Juan Micieli-Martinez

Juan Micieli-Martinez Winemaker

Juan Eduardo Micieli-Martinez is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton with a B.S. in Psychobiology. He discovered wine during his junior year at Binghamton when a housemate began purchasing and tasting wines. He joined him after briefly making fun of his new “fancy endeavor”. Upon tasting, he quickly recognized that there existed differences from one wine to the next. He wanted to understand, why these differences existed.

In order to learn more about the differences he took a job at Pellegrini Vineyards as a tasting room associate. This endeavor into wine was to be his last summer job before starting his winemaking career.

While at Pellegrini he began doing pre-harvest analysis, which at times included gathering samples in the vineyard. On a dewy morning in September walking through the vineyards at Pellegrini, he said to himself “I can imagine doing this for a career.” Seventeen vintages later he is still working that “last summer job” and still has not quite figured out why all flavor differences in wine exist. He has some hunches…but hopes it will always remain a mystery.

What are the unique characteristics of your winemaking style?
The unique part of my style is that there is no telling what I may produce from year to year. I may produce a new blend, perhaps a previously untried style for myself? My winemaking style evolves annually and sometimes daily much like life itself.

Describe the relationship between the Long Island wine community and the agriculture, aquaculture and overall East End culinary culture.
There is a completely synergistic relationship between all that is produced on the East End. All agricultural commodities on the East End share the same terroir! If it grows together, it goes together!

What foods are paired best with the wines of Long Island?
Yikes, tough question…we have so many amazing foods here on the East End. Some personal favorites include locally raised scallops, oysters, poultry, and cheeses.

What Long Island wine would you recommend to someone just discovering the region?
If you are a white wine drinker I would certainly recommend one of Martha Clara’s dynamite Sauvignon Blancs and for the red wine drinkers there are so many wonderful merlots available as well. Let us not forget the pink! There is an abundance of dynamite rose’s in the summer months.

What are your passions outside of wine?
Spending time with family is first on the list, but after that I do have a passion for golf. I strive to be a better golfer than winemaker one day, but for now my abilities in the cellar out weigh my abilities on the fairway! I also have a love of art, dining, cooking, music, travel, Public Broadcasting System(PBS), and Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB).

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