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January 2005
Wente to the 5th Power
Fifth-generation winemaker Karl Wente leads Livermore Valley's winemaking legacy with 350,000 annual cases and a determination to prove that the region's grapes are on par
by Deborah Grossman
At 6'7" Karl Wente is accustomed to surveying the entire playing field. In high school he starred on the basketball team while slam-dunking five Advanced Placement classes. With an eye on his chemical engineering studies at Stanford, he played on the storied basketball team for two years and then joined the near-national championship rugby team. To better view the vinous landscape from grapevine to bottle, he earned both viticulture and enology graduate degrees at University of California, Davis...
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