Family connection and organic growing at Retzlaff Vineyards
By Nikki Goddard
I’m a wine professional. I spend my days tasting, evaluating, discussing, and writing about wine in an office in San Francisco. When I go out on winery visits, I expect to learn about various technical aspects of viticulture and winemaking, as well as how the people involved bring their passions and talents into their work.
Accordingly, I arrived at Retzlaff Vineyards prepared to inquire about the challenges of organic grape growing unique to Livermore Valley and the importance of organic certification to consumers. I was prepared to write a straightforward winery profile, but was caught off guard during the experience. The first surprise was meeting a family whose abundance of love and admiration for one another stayed with me long after the visit. Even more unexpected was the lingering fascination I experienced with one family member I did not have the pleasure of meeting.
Gloria Retzlaff Taylor passed away 10 years ago, but her presence can still be felt in every corner of the winery that bears her maiden name…
Source: Edible East May 14, 2019 . Edible East Bay is a quarterly magazine that celebrates the abundant local foods of Alameda and Contra Costa counties (or the EastBay, as it’s called in the San Francisco Bay Area).