My thoughts about being a Winemaking Consultant
My dream had always been to create my own wine and label. Following 15 years of making wine for others, my dream was realized in 2012 with the formation of Cattleya Wines and starting my own winemaking consulting practice.
As a consulting winemaker, I naturally focus my energies on wineries wanting to produce only the finest. I have came to the conclusion that all those years of vineyard training in France have given me the tools to understand the needs of each terroir, so I decided to focus my attention on refining the vineyards first, then to continue the process in the cellar. In 2012, Jayson Pahlmeyer came to me at the perfect time, with a hidden gem waiting to be polished and revealed.
Over the past six years, I was exclusively consulting for Wayfarer and Pahlmeyer, honing my experience in farming practices, taking over vineyard management and winemaking for a then-inexistent brand known today as Wayfarer. I also produced my first Napa Valley wines under the Pahlmeyer and Jayson labels.