Q & A with Mike Scott, Owner Six Gates Vineyard and his Father, Mark Scott

Mike Scott grew up on his family’s farm in Petaluma on the Western Slope of Sonoma Mountain. His father, Mark Scott, was one of the first to plant grapes at the higher elevation in the Petaluma Gap. Although his father doesn’t drink wine, he planted wine grapes because they were a higher-value crop that he […]

Q & A with Jacqueline Yoakum, Winemaker, Keller Estate

Jacqueline Yoakum attended college in NY. Her first winemaking role was at Macari Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island, where she was introduced to biodynamics. She was fascinated by women working in the wine industry and after reaching out to a few, she decided to attend UC Davis and get a degree in […]

Q & A with Nicolas and Sirilo Cornejo, Clendenen Vineyard Management

Nicolas Cornejo was born in Michoacan, Mexico and raised his family in Sonoma County. He worked for many years with John Clendenen at Clendenen Vineyard Management, and when John retired, he wanted to sell the business to someone he could trust to carry on. Today. the Cornejo family owns the business and Nicolas manages the vineyard […]

Q&A with Junghoon Lee, Telofarm Inc.

Junghoon Lee grew up in Seoul, South Korea. He planned to go to technical school after graduation so that he could learn how to design mechanical devices that people would enjoy using, but one of his teachers encouraged him to instead go to a university. He ultimately earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA […]

Q&A with Kenneth Noren, Wonderful Nurseries

Ken Noren grew up in the Salinas Vallley, surrounded by agriculture. As a young boy, he was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA, When the time came to choose a college, Cal Poly was a natural fit. Although he was interested in wine and grape growing, viticulture wasn’t offered as a major at the time, […]

Q&A with Anne Moller-Racke, Blue Farm Wines

Anne Moller-Racke grew up in Oberwesel, Germany, a small town along the Rhine River.  She came to California to work a harvest, but the plan was to return home after it concluded.  Instead, she went to work for Buena Vista Winery as their Viticulturist. Following that, she launched Donum Estate, while also planting a vineyard […]

Q&A with Victoria De Crescenzo, Bevan Cellars

Victoria De Crescenzo was born in Southern California, surrounded by horse farms and orange groves. Wine was not a part of her world until she moved to Des Moines and began attending wine-tasting classes at a local wine shop. After meeting Russell Bevan, a colleague in the dental industry, they began making wine together. Their […]

Q&A with Alice van Ommeren, The Wine Data Researcher

Alice van Ommeren was born in Amsterdam, lived in Belgium and France during her early childhood years, and then, as a teenager, moved to Phoenix, AZ. Although wine was on the communal lunch table in grammar school, the kids were not interested; instead, they fought over the Sprite. Alice went on to pursue degrees in […]

Q&A with Katie Carter, Winemaker, Boisset Collection

Katie Carter grew up in Forestville.  Although her dad loved wine, she didn’t take any interest in the wine industry until she had an opportunity to utilize her college biology and chemistry lab skills during a harvest internship.  That led to working with Greg La Follette and an opportunity go to South Africa to work […]

Q&A with Laurence Donald, Parum Leo

Laurence Donald began his career with a degree in Business Administration and in a few roles in finance and sales but wanted something more.  A friend pointed out that he had grown up in wine country, had talked enthusiastically about his winemaking endeavors with his dad, and was clearly excited about wine, that perhaps he […]