David has worked in the Barossa Valley, Australia; Provence, France; Canterbury, New Zealand, Tuscany Italy 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 where he is the G.M. and winemaker, David was the assistant winemaker at Ridge Vineyards for five years atop Montebello in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
With these over 28 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: Brock University, Enology & Viticulture with Honors
Lincoln University, Enology & Viticulture
Wine and Spirits Education Trust, WSET-Diploma
Published with the AJEV
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Letting the vineyard express itself in the wine. It is about a sense of place being evident in the wine, not the winemaking.