Winemaker, Barnett Vineyards
David has been the winemaker and General Manager at Barnett Vineyards for fifteen complete vintages, beginning with 2007. David has worked in the Barossa Valley, Australia; Provence, France; Canterbury, New Zealand and has traveled to every fine wine region in the world. David graduated from Brock University in 2002, with an Honors Degree in Enology and Viticulture. Prior to working with Barnett, David was the assistant winemaker at Ridge Vineyards for five years atop Montebello in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
With these over 20 years of experience the groundwork has been laid for David's commitment to quality and understanding of what it takes to produce premium, world-class wine with a sense of place. David's research work has been published (AJEV) and he is an advocate of wine education as he has a diploma from and is a guest lecturer for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).
Country born: Canada
Education: Honors Bachelors Degree in Enology and Viticulture, first class standing.
Diploma with The Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Honors / Awards:
Published with the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture
Quite simply letting the vineyard express its sense of place, allowing a vineyard/varietal to show where it is from vs adulterating the wine in the winery.