Ep 6: A Conversation with Brian Croser
Brian Croser is a famed Australian viticulturalist and winemaker who founded Petaluma Wines in 1976, an award-winning winery in the Adelaide Hills. In 1986, Brian was drawn to Oregon to create, with Rollin Soles, sparkling wine titan Argyle Winery. They quickly teamed up with Cal Knudsen, engaging Knudsen Vineyards as Argyle’s founding fruit source. Cal later became a partial owner and Chairman of Argyle. Brian is currently the owner and winemaker at Tapanappa in Australia, a family-owned winery in the Adelaide Hills. For many years, Brian and Tapanappa were partners with the Bollinger family of Champagne and the Cazes family of Lynch Bages in Bordeaux’s Pauillac commune, friendly relationships that continue to this day. Brian joins us live from Australia to share stories about Cal Knudsen and the early days of Oregon’s sparkling wine story.