Winemaker, Miner Family Winery
Gary Brookman began his professional winemaking career in 1980 at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, where he worked with a myriad of varietals and refined his skills with each passing harvest. After his tenure at Phelps, Gary spent two years at Franciscan Estates, where he garnered a passion for wild yeast fermentation. Gary has been an integral part of Miner Family Winery since its inception in 1998. Gary and his wife, Joan, live in St. Helena, where they raised their two children.
Country born: United States
Education: California State University, Humbolt
Bachelor of Science Degree
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
After more than a decade at the helm as Miner's winemaker, Gary Brookman remains dedicated to making expressive, elegant wines that are true to each varietal and vineyard. He makes more than 24 boutique bottlings for Miner using fruit from Napa Valley and other specially selected California vineyards. By using a combination of "Old World" winemaking techniques and modern technology, he crafts wines that reflect the unique characteristics of individual vineyards or "terroir" where specific varietals grow best.