Skip to main content

A Brush With The Big Boys

(For those of you that haven't heard it yet, here's the story that first put Allegro on the national map.)

John and Tim Crouch began their respective careers as classically trained musicians. When they entered the wine industry, they brought their interest in music to their winery through its name (Allegro) and the naming of some of the wines. When John created a Seyval Blanc and peach wine blend, he christened it “Opus 1.” Yes, “Opus 1,” just like any composer might.

Now, in the early 1980s, Robert Mondavi and Baron Mouton-Rothschild decided to enter into a partnership as a new winery in Napa, California. Millions were spent on the development of the winery and the vineyards. This “Napamedoc” wine needed a name. They chose “Opus One.” Wouldn’t you know it....

After the big announcement at a press conference, a voice from the back of the country was heard to say, “Ahem. We already are using that name.” (Actually, Jim Laube from Wine Spectator broke the news, and John wrote him a letter explaining the coincidence.) Therewith, a fleet of lawyers was sent to Pennsylvania. A deal was struck. Allegro was not allowed to use the name “Opus One” for any of its wines in exchange for a monetary settlement. Thus came to be the honorary “Opus One Bridge” and “Opus One Corker.” Both are still in operation.

Additionally, it was noted that there was a gentleman's agreement that Mondavi was to come to this small hamlet and taste the wines.

He never showed....

Comments

  1. Well, Mr. Mondavi doesn't know what he is missing then.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

By posting on here, you are guaranteeing that what you say here is worthwhile and worth saying. And something that you would say in the presence of your mother. If not, I will be forced to remove it.

Popular posts from this blog

The Quiet Sounds of Summer

Today is another day in April, much like the last few weeks have been.  We hope all of you have been staying safe as we adjust to the current ever-changing situation in our worlds.  What doesn't change is that the vines don't care what's going on in the world for us....they are just starting to come back to life.   Much has changed since we officially took over the former Naylor facility on February 20, 2020.  It's crazy to think that only a month after signing documents on one of the most significant projects I have undertaken in my life would be eerily quiet.  All the plans that we had set in place to start ramping up this spring have suddenly changed. As the situation with the current lockdown and soon re-opening of our state continues, I am working hard to understand how Allegro will transition back to normal as well.  Both the "how" and the "when" are extremely difficult and important issues for us.  We're used to sharing glasses of

A New Era for Allegro

Yesterday the news from last year actually became official:  Allegro Winery finalized the purchase of the former Naylor Wine Cellars property in Stewartstown.  I know that most people were probably under the impression that this happened almost a year ago, but these things take time. East Side of the former Naylor Wine Cellars Dick Naylor passed away on December 10, 2018, and a few weeks later the long-time family friend and accountant to the Naylor family, George Dotzel, called me to see if I had an interest in the property.  This led to numerous meetings with him and Janey Potter (Dick Naylor's daughter) regarding what the future of the property would be.  In the end, it was decided that Allegro Winery would purchase the assets and real estate while Naylor Wine Cellars would continue on at their Queensgate location until their existing inventory was sold. Through it all, we have been making preparations for what the future of Allegro looks like and how we can best use th

My Wife is a Freak....

Turns out that I quoted my lovely wife the other day in an interview with a journalist.  For years, Kris has said that Chambourcin tastes like millipedes.  In general.  Not all Chambourcins, just the ones that are over-cropped (and by that I mean, more than one cluster per shoot.) Now, I'm not sure what she means by "millipedes" since it would seem to imply that she has tasted one.  But just like I have never licked wet concrete, I still can relate to that character in wine.  I suppose she is doing the same thing.  But millipedes?  Suffice it to say that this was a memorable read for some people.  On top of that, I know what flavor it is in Chambourcin that she is referring to.  Whenever she says a Chambourcin tastes like millipedes, I usually say, yes, it does taste like Chambourcin.  (It's part of the flavor profile of Chambourcin that I struggle to minimize in my winemaking. Anyway, it turns out, she can smell millipedes in a room.  Always has.  I know, I thoug