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Field Trip: Winehaven at Outside Lands



August 25, 2009


qupe_200x250Bob Lindquist loves baseball, rock n’ roll, and wine. He’s been in the wine business since 1975 and a winemaker since 1982, when he founded Qupé in the Central Coast appellation of California. Bob’s main focus is Rhône varietals, produced using grapes from some of the best vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, most notably Bien Nacido Vineyard, which Bob founded with Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen (a JBF Award winner) and where Qupé is located. So, what does this prolific California winemaker think about music and wine? James Beard Foundation: Are there foods or flavors that inspire your winemaking style? Bob Lindquist: Our winery has grown parallel to the evolution of “California cuisine” and the search for fresh local ingredients and a simple but classic approach to flavor. JBF: How is winemaking similar to playing/creating music? What similarities do you see between musicians and winemakers? Musicians and chefs? BL: They are both creative pursuits that, for at least most of the time, don’t require sitting at a desk. JBF: What music pairs best with your wines? BL: Music with great balance and harmony like the Beach Boys. Read on to find out what Bob is looking forward to hearing at Outside Lands and what pairs with a foggy day in SF.