I have some serious praise for Mr. Tom Tiburzi, the Domaine Chandon sparkling winemaker. He went above and beyond the call of duty. Indeed he responded to my unhappy post about an unpleasant experience some friends and I had at Domaine Chandon last month. He certainly didn’t have to do that… but there was something about hiscommunication, a connection, or something that was not coated with an obligatory-fixing-a-problem-ness, that changed me and my experience at Domaine Chandon, therefore, was changed. Maybe he was just doing his job (it sure didn’t feel like that); but when anyone can do their job extremely well, (he’s been at Domaine Chandon 20 years) and still have enough passion, knowledge and care for sharing and inspiring the people around him, that is above and beyond the call of duty and truly praise worthy. Any opportunity you find to attend a winemaker dinner, a talk or tour with this man will be memorable, and prescious time well spent.
I could tell you about the excitement he has about the chemistry and psychology of taste; or the joy he takes in challenging people’s concept of romance. I could recount his fascinating stories about studying winemaking with other world reknown winemakers before he achieved his current position, or his bent for experimental, progressive, and better wine making practices. And I could tell you about his big picture prespective within the company where he works (Domaine Chandon is owned by Louis-Vuitton Moet Hennessey) and the projects and collaborations he gets to work on (DKNY, an anniversary blend, the White House, green sparkling wine for St. Patricks Day)…or you could create your own opportunity to enjoy one of the most hospitable, dynamic, passionate and approachable winemakers in the Napa Valley.