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Susan L. Lueker

Associate Winemaker

Icon Estates

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Icon Estates

801 Main Street

St. Helena, California 94574

United States

Company Description

Icon Estates is the fine wine division of Constellation Wines U.S. The Icon Estate portfolio includes Franciscan Oakville Estate, Mount Veeder Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Simi Winery, Estancia Estates wineries in California; Columbia Winery in Washingt ... more

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Employment History

Director of Winemaking

Simi Winery

Director, Winemaking

Constellation Brands , Inc.

Senior Winemaker

Constelltion Wines US

Education

degree

viticulture

University of California , Davis

degree

viticulture.Â

University of California , Davis

second degree

enology

University of California-Davis

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Our Winemakers - Simi Winery

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Susan Lueker

Director of Winemaking
Susan Lueker, who as a young girl made dandelion wine with her father on the family farm, says she always wanted to be a scientist.
At the University of Missouri she studied chemistry and medical child development then went to graduate school. Partway through, she transferred to the University of California, Davis to pursue a degree in viticulture.
When her enology class visited vineyards for the first time, she knew she wanted to be a winemaker.
She started her career at Hacienda Winery, took the experience she gained there to Kendall-Jackson and then went to Dry Creek Vineyard where she worked for eight years. Susan joined Simi in 2000.
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In her new position, Lisa works alongside Director of Winemaking, Susan Lueker, and the SIMI winemaking team.


Shouldn't it be as delicious as ...

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Shouldn't it be as delicious as possible?) We chatted with Susan Lueker, director of winemaking at Simi Winery, to get the deets on all the ways you're probably doing this whole wine thing wrong. (Though really, no judgment. I mean, I pair mine with french fries.)

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Stop Serving Your White Wine So Damn Cold
"Over-chilling whites is the mistake I come across most often," says Lueker.
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"Lighter bodied reds including Pinot, Zinfandels, and Port wines show (AKA taste) better with a slight chill around 57 to 61°F," says Lueker.
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Sometimes this can kill a fragile older wine," says Lueker.
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"Letting all wines breathe just a bit after opening will help them show their best," says Lueker. "One thing I learned from a master of wine is that white wines can really benefit from breathing. Experiment with it and see what happens. ​"
You Don't Need to Rinse Your Wine Glass if Switching from White to Red or Vice Versa
"Rinsing the glass with water will dilute the wine, which will impact the flavor in a negative way-much more than few drops of wine would," says Lueker.
Don't Try to Be Fancy When Describing Your Wine
"Wines are like people and can be described the same way you describe your friends," says Lueker.
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It's disappointing not to drink a wine when it's showing its best," says Lueker.
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Lueker isn't playing around: "If you're drinking wine from stemware, make sure you use the stem!
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"It's fully American-a combo of merit and heritage-so it's not meant to be pronounced with a French accent," says Lueker.


Made in Sonoma County » Wine

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All and all stellar vintage� - Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery

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Our tank space is tight, our white barrels are almost filled. We are about 75% in and wishing we were further. This is when the carb loading pays off. We’re heading towards the finish line and hoping our experience and planning are paying off. We have all of our whites and Pinot Noir in and they are showing so well, it makes you proud to taste the delicacy and vibrancy they are showing so early. The Sauvignon Blancs are finishing and showing great concentration and edginess of young wines. Bordeaux varietals are still hanging out there becoming perfectly ripened in this glorious fall weather, promising great flavors in the field.� - Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery


Made in Sonoma County » Consumer News

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All and all stellar vintage� - Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery

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Our tank space is tight, our white barrels are almost filled. We are about 75% in and wishing we were further. This is when the carb loading pays off. We’re heading towards the finish line and hoping our experience and planning are paying off. We have all of our whites and Pinot Noir in and they are showing so well, it makes you proud to taste the delicacy and vibrancy they are showing so early. The Sauvignon Blancs are finishing and showing great concentration and edginess of young wines. Bordeaux varietals are still hanging out there becoming perfectly ripened in this glorious fall weather, promising great flavors in the field.� - Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery


Made in Sonoma County » General

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All and all stellar vintage� - Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery

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