For our next video installment from this summer's Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, where I joined thousands of winelovers and wine producers, I grabbed Michael McNeill, the director of Winemaking for Hanzell Vineyards and chatted with him for a bit.

In case you aren't familiar with Hanzell, it is a historic Sonoma property, founded in 1957 with a mission to produce exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Burgundian style. The vineyards were created out of oak forest on the Mayacamas mountains overlooking Sonoma, and were leased by the dynamic and visionary James David Zellerbach.

These were times when almost all wine was sold in jugs and was modestly sweet at a minimum, though there were a handful of producers playing the premium field.