— I’ve learned during my winemaking career to look at change as something that is exciting and an opportunity to learn, collaborate and develop new ideas to adapt to the warmer growing conditions.
Cab Franc and pizza.
I attended the University of California, Davis, where I earned a degree in Viticulture and Enology and continued my passion into winemaking all over the world and, now, in Napa for the time being.
I grew up surfing in San Diego.
I began with Bella Union as the assistant winemaker in January 2018, where I worked closely with Andrew Delos, VP of Winemaking, and Michael Accurso, winemaker for EnRoute and Post & Beam, two of our sister brands. Soon after, in July 2019, I started working on the Nickel & Nickel brand with winemaker Joe Harden. The 2021 vintage was my first full vintage as Bella Union’s head winemaker. My experience at Nickel & Nickel, where I worked on crafting over 17 single-vineyard Cabernets, shaped my perspective on leading Bella Union on my own.
Inspiration often comes from unexpected places, whether it be acquiring a new vineyard, sipping on an unexpected glass of wine, or simply wanting to try something new. I am constantly wanting to learn, grow and develop new techniques.