Carpe Diem's winemaker Christian Roguenant has led a storied career in the wine industry. Born in Burgundy, it's no surprise that Christian's path led to a career in the wine industry. After studying enology and viticulture at the famed University of Dijon, he has made wine on five continents, an impressive feat that has taken him to numerous countries including all over Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and Korea. Christian has now settled down in the Edna Valley, but he still finds himself traveling extensively to promote his wines, judge competitions, and continue to learn more about the dynamic world of winemaking. Carpe Diem sources its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Firepeak Vineyard in the Edna Valley, one of the premier locations for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on California's Central Coast. The fruit from Firepeak allows Christian to make full use of his Burgundian winemaking techniques to produce elegant, refined wines.
Along with all his other responsibilities, Christian has found time to mentor the Cal Poly wine program (the university is just a few miles from the Edna Valley). His love of wine is infectious; I took away invaluable knowledge, and a good friend, from my days spent working with Christian as the 2008 Cal Poly winemaker.