Dave Moore, WinePod Winemaker.
Dave Moore began his career in the wine business as a teenager working in a small vineyard,
part of the historic Martin Ray Estate, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Drawn to the mountains,
the seasonal rhythms of agriculture, and the romance of wines and vines, Dave left his studies in
Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, to make his way in the wine industry.
He obtained a harvest position at Zaca Mesa Winery in Santa Barbara County, and apprenticed in winemaking
production: cellar, laboratory, bottling, and warehousing. His mentor urged him to continue his studies, and in 1993,
he received a degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis's prestigious Viticulture and Enology Department.
Since his time at UCD, Dave has worked with two different companies developing and tending many of the �micro-vineyards'
that now dot the hillsides surrounding Silicon Valley. In Napa, he was employed by the renowned Pinot producer Kent Rasmussen,
and contracted to a fledgling winery called Barnett Vineyards where he got his first taste of Napa Cabernet.
After spending two vintages administering the winemaking process from an office desk, he jumped at the chance to work
back in the cellar and returned to the Santa Cruz Mountains as Winemaker at the iconic Bonny Doon Vineyards.
Following Bonny Doon, Dave spent the next four years in vineyard management for an estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains
located directly on the San Andreas Fault. Eventually, he was lured back from the soil and the grapes into the
Winemaker position at Byington Winery. Today, Dave has returned to Silicon Valley as our WinePod Winemaker.
He looks forward to assisting you with your winemaking, helping to grow the WinePod Community,
and hearing your success stories.
John Kelly, Westwood Winery Owner/Winemaker and WinePod Winemaking Coach. Photo courtesy of Sonoma-Index Tribune.
Your winemaking coach for the 2007 vintage is John Kelly, the incredible winemaker behind Westwood Winery.
With a post graduate degree in Biochemistry from UC Davis, John decided to pursue a career outside academia when he first
took a job managing a high-end wine shop in Davis. After an internship at R. H. Philips Vineyards in 1987,
he landed an assistant winemaker position with the prestigious Napa Valley Cabernet producer, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, in 1988.
John's responsibilities at Stag's Leap included viticultural research, which allowed him to take advantage of his biochemist background.
In 1992, John left Stag's Leap for a stint at Duckhorn Vineyards, followed later by a deeply rewarding research position at
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Sonoma County's famous chardonnay producer in the Russian River Valley.
John Kelly took over winemaking at Westwood Winery late in 1994.
In 1995, following lessons learned from his associations with wineries successfully specializing in one
grape � Cabernet at Stag's Leap, Merlot at Duckhorn, Chardonnay at Sonoma-Cutrer � John decided to focus his
attentions at Westwood on only Pinot Noir and Syrah. In 1998, John and his business partners developed and planted
the Annadel Estate Vineyard, a unique site located in the cooler northwest end of the
Sonoma Valley appellation. He and his partners purchased the Westwood Winery in 2002,
and the winery was moved from its original location in the Sierra Foothills to the town of Sonoma.
In addition to his wide-ranging winery and vineyard experience, John Kelly also served as Technical Director for Vinquiry,
an independent, analytical laboratory and wine consulting service. John has been a great asset to ProVina through lending his winemaking expertise
and his technical knowledge to the development of the WinePod. We are thrilled that going into his 21st vintage, he will be making Cabernet from Napa River Ranch
and Rancho Sarco in his WinePod and sharing his knowledge with our WinePod Community!