This is a post about one of our newest winemakers. Angels have gotten a sneak peek of his wines on the site, and he just made a big splash on the first ever US tour. It’s time we tell you a little bit more about him.
Daryl made Grange, Australia’s most collectible wine.
First off, this guy is famous. You don’t have to believe me. He has been chosen as winemaker of the year by eight different publications. And everybody in the wine world has nice things to say about him:
“Groom made Penfolds’ flagship red, Grange Hermitage, which has become Australia’s most collectible wine.” – The Wine Spectator
“Groom is my choice for Winemaker of the Year” – LA Times, Dan Berger
“Groomed for success.” Jim Laube, Laube on Wine
“Daryl Groom. The human Tornado.” – Bill Rice, Chicago Tribune
“If the bottle says ‘Groom’ on it, buy it! It’ll be top quality Australian or top quality Californian in any case.” – Bob Cramer, The Fearless Taster
It was hard to pick which quotes to include… there are sooo many of them. But the truth is that the man behind Grange is much more than a PR-magnet. He’s more than a successful talented winemaker.
Daryl is a genuinely lovely person.
I just got to spend a lot of time with Daryl on the first ever US winemaker tour. And he’s is really a delight. Always has a huge smile. He’s a great talker but an even better listener. He’s just awesome.
He’s worked on a lot of projects other than Grange (Geyser Peak, Colby Red, and many more) and they’re all delicious. Have you heard of Colby Red?
Colby Groom is a brave little boy and you have to watch the video above to hear the story of his survival. After two open heart surgeries as an 8 year old, Colby wanted to make a wine with his dad that would raise $500,000 to support heart research.
It’s just impossible to dislike Daryl or anybody in his beautiful family.
Daryl makes friends everywhere he goes and he loves his Angels.
Daryl’s offering a free sample of his Russian River Pinot Noir to any Angel who orders an eligible case this month.
This month, any Angel who orders an eligible case is entitled to a free sample of Russian River Pinot made by Daryl himself. It’s not Grange. But it’s delicious. And you helped him make it. Think about that while you taste it and it might be even better than Grange.