Exploring Klinker Brick Winery
Host: Julie Handle
Great wine begins with a suitable climate and soil, both of which are found in Lodi CA. Sandy Loam soil coupled with the hot, cold exchange that graces Lodi from day to night creates a utopic environment to cultivate warm-weather varietals including Zinfandel, Cabernet and Syrah.
The Felten Family own and manage fifteen individual vineyard blocks of “Old Vine” Zinfandel that range in age from 40 to 120 years old.
The Feltens and Klinker Brick have one goal…produce world-class wine.
Julie Handel, a native of Lodi, California found her love of all things food and wine while in college, catering events in California’s wine country. After college, she worked in distributor wine sales in San Francisco before moving to Boston to continue what is now 20 years in the wine industry, directing the sales and distribution of such brands as Kendall-Jackson Estates, Robert Mondavi Winery, Ruffino Tuscan Estates, Kim Crawford and The Prisoner Wine Company throughout the Northeast. Her passion is both learning and teaching others about wine. As such, she began a 5 year certification process with the London based Wine & Spirts Education Trust, the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education. Julie currently holds her Advanced Certification and is in her final exams for her Level 4, WSET Diploma. She recently headed back to her roots and love for Lodi wine country and is currently the Northeast Regional Sales Director for Klinker Brick Winery. She resides in the South Shore of Massachusetts with her 8 year old twins.