Jasmine Hirsch is officially director of sales and marketing at Hirsch Vineyards, the Sonoma Coast winery founded by her father, David, who bought the property in 1978.
"I was born in 1979, so I’ve been around the vineyard my whole life," she said.
She didn’t run off to UC Davis to study winemaking, though. She went to the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Asian Studies with a concentration in Japanese. Eventually, she came back to wine.
When I asked her what had caught her attention lately, she couldn’t confine her enthusiasm to just one wine, but wanted to talk about two she tried recently. Both, as it turns out, from the same small area of the Loire Valley in France called Brézé, usually sold under the Saumur appellation.
“Brézé doesn’t have its own appellation,” she says, “but it should because the wines are so different from Saumur. The vineyards are at a high elevation relative to the rest of the appellation and the soil is limestone.