really get the whole patience part
of it. I was in the high tech game at the time at
the time, I worked for IBM first and then a company called Sequent Computers where everything
is instantaneous. When you do something in high tech you know immediately was that right
or wrong, and you react to it. In the wine business that is the worst thing you can do. Madeline Puckette: So it’s been like about
a month since we last met up. John Bigelow: I’m a little more relaxed
now. Madeline Puckette: heheh, you were moving
quick. John Bigelow: What a harvest. It was probably
in 15 years making wine, the hardest harvest I’ve seen. But like all things in life,
when you work really hard sometimes it turns out to be the best and this could be a phenominal
vintage for the state of Washington. I’ve got a wine called Tre, Peggy and I
have three sons, and there are three grapes in this wine that are blended together. So
it’s cab, merlot and syrah. With all those components I can actually enhance the finish
of a wine or enchance the color or a wine or enhance a flavor component in the wine
by adding another component to the wine in the blend. Each of the boys knows what grape
they are in the blend. Madeline Puckette: I wonder what grape I would
be? What grape do you think I am? John Bigelow: awe. You are absolutely carmenere.
Spicy and black pepper. chim chim!

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