Christianson returned to Colorado in 2007. While coaching at Vail the following year, he met Jennifer, a fund raiser for the youth racing program. They shared a love of skiing, food, and wine. She is now his wife, business partner and “fellow grape slave,” and was largely responsible for a new brand, Anemoi (named after the Greek gods of wind). “It’s a total paradigm shift from what we’ve always done, which is to produce varietally focused, old world style wines,” Christianson says. “It uses newer techniques and is more creative and youthful.” Anemoi was a result of an exceptionally chilly summer, Jennifer’s first in the business. The longer hang time needed to ripen the fruit resulted in a more concentrated juice.
“We had one of those wine-geek moments where we said to each other, ‘This is really cool!’ Christianson says. “The final product has been received better than we could have possibly imagined.” In its first season, it was awarded a gold medal at an invitational wine competition.
“We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t love it.” To the Christiansons’ palates, each Anemoi wine has distinctive characteristics produced by the winds and weather. The first was named Boreas for the god of the north wind. Three more soon followed: Eurus (east wind), Notus (south wind), and Zephyrus (west wind).
Published on Dec 7, 2012