The Tasting Panel magazine

January 2016

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86  /  the tasting panel  /  january-february 2016 Long Live Levendi WINERIES T o tell the story of Levendi Winery is to go back in time while looking confidently toward the future. Napa Valley's Levendi has racked up an impressive array of awards for such a young winery: The 2013 Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon took home a Silver, the 2010 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon earned a Silver and the 2008 Stagecoach Syrah was awarded a Double Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with co-founder David Gianulias and The Director of Levendi Winery Justin MColgan, who were friends and partners in a previous venture together, as well as both having experience in the entertainment industry. The Levendi Room at Antonello Ristorante & Enoteca Lounge is situated in the upscale South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana, California. What a fitting pairing, as the staple Italian restaurant is home to a wall packed with a dozen AAA Four Diamond awards. Here we are in the gorgeous Levendi Room. What is the story here? David Gianulias: We built this tasting room more than a decade ago in what was then only an attic. Our longtime family friend Antonio Cagnolo owns the restaurant. Justin McColgan (pops open a bottle of the 2012 Symphonia Cabernet Sauvignon): This came out of the bottle fabulous; it's a symphony of a couple of vineyards . . . DG: . . . an orchestrated blend of Cabernets. JM: Levendi is not willing to let anything be released unless it's truly excellent quality. That's what drew me here; they have really high standards. Levendi Director of Winery Justin MColgan with co- founder David Gianulias in the Levendi Room at Antonello Ristorante & Enoteca Lounge in Santa Ana, California. FAMILY COMPANY LEVENDI WINERY REDEFINES LEGACY by Becky Tsadik / photos by Margaret Soss

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