Trevor S. Chlanda
Our winemaker Trevor's journey into wine began in a wine tasting and pairing class at Cornell University in the Autumn of 2002. Lucky for him and his palate, it was the semester some truly amazing wines were sampled: 1952 Chateau Margaux, 1989 Albert Morot Beaune-Bressandes, 1995 Pol Roger Champagne, 1989 JJ Prum Bernkastler Badstube Auslese and the 2000 Hermann Wiemer Riesling. These old world examples shaped his idea of what truly great wines should be- full flavored yet elegant, distinct, and most of all, crafted with a deft touch.
Armed with a BS in Plant Science, a passion for great wines and an inability to wait for harvest in the United States to begin, he embarked to New Zealand to craft wines for Delegat's (Oyster Bay Wines). This first vintage was eye-opening- 14,000 tonnes of fruit!
For five months he crushed, inoculated, punched down, pumped over and barreled down lot after lot of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. While employed at Delegat's he accepted a position as a harvest intern at Williams Selyem Winery.
If Delegat's was his first training, Williams Selyem quickly became his graduate school in premium winemaking. Working with 32 different vineyards and vineyard managers in 5 different appellations, over 100 small lots of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay, and a nod to traditional winemaking methods, he was thrust headlong into a world class education on the burgundy varietals and their production. Following the initial vintage, his performance earned him a fulltime position on the winemaking staff, moving first to Cellarmaster, followed by a promotion to Assistant Winemaker.
Under the direction of Executive Wine Maker Bob Cabral, Trevor and the other members of the winemaking team were responsible for over fifty wines scoring 90+ points in various wine magazines during his five year tenure; their crowning achievement being a perfect 100 point score for the 2007 Litton Estate Pinot Noir (Wine Enthusiast).
While crafting 30 or so tremendous single vineyard and blended Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandels, the small lot programs (200 cases or less) of the 2009 and 2011 Late Harvest Gewurztraminers as well as the 2008 and 2010 Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs were directly overseen by Trevor's keen eye.
Trevor's background of producing exemplary wines of impeccable quality continues on with the formation of J Stephen Wine. Acting as shepherd to grapes of exceptional quality, he strives to produce wines that will impress with their fruit and structure, and allude to the classic wines of the old world.