01 Winemaker Marisa Taylor, Rutherford Hill, Napa, Filmed for PTV Series “Vintage: Napa Valley 2012” – Marisa Taylor

Marisa began her college career at Santa Rosa Junior College and by the age of 25 was making her own wine, using Pinot Noir from Carneros. She graduated from the University of California in Davis, first with a B.S. in Chemistry and then an M.S. in Food Science-Enology. A self-described “lab rat,” Marisa continues to have a passion for the analytical detail needed for monitoring yeast cultures, barrels, fermentation, blending and ultimately, bottling. Every harvest Marisa and her team take part in an elaborate juggling act between incoming fruit and available tanks.


02 Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls, Markham Vineyards, Napa, Filmed for PTV Series “Vintage: Napa Valley 2012” – Kimberlee Nicholls

Kimberlee Nicholls is the winemaker at Markham Vineyards, a venerable Napa institution. Kim runs a cellar crew that consists primarily of two families, both of which have been with the winery for generations. After graduating with a degree in Biology from Willamette University, Kim moved from the small coastal town of Long Beach, Washington, to California. In 1993, she came to Markham Vineyards as enologist to establish an extensive laboratory program. After four years of hands-on experience in the vineyards and in the winery, she was promoted to associate winemaker in 1997, and winemaker at Markham Vineyards in November 2001. Kimberlee is part of a select group of women winemakers in the Napa Valley.


03 Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna, Chimney Rock, Napa, Filmed for PTV Series “Vintage: Napa Valley 2012” – Elizabeth Vianna

Elizabeth Vianna is the winemaker and General Manager at Chimney Rock, a “Cab House” which sits nestled amongst 100 acres of estate grown vineyards and right in the heart of Napa’s Stag’s Leap district. A biology major at Vassar College, Elizabeth was originally on the pre-medical school track. She fell in love with wine as a consumer while living in New York City, working as a clinical toxicologist at New York Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center. Her strong science background and sudden infatuation with wine propelled her to apply to the University of California – Davis, and its renowned winemaking program instead of medical school. She first came to Chimney Rock as a harvest intern in 1999, while completing her Master’s degree in enology at U.C. Davis. Elizabeth was named to the position of assistant winemaker at Chimney Rock in January 2002 and advanced to the position of winemaker in 2005.


04 Wine With Mexican? Si Vino at Comal—Checking Lists: A Critical Look at Restaurant Wine – Alan Goldfarb

Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland, blogs for Tablehopper on how to navigate a wine list. Comal restaurant of Berkeley serves up ‘real and imagined modern Mexican food.’ The beverage focus is margaritas, beer, tequila and mescal but there are a few wine finds according to Goldfarb who is accordingly well fed and so will you if you are well read!


Marisa Taylor
Kimberlee Nicholls
Elizabeth Vianna
Alan Goldfarb