Adam & Dianna Bio
With Dianna working in the Epicure Department and Adam working in the Wine Department at Neiman Marcus it was inevitable that they would meet. As fate would have it, they started dating and eventually fell in love. They also drank a lot of great wine together in the meantime as Neiman Marcus held tastings with wine luminaries such as Michel Chapoutier and Claude Taittinger. After visiting the California wine country together they fell in love with the area and, eventually, they decided to move to California to truly immerse themselves in the wine business. They ended up working together at a small winery in the Dry Creek Valley.
Along the way, Dianna and Adam decided that they would like to try producing a small amount of wine. They had $24,000 between the two of them to invest in the project (actually Dianna had $21,000 and Adam had $3,000). Pinot Noir was their favorite wine so they figured that’s what they should make (they were particularly fond of the wines being produced by Tom Rochioli and by Williams Selyem winery). Thus they started on a search for grapes. An advertisement in a trade publication led them to a vineyard in Anderson Valley. There they agreed to purchase one acre’s worth of grapes. They chose to purchase the grapes by the acre rather than by the ton and work the vineyard themselves as they had come to believe that the world’s greatest wines were produced from low yielding vines. They dramatically reduced the crop load on their one-acre and made the wine as naturally as possible, using indigenous yeasts and indigenous malolactic fermentation. They purchased the finest French oak barrels and hoped for the best. Less than a month before harvest they became engaged and in early October they made their first wine – a grand total of 107 cases.
One evening, after a few glasses of wine, they heard that famed wine writer Robert Parker was staying at the Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley. Emboldened by the wine they pulled a sample of their first wine and left it with the concierge for Mr. Parker. This wine ultimately received a 90-point rating in the Wine Advocate. Their winery, Siduri Wines, took off from there.
Dianna and Adam married on March 25, 1995. They have three children, Christian, Amber and Truett.
They continue to make every wine together.
Siduri is named for the Babylonian Goddess of wine, who, in Babylonian mythology, held the wine of eternal life. Siduri is also the realization of a dream we have shared since we met 15 years ago, in our native Texas, and realized our mutual love of Pinot Noir.
Buoyed by the belief that we could become winemakers and make our own Pinot Noir, we left our families and jobs in Texas and moved to California’s Sonoma wine country. We spent several years working at small, family owned wineries, using any and all free time to learn everything we could about growing grapes and making wine. In 1994 we launched Siduri Wines with our first release, which was met with great critical success and led us to search for additional high quality Pinot Noir grapes.
Today, Siduri produces single vineyard Pinot Noir from 20 different vineyards stretching from Santa Barbara north to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We have been fortunate enough to establish relationships with top tier growers/vineyards including: Pisoni, Van der Kamp and Clos Pepe . All of our Pinot Noir is produced unfiltered and unfined in an effort to maximize the expression of these very diverse sites. Siduri is unique in the breadth and depth of our single varietal focus.
For us, the beauty of making our own wines is the total freedom to do it our way, without compromise. Although it is necessary to be able to adapt to new circumstances with each and every vintage, we have found that these principles hold true year after year.
- We believe that great wine is made in the vineyard. Only with great grapes can we produce great wines. To this end, we purchase the majority of our fruit by the acre rather than by the ton.
- We believe in minimal intervention winemaking that promotes, rather than overshadows the work we do in the vineyard.
- Most importantly, we believe that wine should be a pleasure to drink. If you don’t like the way a wine tastes, what’s the point? Siduri Pinot Noirs are made to be enjoyed with good friends and good food.