Hardworking winery professional, adept at all aspects of winery operations from crush to bottle
Efficiently managed/ran a bottling line running 50+ SKU's a year.
Lead of a two man team responsible for all Drain and Press duties during harvest.
Input for package design, including label design.
Sales and Marketing.
I am very proud of the fact that I entered the industry as a temporary line worker and became a key player not only in winery operations, but in the very identity of a well known and respected California winery.
One of my proudest moments was when an Italian winery had completely plagiarized the wine label I had designed for Steele Wines!
For the most part, however, I take pride in a job well done. To make complex tasks look seemlessly accomplished turns work into a passion.
Interned for Dave Crippen, Winemaker for Renwood. What was going to be a five week stint doing inoculations turned into a three month stay with duties including barrel quality control, SO2 additions and blending trials (the last of which i was asked back to participate in).
Working for Jed Steele meant being proficient in all aspects of cellar work as well as running the bottling side of the plant. Forklift driving, Barrel work, Cellar cleanliness, filtration skills, and operation of all Harvest Equipment all had to be performed at a high level of efficiency. I was usually the one chosen to train new employees regarding cellar operations.
Eventually my duties entailed market visits and sales trips across the country, as well as input on packaging and label design.
Began as a bottling temp, which evolved into temporary harvest work, then permanent placement. Was instrumental in bringing bottling efficiency up 18% in fourteen months.
Began as a bottling temp and quickly became Shift Manager during K-J's major expansion . Definitely a Trial by Fire. By the end I was supervising three extended bottling projects and a crew of 25
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