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Mike smith

What are you most excited to do as winemaker at Scarlett Wines in the future? 
Create the most expressive new wines with varietals planted at the estate – these will include a Bordeax Blend, a heritage blend of Mixed Blacks and possible and merlot

What makes Scarlett Wines special?
Terroir, Vineyard practices, impeccable farming and high attention to detail in the winemaking

What’s your biggest goal in your winemaking career that you’re still trying to achieve?
100 points from a wine critic for Scarlett

What’s your biggest challenge as a winemaker and how do you overcome that challenge?
You only get one shot at the wine every year, one pick, one ferment and each wine is what it is from mother natures vintage

What do you enjoy most about making wine?
Crafting it with my own hands and helping/mentoring my team learn and excel in winemaking

What are three of your favorite hobbies? 
Hiking, Fishing, Travel  and Wine of course

Who has been your biggest inspiration in the wine industry?
Les Behrens – Behrens family winery

Where have you worked before Scarlett?
Nicholson Ranch, Outpost, Schrader Cellars, Tamber Bey, Carter Cellars and Myriad Cellars

What is your favorite varietal?
Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite food and wine pairing? 
Cabernet Sauvignon and ruffles potato chips with a big flannery steak

Any other fun facts we should know about you?
I love to cook for friends and family, and make beer