Winemaker, B Cellars
Kirk earned his degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1998. He worked diligently in summer internships as the experimental winemaker for Mumm Napa Valley, where he focused on producing still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A post-graduation harvest in New Zealand and time traveling the great wine regions of Europe would prove him ready to take on making the Venge Family Reserve wines in 2003.
Country born: United States
Education: Kirk earned his degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1998
Years in the wine industry: 7 years
“The vineyards are key,” says Kirk,who’s worked with multiple vineyards in every appellation of Napa and Sonoma counties. “If the quality’s not there, I’m not going to touch it. For B Cellars, we harvested from 19 different vineyards—vineyards including To Kalon Vineyard, Dr. Crane, Hudson, and Caldwell vineyards as well as small, home-grown plots such as Auger in St. Helena.