Director of Winemaking
Back story: Comes from a long line of Napa Valley farmers and winemakers. Went from riding his dirt bike through the vineyards to taking over production for Mer Soleil Chardonnay in 2003. Launched Conundrum Red in 2011.
Earliest wine adventure: Getting suspended in middle school for bringing firecrackers to school; spent his “punishment” working at a family vineyard in Monterey County.
Philosophy: Perfect-looking grapes don’t create the best-tasting wines. Complexity matters more than perfection.
Favorite wine & food pairing: I’m always up for something different – I recently tried Bánh mì, a Vietnamese “sandwich” that’s flavorful, a little spicy and goes great with a chilled glass of Conundrum Red.
Life outside work: Spending time with family and introducing his two young sons to the same kinds of outdoor adventures he had and loved as a kid.