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Piedmont Restaurant with Crocker & Starr

Crocker & Starr

http://www.crockerstarr.com/assets/client/Image/nonvintage/current-release-sauv-nonvintage.jpgPam Starr, one of Frankie Lemmon’s biggest cheerleaders, has been the co-owner, manager and winemaker of Crocker & Starr since its inception in 1997 when she helped resurrect the vineyards on the Crocker Estate in St. Helena and established a winery to create world-class wines. After toiling as a winery employee for 18 years, Pam’s transformation at a relatively young age into owner, manager and winemaker was unique and remarkable. It required a special mix of skill, passion and dedication. All of which describe Pam Starr.

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/1f/cb/0f/1fcb0f688efa4f6916e20001fa2c95e9.jpgPam Starr’s love affair with winemaking began as a harvest intern for Sonoma Cutrer in Sonoma after graduating from the University of California at Davis in 1984 with a degree in Fermentation Science. Headed down a different path, the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon who was planning to go to dental school quickly switched gears. Attracted by the fast pace, the pleasures of working the land and the wine itself, Pam knew she’d found her calling. “I was simply smitten – the way one is when falling madly in love. Winemaking is mysterious, it’s sexy, it’s magical.” And it’s been her life since.

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/90/c8/06/90c8063d9d6c2839b2adbef61de5e6a7.jpgAfter the internship, Pam worked for Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo stacking barrels for a season. Her dream of becoming a winemaker began to take shape. For the next six years she was an enologist and assistant winemaker for Carmenet Winery in Sonoma, a job that taught her how to run a winery from cellar to bottle. In 1991, she became the winemaker for Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley where she worked until she and Charlie Crocker established Crocker & Starr and she built the foundation of the business. At the same time Crocker & Starr opened its doors, Pam began wine consulting for Adastra Vineyard in the Carneros, Gemstone Vineyard in Yountville and Garric Cellars of Calistoga, among others.

Passionate about translating terroir into wine, Pam is known for her distinctive Bordeaux-style blends that express a deep sense of place. For this enthusiastic and inspired winemaker who views her job as translating soil into wine, great wine must taste of the sun, of the earth it comes from and of the place it grows.

Pam Starr is a member of the Napa Valley Vintners, Appellation St. Helena, American Society of Enology and Viticulture, Concierge Alliance Napa Valley and Wine Entre Femme, an international consortium of women winemakers. She is married, lives in Napa and embraces mountain biking, scuba diving, water skiing, sailing, gardening and motorcycling wine roads with her husband, Norm. Pam’s dog Griffin, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, is her loyal vineyard companion.

www.crockerstarr.com

 

Piedmont Restaurant

https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s640x640/sh0.08/e35/14723516_1091285460979025_6931120486009012224_n.jpg?ig_cache_key=MTM3NDE4MTkwOTA4MDM3Njc5Mg%3D%3D.2Piedmont Restaurant has cultivated a loyal following by creating an adventurous, seasonal dining experience in the heart of downtown Durham. We shine a light on foods harvested and raised in North Carolina, including from our sister farm in Hillsborough, Coon Rock Farm. Chef John May’s inspired cuisine showcases local ingredients in classic Southern dishes, reimagined with an inventive spirit. Our regionally focused craft cocktail program, North Carolina craft beers, and extensive and award-winning wine list designed by Crawford Leavoy complete our modern farm-to-table experience.

Chef John MayChef John May joined Piedmont in August 2016 after two and a half years cooking alongside Chef Vivian Howard at her award-winning Chef & The Farmer in Kinston, NC. Guests may recognize May from the open kitchen where he was featured on several episodes of “A Chef’s Life.” A Durham native, May returned home to share his cooking – steeped in the South and its foodways and traditions – with his community at Piedmont, the ultimate destination for his NC-centered. A former United States Marine, May also studied at The Art Institute in Durham, cooked at the Weathervane at Southern Season, and at The Boot. Executive Chef John May brings a passion for storytelling through his food which resonates at Piedmont where delicious food and responsible sources are paramount.

www.piedmontrestaurant.com

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