Claus Janzen was born in Germany, but moved to Canada as a child. Later, he moved back to Europe, working at a number of high-end hotels. It was during that time his interest in wine began to really grow. He returned to Canada to get a business degree and during the beginning of a professional real estate career, he became more involved in the world of food and wine. His passion even earned him the award of Best Wine Taster of Canada! After more visits to Europe’s wine country he eventually was introduced to Chuck Wagner of Caymus. Long story short, in 1988, he started a wine career from scratch with the help of the Wagner family and eventually started Bacio Divino in 1993 and stayed at Caymus for the next decade as a marketing manager. Bacio Divino owns a 10 acre vineyard in Napa, and also sources from some very reputable vineyards such as To-Kalon!
Pazzo is,a very unpretentious and thoroughly enjoyable, fun wine ready to be consumed over the holidays. Although Pazzo ages quite well, I encourage early consumption so you’ll enjoy the fresh strawberry component that is more evident when at an early bottle age. The Sangiovese fruit is redolent of sweet berry fruit, and the underlying acid component begs for simpe, flavorful food – tomatoes, garlic, herbs and spices. It is no coincidence that Robert Parker calls Pazzo the “Best Bistro styled” wine in the country!