Winemaker, Taplin Cellars
Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte. In Napa Valley, he's worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after more than 10 years of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines from the Napa Valley.
Country born: France
Education: I have a master's degree in agribusiness from the Agriculture University at Angers, a Master in Enology from Toulouse. I am completing his MBA at UC Davis in Entrepreneurship and Business.
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
I am a terroir-centric winemaker looking for the essence and signature of a place. I prefer easing a wine forward over aggressive intervention. The magic for me is getting to know each vintage through the year, the harvest, and the fermentations so that I can consistently let the wine express that year and that place.