spent over three decades working with grape growers
and prestigious small, medium, and large wineries
in California and France. She has performed many diverse
roles within a wide range of locations.
began her career in wine in 1976, working with Zelma
Long for a decade at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa
Valley and Simi Winery in Sonoma County. Barbara and
Zelma have continued working together on numerous
projects over the subsequent years.
moved to France in 1986 to broaden her winemaking
perspective and experience. Her first year was spent
in Bordeaux, working at Chateau Lynch-Bages (Medoc)
and then Chateau LaLouviere (Graves), and taking courses
at the Institut d'nologie in Bordeaux. The following
year she worked in Burgundy at Maison Louis Latour
while studying viticulture at the University of Dijon.
She also worked a summer in the research laboratories
of Moet-et-Chandon, and finished that sojourn at Listel,
working on various technical projects at their properties
in the south of France. She has subsequently returned
to France for two more vintages.
to the U.S. in 1988, she worked a harvest and did
some sensory consulting before becoming the winemaker
at Grand Cru Vineyards in Sonoma Valley. Three years
later, she joined Marimar Torres Estate in Sebastopol
as winemaker and vineyard manager.
began her consulting career in earnest in 1994. In
addition to vineyard-to-bottle winemaking for small
producers, she serves as a resource for growers and
wineries looking for an additional technical, team-building
or general logistical resource. Her roles have involved
serving as a resource when a new winemaker has been
promoted or hired, partnering with winery and grape-grower
clients to do wine-profiling, blend tastings, and
other technical projects. Her long-term work with
Sangiacomo Family Vineyards in Carneros reflects her
particular interest in sensory evaluation and education.
These interests have also led Barbara to work with
other wine industry professionals, regional grape-grower
and winery associations, equipment and materials suppliers,
wine brokers, distributors, importers, etc., organizing
technical tastings, seminars, and a wide range of
In addition to her role as a consultant, Barbara speaks
at conferences and universities throughout the US
and in Europe. A contributor to industry publications,
she has also taught various wine classes at Napa Valley
College and is currently an instructor for the Winemaking
Certificate Program for Distance Learners offered
by UC Davis Extension.
enjoys wearing a number of different hats and working
with a wide range of clients and wines. She relishes
the challenges and pleasures of making wine that genuinely
expresses the land and the grapes from which it is
made. She believes that any wine, regardless of style
or pedigree, is intended, and at its best, when shared
and enjoyed with food, friends and family.