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rockoom people: do you likegood wine,good food and good company, especially all at the same time? then you're our kind of people!our community is growing and here are the folks working to make sure that there is always an interesting bottle or two to share…
scott collier – founder & winemaker.someone has to be sure grapes get paid for, winemaking decisions get made in time and the words on the labels are spelled right.scott does this stuff although when it is a choice between wine quality and label spelling you can count on the wine being the priority.
julie lin – winemaker.as a hard-core foodie and top sommelier (past stints include wine director at the fabulous las vegas mandarin oriental ), julie provides grape sourcing and winemaking oversight, especially on her signature rockroom wines.julie is a real wine pro (with thecsw credentialsto prove it) and she makes sure we keep our sights set on only amazing wine.
david philo – winemaking associate. dave has wide-ranging experience making handcrafted wines at top wineries and custom crush spots in cali and oregon so he makes sure ourwinemaking techniques will keep our grapes pointed toward the style of wine we are shooting for.from early morning vineyard runs to late night shifts on the sorting line, dave is up for it.
kala philo – media mentor.she can usually be found with her video cam tucked under one arm and mac under the other, but kala has been known to take time off from video production to help rockroomwith marketing efforts as well as the occasional punchdown.
friends of rockroom
these busywinemaking proshave full time jobs that really keep them running, but they have been generous mentors, advisors and supporters…
adam lee - winemaker: siduri & novy family wines. wine experts agree - adam and dianna lee have made siduri one of the top pinot noir wineries in the country while novy cranks out amazing syrah, zin and other varietals. less well known is how many aspiring winemakers they have helped along the way.
ryan zepaltas - winemaker, zepaltas wines. these days ryan is working long days as consulting wine maker at several wineries plus managing his own stellar stuff. we appreciate his thoughts on how to craft premium small-lot wines.
kian tavakoli - consulting winemaker. with years spent making wine at places like crushpad, clos du val and opus one, kian really knows how to get grapes to give up the good stuff - especially bordeaux varietals. without his patient advice and hands-on help we would more than once have been up the proverbial creek!