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AMI Radio Station Interview with Seth Cripe


Winemaker, Entrepreneur and Anna Island native, Seth Cripe, recently spoke with Anna Maria Island Radio AM 1700 about his passion for creating the next generation of American wine. 

Listen to the full interview here to find out Seth’s path from a self-taught wine enthusiast at an early age to a well traveled and learned winemaker after spent his 20s at some of the most renowned wineries in the world. Now the proud owner of LOLA Wines, Seth is more passionate and enthusiastic than ever about the wine business and creating the next generations of great Californian wines.

Seth Cripe LOLA Wines Winemaker


At 34, Seth Cripe has spent more years around wine than you’d think.

The owner-winemaker of LOLA Wines, which he founded in 2008, moved to Napa Valley right after he dropped out of high school. He said that although he wouldn’t recommend that exact career path, he was so fortunate to work for Swanson and Caymus.

His stint at Caymus Vineyards lasted a dozen years, and in the end, he was running the vineyards there. When Caymus was developing its Belle Glos project, he, as the only available young and single person, was sent off to France for four or five months a year to learn what he could.

All that experience plays into the wines he makes at LOLA — right now just 5,000 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and dry Riesling. He farms most of the grapes, which come from western Sonoma Coast and the Russian River Valley, but still lives in Napa Valley.

Here’s what he’s drinking now:

“I’ve been liking a new Napa Valley wine called Carne Humana, named for the mid-1880s Mexican land grant that ran from Rutherford and St. Helena north to Calistoga and which has some of the oldest vines in Napa Valley.

“The 2010 is their first vintage. This wine is a blend of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel with a little Syrah and Charbono. It’s got those big and rich flavors of really extracted Napa Valley wine, but because it’s old vines, it has those bright, dark berry flavors along with a good acid structure.

“That, to me, is a rare quality in Napa Valley and California reds. It’s a cool, refreshing style of wine for the valley.”

– By S. Irene Virbila | May 25, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

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As soon as Seth Cripe gets his little processing shed up and running at Charlie’s Fish Camp at the end of 125th Street, he plans to export an ambitious 2,000 pounds of authentic, perfect bottarga. By March 2012, the precious 2.5- to 3-ounce portions with a long shelf life and a value higher than lobster or crab, will satisfy wholesale and retail purveyors such as, which already sells out of every shipment. The “broad scheme,” according to Cripe and Chiles, is to expand into other products that will establish Cortez Village as the world epicenter of high-end delicacies of the sea. – By Edible Sarasota | January 31, 2013 | Article