Father John Wines with winemaker Nicholas Maloney
March 11, 2020 7pm
Nicholas Maloney started Father John Winery in 2010 just before moving to France to pursue studies at the Lycee Viticole where he earned his degree in viticulture and enology. He crafted Grand Cru status wines while at Chateau d’Issan of Margaux, and then later worked for wineries in Nuits-st-Georges, Savigny les Beaune, Pernand Vergelesses, and Chablis.
He returned from France with a great appreciation for terroir and the philosophy which guides the winemaker along the path of gently awakening the potential of the vineyard into its finest expression in wine.
In California he set about showcasing the true character of Pinot Noir using the tried and true methods of the old world. He ferments using whole cluster and native yeasts, he doesn’t fine or filter, and ages the wine for a year in Allier French oak barrels before bottling. The production is very small and the quality is exceptional which makes these wines highly prized. Learn more about this young winemaker, his method, and his wines.
The winery is a tribute to his grandfather, the late Reverend John Weaver, a renowned Episcopalian priest who dedicated his life to honesty, reverence and the commitment to living in peace.