47 Hills Brewing Company
John Tucci, President & Founder
John started his brewing career in Munich, Germany in 1992 where he lived and worked for six years. There, he studied brewing and malting science and worked at Paulaner Brewery, Bavaria's largest brewery. Upon return to America in 1998, John began working for Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group. After 16 years as head brewer and regional manager of brewery operations at multiple brewery restaurant locations, he has begun a new chapter with the creation of 47 Hills Brewing Company.
John currently lives in Brisbane, CA and has worked for Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group for 16 years as West Coast Regional Manager of five separate breweries. He is in charge of brewery production, staffing, purchasing, inventory, maintenance and quality control at each location and has gained vast experience in all aspects of brewery operations and management. He is a respected member of the local brewing community and is a founding member and former vice president of the San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004. It has been his dream to open his own brewery in San Francisco for many years and now his experience, work ethic and determination have allowed him to realize this dream.
Alpha Acid Brewing Company
Kyle Bozicevic, Owner
Alpha Acid Brewing Company was founded in fall of 2014 in Belmont, CA. They premiered our beer at the 2015 SF Beer Week Opening Gala and now distribute all around the SF Bay Area. Alpha Acid is owned & operated by local brewer & craft beer bar owner, Kyle Bozicevic. Their goal is to bring you quality local beer, one small batch at a time. They brew a myriad of unique beers; experimenting with ingredients every chance we get. They have a primary focus on dry, aromatic IPA's, Adjunct Stouts, Fruited Sour Ales & Barrel-Aged Wild Ales that are sure to satisfy any beer enthusiasts’ palate.
Armstrong Brewing Company
Nick Strong, Owner
Born in the backwoods of rural Georgia, Nick Armstrong always had a love affair with anything alcoholic. When he wasn't hanging out with his childhood friends, he was out in the backwoods concocting his own brews. Never having owned a pair of shoes, Mr. Armstrong was told to pick up his rifle and head out west young man to San Diego. Armed only with his half-wit, a 6-pack of beer, and his pappy's shotgun Nick toured the World with Uncle Sam as they visited many aimlessly deserts near and far. Upon Nicks return he married his now wife and moved back east to obtain a public “education” in yeast sex. After six years of making bathtub gin, wine, and ales, he moved to the Bay Area and joined up with “Benny” in his warn down old warehouse. One day while brewing, he was visited by the goddess Ninkasi where she bestowed the secrets of the brew. Today Nick employs these secrets and creates the masterpieces brews you drink at Armstrong Brewing Co., but sadly…he still doesn't own a pair of shoes.
Devil's Canyon Brewery
Chris Garrett, Brewmaster
At Devil’s Canyon, Brewmaster Chris Garrett sources local ingredients and products whenever possible. Their specialty beer releases include local and responsibly sourced ingredients, and many of our barrel-aged products include fresh local fruit.
Their handcrafted Root Beer is brewed with locally sourced honey, and they partner with their neighboring vintners by featuring their locally made wine in their event center. Their commitment to sustainability begins with the support of the immediate community.
Freewheel Brewing Company
Alisha Blue, Head Brewer
After attending the Siebel Institute, Alisha Blue worked for Rooster’s Brewing Co. in North Yorkshire, UK before relocating to the Bay Area. She was super stoked to find a cask ale brewery in the area, and loved working with and learning from original Brewmaster Malcolm McGinnis. Alisha enjoys sampling all libations, being in the woods, and burning through her Netflix queue with her cat and husband.
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
Dan Gordon, Owner & Brew Master
Dan Gordon has earned a reputation for being one of America’s premier brewing engineers during his 28-year tenure at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. He is the first American in more than 40 years to graduate from the prestigious five-year brewing program at the world-renowned Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan, Germany. Dan currently oversees the brewing operations at the Gordon Biersch brewing and bottling facility in San Jose, CA, where he ensures that all of his beloved brews are crafted using the highest-quality ingredients with the closest attention to detail.
Dan is also a talented chef and is the creator of the trademarked and wildly popular, Gordon Biersch Garlic Fries. Dan frequently lectures at Stanford University, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and USF. His hobbies include cooking, playing jazz trombone, and trap shooting.
Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen
Joe Pacini, Owner & Brew Master
Born and raised in the rural hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. His love for travel and adventure brought him to California where his passion for the Coastside began.
Combining his more than sixteen years of restaurant experience with ten years in the Bay Area beer scene, (and a somewhat unhealthy obsession with craft beer and brewing) led to the creation of Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen in downtown Half Moon Bay in 2016.
In my first years of brewing, I was told that brewing outside of the four “sacred” ingredients, malt, hops, water and yeast, was sacrilege. To which I responded, “So be it.”
Tony Cozzolino, Owner
Cozzolino's is a family run company from Half Moon Bay, CA. Alex and Sharon Cozzolino have been farming flowers and vegetables on the coast since 1970. Their son Tony Cozzolino is a fourth generation farmer. Tony is the owner of Cozzolino Pumpkins and Cozzolino Christmas Trees. He and his wife Stephanie are at farmer's markets year round with fresh eggs, sprouts and microgreens, as well as other seasonal farm products.
Cozzolino's has a Christmas tree lot located at 501 San Mateo Rd. in Half Moon Bay. It is open daily from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas. Weekday hours are 1PM-7PM. Weekend hours are 10AM-8PM.
Cozzolino's has a pumpkin patch in the fall at Pastorino's Farm in Half Moon Bay. You can find nearly all varieties of pumpkins there in many colors and sizes.
Erin Tormey, Founder
Erin Tormey is the founder of both Coastside Farmers' Markets, and she is also a small, "1st Generation" farmer. She is converting her place into a heritage apple orchard, and expects to have a collection of rare and unusual apples to sell in a couple more years. Meanwhile, she joins her fellow vendors at the Pacifica location by bringing her gorgeously colored pastured eggs to Market each week. The Farm Fatales are her mixed flock of threatened and/or recovering heritage breed hens. The ladies have free run of 48 acres of pristine, never chemically assaulted pasture and keep hydrated with a rainwater catchment system. The hens spend their days out in the sun, noshing on natural forage supplemented with organic feed and hand-ground (no kidding) organic flax seed, resulting in eggs with ultra high levels of Vitamin D and Omega-3s and beautifully balanced lipids. Erin has learned a lot from her fellow farmers over the years, and is also a really creative cook. She would be more than happy to answer any food and farm related questions!
Fifth Crow Farm
John Vars, Mike Irving & Teresa Kurtak, Owners
Fifth Crow is owned by three partners: John Vars, Mike Irving, and Teresa Kurtak. Though they are pretty young for farmers, each of them have over a decade of farming experience. The three of them met at and are graduates of the UCSC Farm & Garden program.
Half Moon Honey
Gary & Teri Butler, Owners
Deborah (Dee) Harley, Owner
Dee Harley began farming over 20 years ago. She was awarded the 2007 San Mateo County Farmer of the Year. As a teenager in Yorkshire, Dee was selected for HRH Prince Charles' youth expedition project, Operation Raleigh, which encourages self-confidence and leadership through adventure, exploration and community service. Dee travelled to Honduras, and never looked back.
Harley Farms is proud to serve the community of Pescadero, California, with handmade food, work for local people, high-school students and people with special needs, and as a community meeting-place. Dee has spoken on food and farming at the Commonwealth Club and the Ecological Farming Conference, and has taken Harley Farms to Slow Food Nation and Terre Madre world food meetings. Harley Farms is a small but highly successful business, and it owes this success to the dedication and talent of farm staff.
Louis & Mike Iacopi, Owners
Upon his arrival from Italy in 1939, Louis’ father, Michael, settled in Pescadero, where he learned to farm. In 1962, Louis began his farming career with 200 acres in Half Moon Bay. He farmed there until 1979, when he moved the farm to its current location. Until recently, he grew produce mainly for the wholesale markets, but low returns encouraged him to sell more of his produce directly to consumers.
To maintain soil fertility, the Iacopis use synthetic fertilizers in combination with cover crops and compost. They use herbicides only when necessary—usually in the winter, when the ground is too wet for the tractors. At the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the Iacopis also sell Brussels sprouts from a nearby farm.
Larry Jacob, Owner
Cindie & Phil White, Owners
Phil was born and raised in Pana, Illinois, population 6,000. As a young boy, he worked on his Uncle Virgil’s farm, managing the chickens, bailing hay, and mowing. With his small-town farming roots, Phil is right at home on this ranch. These days Phil spends a lot of time managing the business operations at Jelich Ranch, overseeing new projects, and often rolls up his sleeves to offer Skip a hand (or two) in the orchard.
Cindie was raised in Portola Valley, where her parents Manuel and Linda Lozano, still reside. As a young girl, she remembers buying fruit from Walter Jelich at Jelich Ranch, and attending Portola Valley School (currently the Town Center) located next door to the ranch. Cindie is a nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing her on-going discoveries with children and adults. At the ranch she develops curriculum and hosts camps, tours, and field trips.
“In May of 2000, we purchased the century old 14-acre historic 'Jelich Ranch', from the Jelich family. Rather than subdivide and turn the valuable Silicon Valley parcel into a residential development project, we’ve chosen to focus on the preservation of history and nature. Since 2000, we’ve been working hard to develop the orchard as an organic enterprise by cleaning up the property, restoring the orchard, replacing diseased trees, and adding new fruit varieties. The ranch has been certified organic since October 2003".
Erik & Doniga Markegard, Owners
Erik Markegard is a 6th generation cattle rancher. He was raised on a 2000 acre cattle ranch in San Mateo County. Erik worked along side his father, Larry Markegard as a youth managing or leasing all of the ranches for Peter Folgerand then Neil Young. These lands included the Broken Arrow, Djerassi, SMIP, Eisenhut, Isenburg, McCreery Moore, and San Gregorio ranches. Erik started his own cow/calf business, Flying M Cattle Company in 1985. Two years later he started managing and then leasing the TOTO ranch. When Erik met his wife, Doniga they transformed the cow/calf operation into 100% grass-fed to meet the growing demands for healthy, local, sustainably raised beef.
Doniga comes to ranching with a background in nature and permaculture. This has given her a perspective on the real risks that we are facing as a species. In her youth she was mentored by some of the leading wildlife trackers, naturalists and Native spiritual elders. She spent years alone and with a small group of passionate youth in the Western Washington Wilderness learning the ways of the ancestors, immersing in nature, bird language, survival skills and wildlife tracking.
Along with her husband and four children, Doniga owns and operates Markegard Family Grass-Fed LLC raising grass-fed beef, lamb, pastured pork and dairy supplying the Bay Area with local, nutrient dense foods. The family ranch leases land through out the Bay Area spanning over 8000 acres. Doniga’s work expands beyond her family ranch into policy and advocacy. She has organized a stakeholder working group at the State Capital for small dairy herds. She then took the lead on legislation that would enable family farms to be more sustainable and utilize pasture in an economical and productive way.
Doniga’s deep observation experience aids in her ability to monitor grassland health, biodiversity and to manage land based on the principles and patterns found in nature. Doniga is passionate about large-scale restoration of Western Rangelands through cattle grazing. The Markegard Family has forged partnerships with some of the largest land trust groups in California, private landowners, as well as regional open space parks. Each ranch has a grazing plan and conservation management plan developed in conjunction with landowners and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. She is dedicated to finding ways to regenerate lands and community through ranching practices that build soil, sequester carbon, capture and purify water and enhance habitat.
Jayne & Mark Battey, Founders & Owners
Mark and Jayne Battey founded Miramar Farms in late 2012 with the vision of serving both corporate and community leaders. In addition to building and running their own successful consulting firm for over 15 years, they each have unique leadership and board experience in the corporate, not-for-profit, and public sectors.
Jayne Battey is an entrepreneur and environmental leader with a track record of building highly successful teams in both the for-profit and non-profit areas. Over the past three years, Jayne’s professional focus has shifted to mentoring and advising organizational leaders with a mission to help develop high-functioning, sustainable leadership teams. In addition to her work at Miramar Farms, Jayne is a facilitator with the Stanford Graduate School of Business Women in Management program. Just prior to founding Miramar Farms, Jayne spent three years as the Director of Land and Environmental Management for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Prior to that, Jayne was the Executive Director of the Stewardship Council and Co-founder of Essex Environmental.
Mark Battey has over thirty years experience leading business, government and non-profit organizations. Mark was Chief Deputy Controller for California where he managed an $11 billion Revenue Anticipation Warrant bond sale, supervised the policy team for the Controller, and served on a variety of state finance boards including CalPERS and CalSTRS. He was co-founder and Managing Director for Essex Environmental, Inc., an environmental consulting company that was sold to TRC, Inc. in 2002.
Jered Lawson & Nancy Vail, Co-Founders & Co-Directors
Before co-founding Pie Ranch in 2003, Jered worked with various organizations in California that share a common goal of influencing the way people relate to themselves, each other and the land around them through the development of healthy, local and just food systems. Jered leads the organization's regional advocacy efforts, joins in farm operations, and works with the Board of Directors to raise the necessary support to fulfill the mission and infrastructure improvements of Pie Ranch. Jered lives on the farm with his partner Nancy and their children, Lucas & Rosa and loves to surf when time allows.
Nancy is a broadly experienced sustainable food systems farmer, advocate, educator and leader. Previous to co-founding Pie Ranch in 2003, Nancy worked on a number of farms abroad and throughout the United States, eventually landing at UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) where she farmed and taught for over a decade. Nancy is passionate about linking justice with food and farming efforts, leads the organization in strategic planning and oversees educational programs and farm production. Nancy lives at Pie Ranch with Jered and their children, Rosa and Lucas. She also enjoys playing fiddle at the monthly barn dance with the band, The County Line Pickers.
Potrero Nuevo Farm
Christine Pielenz, Owner
Christine hails from Germany. After coming to San Francisco in 1995 she founded the family foundation Potrero Nuevo Fund with her husband, Bill, which supports after-school arts education, school garden programs and sustainable architecture for low-income communities. She always has enjoyed growing her own vegetables; in 2008 she decided she needed more space to grow things and bought Potrero Nuevo Farm.
Root Down Farm
Dede Boies, Owner
Dede grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey and didn’t like even watering the house plants; let alone working in the garden. Yet, after graduating college and moving west to San Francisco, she discovered her love for being outside, getting dirty and growing food through WWOOFing in Hawaii and New Zealand.
In 2008, she moved to Pescadero to apprentice with Pie Ranch for two years. While at Pie, she was able to soak up knowledge from Jered and Nancy (and Lucas and Rosa) and learned a lot about vegetables, livestock, teaching and juggling through experiential learning. From there she worked at Harley Farms, overseeing their kidding operation, and caring for and raising the newborn goats.
After leaving Harley Farms for a season in Maine at Seal Cove Farm goat dairy, she was pulled back to California and introduced to Kate and Jeff and Echo Valley Farm in neighboring Loma Mar, CA. There she helped develop and manage their 7-acre mixed vegetable and animal farmstead, and gained a wealth of knowledge through their openness and willingness to try almost anything. She stayed at Echo Valley for three years before joining forces with P.O.S.T. and landing in this beautiful valley to start Root Down Farm.
Dede is passionate about humanely raising healthy, happy animals and her passion grows deeper when educating and connecting folks to the meat they chose to eat. Other than coaching high school basketball in the winter, running a farm, and snuggling the zoo inside the house, Dede also spends her time running the nearby trails, drinking cups of creamy black tea, talking about whats for dinner, and convincing folks she isn't Ellen Degeneres.
Tunitas Creek Family
Joanne Andreotti, Richard & David Holtz, Founders & Owners
Tunitas Creek Family Farm was formed in 1998 By Joanne Andreotti and her Sons Richard & David Holtz. They have continuously farmed their property without use of chemicals or synthetic pesticides, committing to growing quality produce in a natural way. Since then they have grown crops that include Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds, Corn, Peas, Beans, Garlic and Herbs. Crops have been marketed to consumers directly through delivery, Farmers Markets and on-farm sales. Wholesale purchases have been made by produce brokers, restaurants, small grocers and other farms. But to really appreciate how our farm came to be we have to honor our family's beginnings.
Joanne's father Dino Andreotti immigrated to Half Moon Bay in 1921 at the age of 17. He left his family in Molina di Quasa in the Tuscany region of Italy, to farm the fertile coastside. After 5 years of toil with partners, Dino set out on his own and began farming on Tunitas Creek Rd. He found much success with lettuce, peas, beans but especially his artichokes. He met Julia Benedetti and after a long courtship they married and moved their farming operations to Kelly Ave. His son Dino E. Andreotti still runs the Andreotti Family Farm with wife Terry and their children.
Joanne and her sons always had an affinity for the farm life. As children, Richard and David would sell pumpkins and gourds in front of their home on Main st during Pumpkin Festival weekend. When Joanne wed Gerald Marsh, they farmed and sold pumpkins and Fall decor at his Double M Farms pumpkin patch on Highway 92. Gerald had farmed pumpkins, hay, peas, and beans since he was child. He took great care to teach and impart whatever knowledge he could to Richard and David.
In 1998, we were able to acquire a piece of family history when one of the Tunitas parcels Dino farmed so long ago, became available. Since then our family has worked together to preserve traditional farming and incorporate sustainable practices to produce fresh, healthy produce. We are proud to be Certified Organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers.
Webb Family, Owners
Webb Ranch began in 1922, under the guidance of George Webb and his wife, Florence. George developed fields of strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, and delivered the produce to the local markets. Stanley Webb, the youngest of Webb Seniors six children, assumed management of the ranch in 1958, after completing service in the US Air Force.
Stan’s entrepreneurial spirit oversaw the growth of Webb Ranch, by expanding the farming produce to include crops of corn, green beans, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, bell peppers. In addition to the farming of produce, Stanley raised Red Oat Hay on the local Stanford University Lands.
Horse boarding to the public began in 1960, and has grown to our present day stable of 250 horses! Generations of equestrians have enjoyed the Webb Ranch and continue to do so today, contributing to the family atmosphere of the ranch life.
Webb Ranch has been owned and operated by the Webb Family since 1922, with the 5th generation currently living on and taking part in daily operations of the ranch. It is the Webb Family’s wish to continue with the family tradition of providing a warm, friendly, safe and fun family environment to the equestrian and equine friends and to continue to produce and provide the highest and freshest quality produce to our community and customers.
BJ Burns, Owner
Half Moon Bay Distillery
Ullie & Caesar Bisono
Ulli was born and raised in Austria in the northern Alps. Farmers in her hometown have been distilling fruit brandy for centuries – and some of them are still “moonshining” to this day, thereby avoiding steep liquor taxes stemming back to the days of the Habsburg emperors’ bureaucracy. Thankfully, the quality of the Austrian brandies has improved significantly, and Ulli is loading up her suitcases every time she travels back to Austria! After moving to California, Ulli became an attorney and small business owner, running a successful real estate company. Feeling the urge to re-invent herself at least once a decade, Ulli is now pursuing her dream of owning a distillery on the California coast.
Caesar was born and raised in New York, but he spent the summers of his childhood at his grandparent’s home in the Dominican Republic. True to his Dominican heritage, Caesar is a connoisseur of fine liquors – not only rum, but especially whiskey and gin are of great interest to him. Caesar spent his early career as a professional athlete – he was a jockey riding thoroughbred race horses. He moved on to managing a large Northern California equestrian event facility. During his travels to Austria with Ulli, he started working with a gold-medal winning Austrian distiller, who introduced him to the art of distilling.
Bart Colucci, Owner
Barterra Winery was founded in 2005, but our roots go back to 1901 when Bart's grandfather left his native Italy to seek a better life for his family in America. Bart inherited his grandfather's name 'Bartholomew Colucci' and his passion for good wine.
Bart has a nose (and palate) for exceptional wines, and he personally curates Barterra's selection of unique, premium wines from California wine country.
Clos De La Tech Winery
T.J. Rodgers, Owner & Winemaker
T.J. Rodgers is the owner and winemaker for Clos de la Tech. He has been making wine since 1996. Our first vineyard is the premier one-acre vineyard, Domaine du Docteur Rodgers, which produces only 100 cases of handcrafted Pinot Noir annually. Our second vineyard is Domaine Valeta, so high in the Santa Cruz Mountains that it snows, which produces only 200 cases of Pinot Noir annually. And, finally, our third vineyard, the renouned Domaine Lois Louise, which currently produces 1,500 cases of Pinot Noir annually and will produce 10,000 cases when in full production.
T.J. is also the founder, president, CEO, and a director of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. He is a former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and sits on the board of directors of high-technology companies, including, Bloom Energy (fuel cells), and Cypress EnviroSystems (energy-saving systems). He is a member of the board of trustees at Dartmouth College, his alma mater.
T.J. was a Sloan scholar at Dartmouth, where he graduated as Salutatorian with a double major in physics and chemistry. He attended Stanford University on a Hertz fellowship, earning a master's degree (1973) and a Ph.D. (1975) in electrical engineering.
Cuvee Wine Cellars
Paul Rogerville, Proprietor & Winemaker
After 25 years in the financial and corporate world, Paul spent the last 20 as owner of a successful construction company. Somewhere amidst running a business built on brick, concrete and plaster, he made the trek to Napa and thus began his love affair with grapes. In 1989, his friend Pat Smith introduced Paul to home winemaking and ten years later they made their first wine together.
Paul spent the majority of his free time over the past decade or so making wine and expanding his knowledge through classes at UC Davis, hands-on training and working with other accomplished winemakers. He has begun moving away from construction in order to become a full-time vintner, his true passion.
Flying Suitcase Wines
Vinther Family, Owners
Our fairytale begins in 2007 when winemaker Anders Vinther and his wife Vikki moved from Denmark to California with their 3 month old son, Kristoffer. As a Quality executive at a local biotech firm, Anders already had a solid background in biochemistry as well as a passion for good wines. With regular trips to the Wine Country, the couple never dreamed that one day they’d own their own winery and be producing award-winning wines. What began as an experiment with a colleague and fellow winemaker, became the winery’s first release, a 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Lodi, which would launch Flying Suitcase Wines.
La Honda Winery
Colin McNany, Winemaker
Colin McNany quickly established himself as La Honda’s head winemaker due to a startlingly clear talent and an ongoing series of award-winning wines. In 2012 Colin was invited onto the judging panel for Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Previously, Colin acquired significant expertise working alongside talented local winemakers at a number of local Santa Cruz Mountain wineries including Byington and Bargetto. He has also worked vintages at the world class Leeuwin Estate winery in Australia, the Martinborough winery in New Zealand and traveled extensively on wine expeditions to locations such as Chile and Argentina.
Colin is a graduate of University of California Santa Cruz in sustainable agriculture and viticulture. When not nurturing and hunting down the finest wines, Colin surfs the coast and dives for abalone.
John Benedetti, Owner & Winemaker
“Sante Arcangeli" is a person. Or, I should say, was a person. He was my Great Grandfather. He died in 1934 at the very young age of 47, but not before fathering 3 remarkable children and building an historic business on the north coast of California, in the small farming town of Pescadero. The children were Louise, Livia and Alfredo, and the business later became known as Arcangeli Grocery Company (aka Norm’s Market), a world-famous bakery and gourmet market, at the hands of Sante’s grandson, Norm Benedetti (my dad) and my mom Shirley. It’s now owned by Sante’s great grandchildren, my brothers, Mike and Don. I decided to name the winery after my Great Grandfather as a means of honoring all those in my family who came before me and provided me with the tools to do what I love to do.
Why the backstory?
Well, a byproduct of all of this was a wine cellar under “the store”. My dad began laying up some pretty sought-after French and California wines in the 70s, and turned me on to wine somewhat early in life. When most people my age were content with Natty Lite or Pabst, I was acquiring a taste for 20 year-old Chateauneuf du Pape. Problematic for a college kid on a college kid’s budget. The solution: start making my own. Why not, right? I mean, I lived smack in the middle of one of the best Pinot Noir growing regions on the planet. And, thanks to constant exposure to fine food and wine, I acquired a knack for making things taste good at a very early age.
I still believe that knowing your target is the single most important step toward making anything taste good. That means, in this case, enjoying great wine made by others almost constantly. Rough gig.
Having taught myself to brew beer in my late teens/early 20s, I segued to wine in my mid-30s after many years of successful and creative brewing, with the help of Ryan Beauregard ,the Brassfield family, and James MacPhail, all of whom acted in varying capacities as friends, mentors and teachers. It started as a hobby. Now it’s a hobby gone haywire. My first barrel of wine was pinot noir, fermented with native yeast, from a very rare Santa Cruz Mountains vineyard. Jumped right into the deep end of the pool, with a goal to make delicate, layered, nuanced pinot noir and chardonnay in Santa Cruz.
Thomas Fogarty & Michaela Martella, Founders & Owners
Thomas Fogarty Winery is borne of the confluence of innovation, opportunity and experience. Founders Thomas Fogarty and Michael Martella collaborated to create what was to become one of the most notable and celebrated Estate Wine Producers in California.
In 1976 Dr. Thomas Fogarty, a practicing heart surgeon and noted inventor of medical devices decided that he would dedicate his approximately 350 acres in the north end of the Santa Cruz Mountains to open space. For inclusion in the “Williamson Act”, the property would need an active agricultural purpose. The idea appealed to Dr. Fogarty, but he was undecided as to what types of crops he would cultivate. Initially, Dr. Fogarty considered planting the entire property to Kiwi fruit, but thankfully he reconsidered after a few fellow Stanford physicians introduced him to the wines of Burgundy and local producers David Bruce, Mount Eden and Ridge.
Once he had made the decision to plant the Estate to the cool-weather varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, a mutual acquaintance introduced Dr. Fogarty to Michael Martella, a fourth generation grape grower in California. In 1977 Martella and Fogarty began removing brush to plant the first two vineyards on the property. Over the next four years, with the occasional advice and guidance of Santa Cruz Mountain pioneers Jeffrey Patterson, Jim and Bob Varner and Jim Beauregard, the six “core” vineyards of the Fogarty Estate were planted.
The almost thirty acres under vine are today farmed organically with minimal (if any) irrigation, and the property remains in the Williamson Act, which means that the entire Estate of 350 acres is preserved as Heritage Oak and Fir forest.
Now, we carry forth the vision of our founders, Dr. Thomas Fogarty and Michael Martella, hand-farming and raising these wines from the small mountain vineyards of our Estate. We hope you will enjoy and share the passion for these small lots of lovingly created wines.
Scott Sisemore, Founder & Owner
Scott has over 23 years of experience in the Northern California wine industry. He learned premium red wine techniques from jobs at Ravenswood Winery, Rosenblum Cellars, and other highly respected California producers. He has also made wine abroad in India and Chile.
Most recently, before founding Waxwing, Scott served as associate winemaker at Pelligrini Family Vineyards. Scott earned a B.S. in microbiology from Oregon State University and an M.S. in viticulture and enology from UC-Davis.
In 2006, Scott left his commercial winemaking job to stay home with his newborn son. Using this as a chance to develop hand-crafted, ultra-small-lot wines, Scott founded Waxwing Wine Cellars. He chose to focus on the wine varietals that he knows and loves, particularly Pinot
Noir and Syrah from the Sonoma Coast.
Bob Mullen, Founder
Located in the hills above the San Francisco Bay, Woodside Vineyards has been family owned since its founding in 1963. We’re credited for being one the first wineries to pioneer the “boutique winery” movement in California, as well as the oldest winery in San Mateo County. Some of our vines are over a century old. Our grapes our grown on some of the most expensive land spread throughout Woodside California.
Our founder, Bob Mullen began producing wine from little more than one acre of grapes at the original Winery on Kings Mountain Road, in 1960. Three years later the winery became bonded, or licensed, to sell Bob's creations. We have grown to manage, harvest and produce wines from over 47 acres throughout the Woodside community.
Our premium Cabernet wines come from the legendary La Questa vines first planted by E.H. Rixford in 1884. At the time other California wine producers were selling their wines in bulk, Rixford cultivated his La Questa vines that were hand-carried from France to produce wine in the tradition of the famed Château Margaux winery. In 1915, his wine won a Gold Medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. The richness of Rixford's tradition is still evident in the premium estate grapes hand-crafted in the wine we produce today.
In addition to winemaking, our team of experienced Viticulturist has been developing the vineyards for the residents of Woodside for over two decades. From planning, design, installation and maintenance, they pay close attention to the intricacies of the plant, soil, water, and typography management to ensure each estate vineyard produces grapes to our winemaking standards.
Our award-winning winemaker, Brian Caselden, personally supervises the cultivation of the grapes through each stage of the process from harvest to bottling ensuring only the highest quality and vintage character year after year. All grapes are hand-picked and sorted into small lot production requiring minimal processing and gentle handling to ensure the highest quality of wine.