September 29, 2017
After earning a marine biology degree at the University of Puget Sound, the 38-year-old took a different path to winemaking.
DAVID ROSENTHAL never imagined winemaking as a profession, certainly not while he was earning a degree in marine biology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Now, as the white-winemaker for Washington behemoth Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, he’s in charge of more than 3 million cases of wine.
After graduation in 2001, Rosenthal was waiting tables in his hometown of Denver as he tried to launch his career, perhaps as an environmental consultant. A friend working at Napa Valley’s Opus One called out of the blue and said wineries in the heart of America’s wine industry needed harvest help, and someone with Rosenthal’s background in science could catch on quickly. When he landed a job at famed Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, Calif., Rosenthal packed up his car, and his father drove while he studied books on winemaking basics…Read the entire article written by Andy Perdue at Great Northwest Wine on The Seattle Times
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