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Gary BrookmanDirector of Winemaking

Gary Brookman’s love of wine didn’t start in a bottle, but in the vineyard. It was his fascination of science that led him into the fields, into the cellar and eventually straight to the top.

Born and raised in Southern California, after college, this Marine Biology major originally cut his teeth making wine in 1980 at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. It was there he worked with a myriad of varietals, constantly refining his skills with each passing harvest. In 1997, after a few other stints, he met Dave and Emily Miner and everything (and everyone) just clicked. Gary has been here since “day one” and there’s not much ground he hasn’t covered: winemaking, sales, window washer, press interviews, tour guide, ground maintenance, marketing strategist, in-house therapist…the list goes on and on. And in 2013, after 17 years at Miner, he was named General Manager.

More powerful than a Cabernet, able to leap tall tanks in a single bound; we think he’s super!