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Senior Winemaker

Phone: (707) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  California , United States
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...   more

Employment History


  • degree , viticulture.Â
    University of California , Davis
  • degree , viticulture
    University of California , Davis
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The SIMI 2011 Dry Creek Valley ..., 15 July 2014 [cached]
The SIMI 2011 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is a wine Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaker Operations at SIMI Winery, takes a lot of pride in making. Not only is Zinfandel her favorite varietal, but she has known the growers of the fruit for 20 years and had the pleasure of working with them to craft beautiful wines, starting in the vineyard.
Made in Sonoma County » General [cached]
All and all stellar vintage� - Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery
Made in Sonoma County » Wine [cached]
All and all stellar vintage� - Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery
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
SONOMA COUNTY COMPLETES PHENOMENAL 2013 HARVEST | The Sonoma County Vintners Blog, 15 Nov 2013 [cached]
All and all stellar vintage" - Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery
Shouldn't it be as delicious as ... [cached]
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.
"Lighter bodied reds including Pinot, Zinfandels, and Port wines show (AKA taste) better with a slight chill around 57 to 61°F," says Lueker.
Sometimes this can kill a fragile older wine," says Lueker.
"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.
It's disappointing not to drink a wine when it's showing its best," says Lueker.
Lueker isn't playing around: "If you're drinking wine from stemware, make sure you use the stem!
"It's fully American-a combo of merit and heritage-so it's not meant to be pronounced with a French accent," says Lueker.
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