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Harvest Brings New Hires in West Coast Wine Country

Paul Hobbs and Fred Holloway are among the numerous winemakers with new positions this fall.

Tim Fish
Posted: September 20, 2003

Paul Hobbs is the new consulting winemaker at Lynmar Winery in Sonoma's Russian River Valley, and Fred Holloway has left Cambria to be winemaker at Justin Vineyards in nearby Paso Robles. Those are just two of the recent winemaker changes in California and Washington as harvest gets underway in wine country.

Hobbs, who has his own label and consults for wineries such as Laird Family Estate, will share consulting duties with Daniel Moore, who was Lynmar's full-time winemaker until he left in August. Lynmar, a boutique producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is currently looking for a new full-time winemaker.

Holloway joined Justin, known for Bordeaux varietal blends such as Isoceles, after serving as winemaker at Cambria since 1999. Prior to that, Holloway was a winemaker for a number of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate labels, including La Crema and Cardinale. Replacing Holloway at Cambria is Denise Shurtleff, the winery's assistant winemaker since 1999. Shurtleff previously worked at Corbett Canyon.

  • Steve Leveque is the new winemaker at Chalk Hill Estate in Sonoma County, replacing Bill Knuttel, who left in July to become winemaker at Dry Creek Vineyard. Leveque was previously an associate winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery. He will work with consultant David Ramey, who was winemaker at Chalk Hill from 1990 through 1996.

  • Rudy Zuidema has left Robert Craig Wine Cellars, where he had been since 1995, to become winemaker at Ehlers Estate, a recent Napa start-up. Zuidema is being replaced by his assistant winemaker, Chad Tucker.

  • Todd Graff is the new winemaker at Frank Family Vineyards, which makes its home in Calistoga's historic Larkmead Winery. Graff was previously winemaker at Sonoma Creek and the former Codorniu Napa.

  • Winemaker Anthony Craig has left David Bruce Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains to focus on his own Sonnet label and become winemaker at Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards, in the same appellation. Craig has been replaced by Dean DeKorth, who previously worked at Morgan Winery in Monterey.

  • Long Meadow Ranch in Napa Valley has hired Ashley Heisey as associate winemaker. Heisey, who was previously on the winemaking team at Far Niente and Dolce, will assist winemaker Cathy Corison.

  • In Washington, Canoe Ridge Vineyard has hired Kendall Mix as its winemaker. Formerly with Chateau Ste. Michelle, Mix replaces John Abbott, who left last year to focus on his own label.

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