.Honey Wine: Winemaker Gordon Hull

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Gordon Hull is the founder, proprietor and winemaker at Heidrun Meadery. Located on a bee forage farm in Point Reyes Station, the meadery produces the only naturally sparkling methode champenoise varietal honey wines in the world. The following is an interview with Hull:

What do you do?

I manage a farm and a wine production facility. Basically, that means I’m repairing farm and winery equipment, paying bills and filling out government forms. On good days, I’m sampling honey varieties from around the world for consideration in our wine production or I’m outside driving the tractor.

When I’m not at work, I’m spending time with my extraordinary wife, Jeffra—who makes it possible for me to do what I do at work—and our two teenage daughters.

Where do you live?

Our home is on the farm in Point Reyes, but owing to the location of our children’s schools on the other side of the county, we have a place in Kentfield too.

How long have you lived in Marin?

15 years.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?

Attending one of our daughter’s sporting events, on a Marin hiking trail or on our skiff on Tomales Bay.

If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin was, where would you take

them?

Hands down, I’d take them to the farm at Heidrun Meadery on a sunny weekday afternoon for a picnic of oysters, local cheese and Brickmaiden Bread and a glass of bubbly, then scoot over to Limantour Beach in time for sunset. That’s livin’!

What is one thing Marin is missing?

A bowling alley.

What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites?

Marin is a little bit of heaven, but it’s important to escape that bubble periodically in order to stay grounded in the realities of the world.

If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be?

God, I suppose, but only if there really is such a thing. Otherwise, I’d settle for the enlightening company of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

What is some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago?

For every thing you buy, get rid of a thing you already own.

What is something that in 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy?

Perhaps our penal system.

Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world?

Continue working to reduce the impact of our species on it.

Hull can be found at @heidrunmeadery on Instagram.

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