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Legends Behind the Craft

Nov 16, 2023

Nathan Carlson, Winemaker and General Manager at Center of Effort Wines blends a family farming background with a passion for winemaking. From Sta. Rita Hills to Napa Valley, his career reflects a commitment to sustainability. Joining COE in 2010, Nathan oversees production, emphasizing site-specific techniques and cohesive teamwork. His influence extends beyond COE, with a role in industry research and global winemaking connections. In the heart of California wine country, Nathan Carlson shapes the legacy of Center of Effort Wines.


Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Nathan discusses the beginnings of his career in Edna Valley

  • A glimpse on Center of Effort as an all-estate winery, emphasizing control over farming practices and winemaking on the property

  • The rich history of the Edna Valley, with a specific focus on Center of Effort's vineyards, some of the oldest in the area dating back to the late '90s

  • The importance of sustainability at Center of Effort, highlighting its role as the first SIP-Certified custom crush facility

  • Exciting sustainability initiatives, including the use of biodegradable stretch film and efforts to reduce plastic waste in winemaking

  • The amazing venture into kegging wines for restaurant partnerships

  • Center of Effort's winemaking style, and the challenges it faced in pursuing organic practices in Edna Valley

  • Take a closer look at their winemaking process focusing on light intervention and the use of native yeast in a custom crush facility

  • An in-depth view of the barrel selection process at Center of Effort, including experimentation with Acacia barrels and their impact on wine production

  • Nathan reflects on the delicate balance between his roles as General Manager and Winemaker at Center of Effort Wines


In this episode with Nathan Carlson

Join Nathan Carlson of Center of Effort Wines, as he uncorks the story of their all-estate winery in Edna Valley. Delve into the challenges and triumphs of organic viticulture, sustainable practices, and innovations like biodegradable stretch film and innovative packaging ventures.

In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Nathan Carlson, Winemaker and General Manager at Center of Effort Wines. Explore the craftsmanship behind cellar-worthy GSM wines and the art of using native yeast in a custom crush facility. Nathan also shares insights into barrel selection, including experiments with Acacia barrels. Learn about the balance between the roles of GM and Winemaker in this vintage journey through Center of Effort Wines.


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