I arrived in Napa Valley in 1994, after a year of discovery and vineyard and winery work in Argentina. I have had the great fortune ever since of working with phenomenal vineyards, and having great mentors and collaborators.
Country born: USA
Education: BA in Political Science, Tufts University, 1989
MS in Enology from University of California, Davis, 2000
Wine work and consultation in Argentina, Chile, and South Africa
Mentors: John Kongsgaard, Michel Rollland, David Abreu
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Honors / Awards:
Blue Ribbon, Science Fair, Mary Feezer Elementary School, Elkhart, Indiana, 1974
I am very committed to the concept of terroir, and making wines that express the character of the vineyard. My winemaking is very low-tech, but with very high quality control standards. We do not fine or filter our red wines, and our whites are produced with minimal intervention, to capture the personality of our vineyard sites.