Meander Wines (Winemaker and Proprietor)
Amy Aiken received a B.S. degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and then moved to California to perform plant research and to pursue a master’s degree in Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis. After completing her degree in 1989, she began working at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, where she cut her winemaking teeth on the great Cabernet Sauvignons that Phelps produced, namely “Backus,” “Eisele,” and “Insignia.” Working with those wines gave her a passion for winemaking and specifically for Cabernet Sauvignon. After a period of focusing on sparkling wine and Pinot Noir, she returned to “Cabs” while making wine in Napa Valley at Oakville Ranch, Viader Vineyards, and Anomaly Vineyards.
In 2000, she decided to strike out on her own and began creating her own wines in Napa Valley at a vineyard she named Meander, partly as a play on words as well as in homage to her two sons, Mitchell and Andrew. Not surprisingly, she specializes in Cabernet Sauvignons.