Winemaker, Laird Family Estate
Born and raised in the Midwest, Brian had family roots in farming and food production. He worked in the restaurant industry in Seattle, where he acquired an interest in wine. Realizing that wine related to his interests in food, science, history and agriculture, he began investigating the field of winemaking. He completed his first harvest in 1989 with Hargrave Vineyards on Long Island while completing his Chemistry degree at MIT. Arriving in Napa in 1991, Brian worked in the cellar and as an enologist. Brian helped setup Laird Family Estate in 1999. He has worked with Etude, Lewis, Darms Lane, and now is the full time winemaker for Laird Family Estate.
Country born: United States
Education: Degree in Chemistry - MIT
Department of Viticulture and Enology Graduate Work - UC Davis
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Passion for pinot noir and bordeaux reds. Outstanding skills and creativity.