An Interview with Dan Goldfield

The winemaker behind Dutton Ranch


Dutton Goldfield is a well-known and well-respected partnership between long time Winemaker Dan Goldfield and long time grape farmers, the Dutton family. If you take the time to drive out and visit the Dutton Ranch, out past Grafton in Sonoma County’s just about the middle of nowhere region, you really get a sense of the commitment it takes to persevere at farming in such a remote, and until recently, relatively little known region. You’ll also get to see that the Dutton Ranch remains the family operation it has always been. On a good day, you might even get to meet all the generations of Dutton’s who make Dutton Ranch so special.

One of the people responsible for introducing Dutton Ranch to much of the world happens not to be a Dutton, but rather is their partner and winemaker Dan Goldfield. After a successful career as the winemaker for La Crema and Hartford Court, Dan followed his heart and partnered with his favorite grape growing family. I caught up with Dan recently at the this year’s Sonoma Wine Country weekend and asked him a few questions.

The Background

A little history about the winery and its story. Dan relays the story of the start and progress of Dutton Goldfield, the culmination of years of experience on the wine making side and decades of experience on the growers’ side.

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How to Taste Wine

Listen to Dan’s take on how to taste wines and get the lowdown on a new vineyard for Dutton Goldfield. The 2009 Fox Den Vineyard. Find out all the details about the karma of Fox Den and what this unique terroir expresses. Hear fascinating details about this small corner of Green Valley and the Dutton-Goldfield house style.

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Best Wine Memories

Hear about Dan’s best wine memories and some of his first experiences with wine. Learn about an old trick he used to examine wines at that early stage.

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Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Production

Taste along with Dan as he recounts the story of the Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard, which supplies Dutton Goldfield with one of their signature Chardonnay wines. Learn what Dan believes differentiates the great white wines from the very good, and how Pinot and Chardonnay production defers. Which one is more challenging?

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  • Any chance of getting a transcript of the videos?

    Nov 08, 2011 at 12:54 PM

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