Randy Hester is a person who’s not afraid to make a big pivot in his life. It’s something he’s done over and over again since a young age. For example, there was the time when Randy was working as a sales rep for Glazer’s, a large wine & spirits distributor, here in Texas. It was a job he was very good at. He was moving up the company ladder and being told by some customers that he was selling more of their wines than anyone else in the state. But Randy started to get interested in something else. Instead of selling the wine, he wanted to make it. And so at the age of 36, he left his career and nice salary behind, and he moved to Napa Valley, California, so he could learn the winemaking craft. After almost a decade there, Randy had made it. He had worked at some of the top cellars in Napa. He was working with winemakers that are revered as some of the best on the planet. He had even launched his own wine label, Lightning, that was being received really well. But it was here that Randy made, perhaps, the biggest and most surprising pivot of them all. He decided that he wanted to make Texas wines. So he moved to Austin and he started a new winery, naming it after his great-grandfather C.L. Butaud. So why did he do it? And how did he do it? And was it tough to leave everything behind, just as he was securing his place inside Napa Valley’s elite club of winemakers. Well, Randy’s going to tell us. He’ll also explain what makes Texas wine unique and why the winemaking future of this state is so bright. To learn more about Randy and C.L. Butaud, check out their website below: https://clbutaud.com/
33: A Winemaking Genius - Randy Hester | C.L. Butaud Wines ft. C.L. Butaud Wines
What’s brewing, ATX?
Randy Hester, owner of C.L. Butaud Wines joins us and discusses how he plans to take over the wine game in Fredericksburg/ATX. C.L. Butaud currently makes their wine out of a "co-working space for wine" but Randy has his sights set on a winery and tasting room (preferably in East Austin) in the near future. Be sure to check out their website (info below) and consider joining one of their many wine club options so you can enjoy delicious wine on a regular basis! Randy gives us the rundown of the 3 wine selections he brought to sample: - C.L. Butaud Tempranillo - C.L. Butaud Rosé - Frenchy Garrison Bros. White Be sure to connect with our guest! Instagram: https://instagram.com/clbutaud Website: www.clbutaud.com Tune in to the "What's Brewing, ATX?" podcast on your favorite platform: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-brewing-atx/id1453626224?mt=2&uo=4 Google Play: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy85NGExODk0L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2x1FKdbCgYqgKIpKjISSJn Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/whats-brewing-atx Anchor: https://anchor.fm/whatsbrewingatx Connect with us on social! Instagram: https://instagram.com/whatsbrewingatx Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatsbrewingatx1/ Connect with the hosts! Ian Grossman: https://instagram.com/realestate_atx Greg Carlson: https://instagram.com/gregcarlson Jonathan Ratcliff: https://instagram.com/jratcliff15
In 2006, Randy left Houston to carve out a life with his wife in Napa, with the 10 year plan to come back to TX to make world class wine and push the industry. An internship at Cakebread lead to a job, then to a position at Colgin, then to work under cult winemakers like Mike Hirby and Andy Erickson. All this lead to served as the foundation of his own label, Lightning Wines, focusing on Grenache. In 2014, Randy came back to TX to launch C.L Butaud to push the possibilities of Tempranillo. Check out the podcast to hear Randy tell his story. He's made a splash already!clbutaud.comhttp://lightningwines.com/