Kelly J. Hayes: WineInk
Sunday, June 20, 2010
That comment from Jay Schuppert, president of Cuvaison Estate Winery, best sums up a valuable life lesson he learned as a young man. Schuppert has, in the last three-plus decades, followed his passions through a career that has taken him from the Crystal Palace's kitchen sink to the helm of one of Napa Valley's most respected wine estates.
This past weekend he returned to the roots of his career, pouring Cuvaison's wines in the tent at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. He is a frequent visitor and remains fast friends with many locals he met during a 12-year stint in Aspen's restaurant community.
Jay's journey in the wine world began in 1972 when he came to Aspen, fresh from college graduation. There were no stoplights from Independence Pass to Glenwood Springs at the time, and the living was easy. Provided you could make a living.
Mead Metcalf gave him a job washing dishes at the then-thriving Crystal Palace restaurant and dinner theater. In four short years he ...Read more here ...