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No Pretense: Just Great Wine!


Our Winemaker

Joshua Maloney

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Joshua studied chemistry at Cornell, and during his final semester he took “Introduction to Wines”. During the lecture on Burgundy the class tasted several wines, including a 1959 Vosne Romanee. That’s when he had an epiphany; that wine moved him emotionally, similar to great music, art, or literature. "I thought that if wine could evoke this kind of response, then I want to be a part of this world and experience that again."

Maloney's first role in winemaking was at Heron Hill Winery, in the New York Finger Lakes, as the assistant winemaker. It was there that he learned most of the facets of wine production, from cleaning tanks, filling barrels, to running presses, and even packing bottles on the bottling line. "I was also doing lab work, designing blends, working in the tasting room and working with the sales people in the market place. In other words, I learned a little bit of how to do everything."

Maloney has overseen more than a dozen wines in the Pacific NW Bronco portfolio since spring of 2017, but prior to that he was Director of Winemaking at the custom crush facility where the Gravel Bar label was launched, where he helped put together the original blends. (He also spent years in charge of Washington behemoth Chateau Ste. Michelle’s red wines.)

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"Right around the end of my first year in winemaking I started thinking more seriously about my career. I knew that I wanted to eventually have my own winery, but at the time I didn't know enough about winemaking to make a wine I could truly be proud of. I also knew that the best place for me to gain the right winemaking experience was on the west coast."

Joshua now oversees the production at PINO Cellars, working with Bronco Wine Company to create premium wines with no pretense; Just great wine!

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