Dan Petroski and Kevin Harvey are in many opposites. Petroski is a seat-of-the-pants winemaker, activist and entrepreneur in Napa, with no vineyards and no personal property other than his cellphone. Harvey is a billionaire tech investor who has bought vast swaths of mountain landscape in central and northern California to plant vineyards.
What they do have in common are a love of relatively obscure Italian grapes and projects on both sides of the Atlantic.
Petroski has achieved a cult-status with Massican focusing on northern Italian whites. Harvey’s relatively newer project, Aeris, is focusing on the wines of Sicily’s Mount Etna — red Nerello Mascalese and white Carricante — both on Etna and the Sonoma Coast.