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The Qualia legacy

Posted: Friday, May 31st, 2013

Photo by Heather Young J&J Cellars winemaker Maureen Qualia pours a barrel sample.
Maureen Qualia’s enological journey began more than a hundred years ago in 19th-century Texas, the first steps of her travels taken by her great-grandfather who came to America from northern Italy outside of Milan.

He planted those first grapes in southern Texas near the Mexican border and now, generations later, Qualia’s father, Thomas Qualia, and brother, Michael Qualia, work that land while Maureen, like her great-grandfather, explores the rest of the world that begins and ends at the family winery in Texas.

“I was working in the tasting room when I was old enough to look over the counter,” Qualia said. “I spent most summers helping with harvest and most holidays working in the tasting room. I knew I was interested in the wine industry from an early age but knowing that it would be a lifelong commitment, I decided to tackle a few other life goals first.”

For the complete article see the 05-31-2013 issue.

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