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by Fred McMillin
From Movies to Monterey
A 1993 letter in my files:
The Rest of the Story
We have many suprises aging in our cellar for future classes. More important, who is Bill Jekel?
Bill is a Californian...born there...Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles...law degree from University of Southern California...and then co-owner with his identical-twin brother of a California movie company called FilmFair.
Rocks in his Head
In spite of all that success, Bacchus was beckoning. So, did he buy a vineyard in Sonoma or Napa? NO! He bought a "129-acre rockpile" in an unproven area of Monterey, Arroyo Seco (dry stream).
Bad Cab Country
Arroyo Seco is marine-cooled...too cool for Cabernet Sauvignon. It wouldn't ripen fully and didn't sell well. BUT, the aptly-named Gravelstone Vineyard produced all-star white wines right away...and still is, including our...
Wine of the Day
1998 Jekel Chardonnay
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Postscript—More About the Movies
George Burns and Walter Matthau were being directed in a movie by the great comedy writer Neil Simon. George learned about Walter's sense of humor:
Walter to George—The next scene won't work. The scenery is funny and the lines are funny. The audience won't know what to laugh at. George to Walter—I bet you're right. Tell Neil. Walter to George—I don't have your clout. You tell him. George to Neil— Neil, this won't work. The audience won't know whether to laugh at the lines or the scenery. Neil to George—You're wrong. It'll be fine. What do you think, Walter? Walter—I'm with you, Neil!
I'm sure George could have used a glass of Jekel Chardonnay after that one.
Note—Our Winery of the Week on Feb. 7, 1997 was "Jekel".
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