One sip of a wine made by Christine Marchi, and thereâ€™s no doubt this winemaker has an intuitive understanding of coastal vineyards and an uncanny ability for sensory evaluation and blending. Itâ€™s also clear she considers the food and wine experience every step of the way in the cellar.
As the winemaker behind Cloudfall in Monterey County and Sonoma-based Pacific Heights, Christine selects grapes from Californiaâ€™s coveted coastal sites to create exceedingly foodfriendly winesâ€”wines that convey the unmistakable acidity and crisp flavor of cool-climate fruit.
A somewhat circuitous route landed Christine in the world of wine. While earning her bachelorâ€™s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California at Davis, an introductory winemaking course forever changed the trajectory of her career. She has circled the globeâ€”working harvests at Kendall-Jackson in Sonoma, Rutherford Hill in Napa, Cumulus in Australia, Ledson in Sonoma, Villa Maria in New Zealand and Beringer in Napaâ€”before settling at Trinchero Family Estates. After honing her skills at the familyâ€™s St. Helena winery for four years, Christine was given the opportunity of a lifetime to explore her passion for coastal vineyards with Cloudfall and Pacific Heights.
â€śIâ€™m always thinking about how I can bring flavor, mouthfeel and acidity together in a way that expresses a pure sense of place,â€ť explains Christine. â€śTo me, a balanced wine is one that works in concert with food. An interesting wine is one that interprets the land in a meaningful way.â€ť
Somehow, Christine delivers both in every bottle of wine she crafts.