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April / May 2018

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{ } 43 Winemaker/Entrepreneur Charles Bieler at Charlie Bird in New York City. A Slalom Toward CHARLES BIELER'S PATH TO BIELER PÈRE ET FILS by Vicki Denig / photos by Tim Murray From left to right: Bieler Père et Fils 2016 "La Jassine" Côtes du Rhône Villages, Père et Fils 2017 Sabine Rosé, Charles & Charles 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, and Charles and Charles 2017 Rosé. WHAT DO PROVENCAL ROSÉ, studies in environmental policy, skiing down the snow-topped mountains of Colorado, and a bright-pink Cadillac all have in common? Two words: Charles Bieler. Born in England, raised across Europe, Montreal, and Vermont, and finally settled—if one could even call it that—in New York City, the constantly- on-the-move Bieler is a serious force to be reckoned with. In fact, it's harder to find a facet of the industry Bieler hasn't influenced with his grape-stained touch. The SOMM Journal sat down with the successful winemaker/entrepreneur for lunch at New York's Charlie Bird in early March, where we barely scratched the surface of his successful projects while briefly touching on what he has coming down the pipeline. Born to a Swiss father and American mother, Bieler's transatlantic upbringing foreshadowed his worldly success. A deep love for skiing led him to the Uni - versity of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied environmental policy and spent his free time on the mountain. During his senior year, however, Bieler Success

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