"Toquade" is the French word for "craze" or "infatuation." I chose "Toquade" as the name of my wine because I have had a passion for Sauvignon blanc for many years. "Toquade" is also the story of my winemaking life, which began in 1991 in my hometown, Bordeaux. At that time, I was a doctoral student at Bordeaux Institute of Enology, and was making wine at Château Carbonnieux and La Louvière in Pessac-Léognan. For the next five years, I worked with people in Bordeaux who were passionate about Sauvignon Blanc. From them, I learned how to taste Sauvignon Blanc grapes as they ripen to determine when to harvest the grapes to maximize the aroma and flavor of the wine.
In 1996, graduated with a Ph.D in Enology and Viticulture, I came to California, where I did winemaking and viticulture research at Robert Mondavi, Gallo, and Trinchero wineries. During these years I learned to apply the winemaking training I received in France to the grapes of California.
"Toquade" is the result of what I learned about bringing the flavors inherent in the grape to the wine in the glass during my 15 years of experimentation and winemaking in France and California.