Each week, as regular readers know, Terroirist poses questions to a winemaker. This week we a featuring Dan Petroski, Associate Winemaker at Larkmead making rich, finesse-driven reds. Dan also has his own project, Massican, where he churns out small batches of Friulian-style whites based on Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Chardonny, and Sauvignon Blanc. Both are from the great valley of Napa.
Born and raised a New Yorker, Dan moved to Italy in 2005 after nine years working in magazine publishing at Time Inc. While there, he lived in Catania, Sicily for one year working with the family that owns Valle dell’Acate.
In 2006, Dan came back to the States to find a job in wine sales and marketing in New York. Nothing was available; so he continued his wine apprecenticeship with Andy Smith at DuMOL who asked Dan to come on board full-time at Larkmead in late 2006. Dan has been working in the cellar at Larkmead ever since, and launched Massican with the 2009 vintage with the desire to make spirited white wines that reminded him of his time in Italy. Click here to read the full interview.