Winemaker, Oakville Ranch Vineyards
I graduated from UC Davis in 2002, worked for wineries from Washington State to Chile, then settled down at Paradigm Winery as Heidi Barrett???s assistant winemaker for four years. For the last three years I have been an independent winemaker for several small brands.
Personal: Married to Cameron Vawter, Director of Production at Dana Estates, with two little girls, two horses, one dog and 15 chickens.
Country born: United States
Education: Bachelors of Science, UC Davis. I worked in Chile for an extended harvest as crew boss for Caliterra. Mainly, I learned Spanish��� very quickly. My Mentor: Heidi Barrett
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Work with great fruit! Do as little as possible and as much as necessary. Help the wine to become the best incarnation of that varietal and site combination. Optimize fruit expression and lushness, while maintaining balance and especially acidity.