Women Who Wine: Millesime’s Brittany Rice-Claypool

 

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In honor of Women’s History Month, this March Que Syrah Sue and I visited THE local Ventura County winemaker who is also a WOMAN: Brittany Jean Rice -Claypool of Millesime Cellars located at 425 Constitution Ave, Ste H Camarillo, California (805) 896-4049.

Palate over chemistry, says Brittany

Brittany comes from quite a wine making heritage: her great grandfather picked grapes at Inglenook, and her family started Sunstone in Santa Barbara. When she was 12, they planted their first merlot grapes at Sunstone; by the time she was 21, she was making their wine.

Now at 38, Brittany has her own winery where she is producing 1000 or so cases of  red, white, and dessert wines a year.

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Millesime Cellars library wine photo by wine maker Brittany Rice-Claypool

But Brittany didn’t take the direct route to becoming a winemaker–she came to wine making via art, food, and travel which leads to her claim that she prefers palate over chemistry. Continue reading