Wine maker returning home for wine tasting
By Mitchell Kirk –
9/14/19 2:00 AM
A Greenfield native whose wines are sold across the globe will return to his roots later this month for a wine tasting event.
Christopher Keller will be at Bradley Hall in downtown Greenfield on Sept. 27 to talk about his Emanuel Tres wines, which he makes in Santa Barbara County, California. His wines are sold throughout the United States and Japan.
Keller grew up outside Greenfield and graduated from New Palestine High School before getting into screenwriting, which took him to New York and his current hometown of Los Angeles.
As a writer, he also worked in restaurants, which caused him to gravitate toward food and wine. He decided to take the dive into wine-making in 1996 and hasn’t stopped since.
“It’s an enjoyable enterprise,” Keller said. “I’m constantly looking for inspiration, trying new things. It’s allowed me to travel the world.”
He gets his inspiration from what he described as an innate ability to tell whether more or less of certain ingredients are needed as he’s making a wine.
“It’s almost as if they speak to you,” he said.
Keller compared making wine to cooking, another activity he enjoys.
“You take a raw ingredient and make it into something else,” he said. “It’s something to marvel at, that it can work out that way.”
Keller named his business after his grandfather, uncle and brother — all of whom are named Emanuel.
He said while wine-making is a difficult and competitive business, he finds solace in the relationships he’s made throughout the world along the way.
“It just made me really connect with how much I really appreciate the people that I work with,” he said. “It’s beyond work; we’re connected in a lifestyle.”
If you go
WHAT: Emanuel Tres Wine Tasting
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27
WHERE: Bradley Hall, 2 W. Main St., Greenfield
TICKETS: $20, available at eventbrite.com and by searching for “Emanuel Tres”
Places to try emanuel tres wines small production wines include:
801 Chop House-Des Moines
AOC Winebar-West Hollywood
Bar Covell-Los Angeles
Baru 66-Des Moines
Black Market-Studio City
Bread Garden Market-Iowa City
Broadway by Amar Santana-Laguna Beach
Fairmont Hotel-Santa Monica
Faithful Pilot-Le Claire
Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden-Newport Beach
Father’s Office-Culver City
Flying Mango-Des Moines
Four Season’s Hotel-Westlake
Girl and the Goat-Chicago
Goosetown Café-Iowa City
Hilton Hotel-Des Moines
Hudson House-Manhattan Beach
Ingersoll Wines-Des Moines
Latin King-Des Moines
La Vecchia Cucina-Santa Monica
Lincoln Fine Wines-Venice Beach
Oak Restaurant-Laguna Beach
Oscar’s Cervateca-Venice Beach
The Morris-San Francisco
New Pioneer Co-op-Coralville
パティナステラ- Patina-Tokyo, Japan
Playa Provisions-Playa del Rey
Ray’s and Stark Bar-LACMA
ルイ・ヴィトン 日本橋髙島屋店 Takashimaya-Tokyo, Japan
Tar and Roses-Santa Monica
天文館カフェ-Tenmonken Cafe-Kagoshima, Japan
Tripel-Playa del Rey
Venice Beach Wines-Venice
Wine House-Los Angeles
Yokohama Athletic Club-Yokohama, Japan
Welcome to the emanuel tres website. Thanks for stopping by.
Here’s a few notes on who we are in the wine business.
emanuel tres wines are a part of the growing emergence of the “farm to table” movement in the culinary scene in the US and Japan. Chefs rely on the best farmers, butchers, and fisherman for the best product to create their works of art helping propel their establishments to local and worldwide recognition. Similarly, emanuel tres is taking the wine scene local in Southern California, moving in a direction that could be easily be described as “vine to table”. Sourcing fruit grown at the best vineyard sites for each microclimate and varietal creates an environment to make wines simply and with structural integrity.
emanuel tres is all about the simplicity of wine made naturally; sustainable fruit, native yeasts, fermenting in the super-clean environment of stainless steel at low temperatures, finally resting in dense neutral French oak barrels until blending and bottling.
The result is varietally and regionally specific wines that drink fresh and lively in their youth, but have great potential for aging.
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