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Creative Juices

Steele Wines prolific Writer’s Block offers nine different wines—and more coming soon.

By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson


Jed Steele has been making wine in California for 42 years. In a joint venture Steele and his son Quincy Steele added the Writer's Block line of nine wines to the Steele Wines portfolio in 2002. The wines play off the character in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 28, where the speaker suffers from writer's block and laments that day and night conspire against his ability to fulfill his writing duties.

BirminghamWine.com field correspondent, Foster Smith interviews Steele.
BW: Why the name, "Writer's Block"? How did your son help develop this concept and wine?
JS: Being an English lit major Quincy chose a Shakespearean looking character in obvious “writer’s block.” The character is set with a vineyard “block” backdrop visible through the window. Quincy also enlisted support of fellow classmates and talented others to compose the varied back labels.

BW: What is your favorite Writer’s Block wine to pair with food?

JS: I like the current Roussanne with shellfish and light cream sauce. Both the Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah are current WB red favorites, the Petite Sirah being especially good with grilled game.

BW: Do you plan more labels of this wine?
JS: Yes, there are two new reds on the way from some high elevation Lake County vineyards, a Tempranillo coming from a small two-acre parcel, and a Malbec from a 2500-foot mountain vineyard site.

Published, B-Metro magazine, April 2010

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