meet our team
If you need to reach out to specific departments feel free to contact our team at the email addresses listed below. For general inquiries email us at email@example.com or call the tasting room at 805.239.2233
second generation of the family, andy started helping his parents with the day-to-day operation of the company in 2013; firstname.lastname@example.org
After studying economics at Colby College in Maine, Andy started his career working in finance for Cambridge Associates in Boston. He then moved to California and worked as a product manager in a small sunglass company in San Luis Obispo, earned his MBA from U.C. Berkeley and spent several years working in strategic planning for Levi Strauss & Company in San Francisco. His love for the central coast and the importance of the family business ended up being the catalyst for joining the team. Outside of work Andy bikes, climbs, smells glasses of red wine & wears puffy vests and old raggedy New Balance shoes to Winemaker dinners, cooks and spends time at home with his wife Carolyn and two year-old daughter Cora (a.k.a. the official wine sniffer).
a scientist by education whose love of the outdoors and the natural world lead him to winemaking. Patrick oversees our winemaking team, makes our wines from Bootjack Ranch and Heart Hill Vineyard and select wines from Jespersen Ranch.
Fresh out of UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Microbiology, Patrick worked his first harvest in 2000 at Orcutt Road Cellars. He spent the next several years working under venerated French winemaker, Christian Roguenant, where he developed a sincere respect for hands-on experience over book-learning when it comes to the art of winemaking. Patrick then headed to Santa Ynez, California, to become the head winemaker for Blackjack Winery where he focused on making small-production lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay. Patrick joined Niner Wine Estates in 2009 and was promoted to Winemaker in 2013. Outside of Niner, Patrick keeps busy cultivating new pursuits with his wife Heather, their 2 daughters, Kaylinn and Clare, and their Australian Shepherd, Bell. Patrick’s love of surfing has taken him all over the world and he is also an avid river rafter, backpacker and snowboarder.
a grapevine salesman, vineyard manager and enologist whose passion for pinot noir lead her to winemaking. molly makes our pinot noir and chardonnay from Jespersen Ranch.
After an introduction to the world of wine during a study-abroad in the South of France Molly had the bug. She began her education at the University of Minnesota and finished it at Cal Poly with a BS in Fruit Science and a Minor in Wine & Viticulture. In the 20 years since, she has methodically worked across several functions within the industry seeking to understand sales, vineyard science and winemaking-by-doing. In 2014, Molly came to Niner after working at Paul Hobbs Wines, where she was winemaker for the Crossbarn brand. In her spare time Molly enjoys spending time outside, crafting, and enjoying food and wine with family and friends. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband Daniel, and son Sawyer.
fourth generation grape farmer from the Napa Valley who visited paso robles and immediately saw its potential. Jason manages all three of our vineyards.
Growing up in rural Napa, Jason began farming at a very young age. “Agriculture, horticulture, viticulture – all I knew is that I wanted to do something where I could work outside on a farm.” Combining "boots on the ground" experience with formal education, Jason completed a degree in Horticulture and Fire Science at Solano College while working at various Napa nurseries. He then went on to earn a Viticulture and Enology degree at Napa Valley College and become the vineyard manager of Napa’s Flora Springs. He worked under the direction of Pat Garvey, Flora Springs co-founder and vineyard director, until he decided to migrate south to join Niner Wine Estates in early 2011. Jason lives in Paso Robles with his adorable dog, Kayla. Jason is a home-brewer, and has enjoyed this hobby for the last 20 years.
Patrick Martinez, Cellar Master
a cider maker in his spare time, patrick is fascinated by the creative, chemical and social “nuts and bolts” of wine production
Since 2007 Patrick has worked internationally for wineries on the Central Coast of California, Australia and New Zealand. In 2009 the endeavors led him to Niner Wine Estates. His work, observations and dynamic experiences give him a zeal for fermentations and the subtle/elaborate mesh they express. Outside of work, he can be found fishing, surfing and enjoying the beautiful coastline with his lovely family.
ALICIA WOOTEN, Wine Club Manager
Often the voice you hear on the other end of the telephone, Alicia manages all correspondence with our wine club members; email@example.com
Alicia has been part of the Niner Wine Estates team since the tasting room opened in 2010 and plays a vital role as Wine Club Manager. Alicia earned her Social Sciences Degree from San Jose State University, and then her Multiple Subject Credential from Chapman University. Alicia lives in Paso Robles with her husband, Brad, and their two children, Jake and Hannah and enjoys spending time with her family on the weekends and discovering one new Paso Robles winery each month.
Teresa Josserand, Tasting Room manager
A burst of vibrant energy wherever she goes, Teresa is responsible for day-to-day operations in our tasting room; firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa has been with the Niner team since the beginning of 2010. Prior to that, she had experience as both a Holiday Inn Catering Director, and a Catering Assistant at the Hilton. At Niner you can find Teresa pouring wine at the tasting room bar, assisting in a cooking class, and creating a welcoming environment for both staff and visitors. Teresa stays busy raising two teenagers, developing healthy recipes, and hiking across the Central Coast.
CHRISTINE NIELSEN, TASTING ROOM LEAD
a self-proclaimed gardening geek and lover of anything with leaves or flowers, christine is in charge of daily tasting room activities & making our guests happy; email@example.com
Christine grew up in Huntington Beach and relocated to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly and pursue her gardening passion. She earned a degree in Environmental Horticultural Science and a minor in Wine & Viticulture. Christine has since moved on to work across both industries, including time in the cellar at Orcutt Road Cellars in Edna Valley and as a vineyard lab technician at Pacific Vineyard. She came to Niner Wine Estates in 2012 to work as a harvest intern, and the rest is history.
Jay Nickodemus, Tours & Experiences Manager
a wine & plant lover with a knack for hospitality, you can often find Jay behind our tasting room bar or giving tours of the winery & surrounding vineyards; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay grew up in Idaho, making his way through Oregon and Colorado before moving to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly to pursue a degree in Wine & Viticulture. He began working at Niner in early 2013 as a tasting room associate and has recently taken over all of our tours & reserve tastings. When not at the winery you can find Jay driving between San Luis Obispo and LA. When not breathing Carbon Monoxide, Jay can be found drinking Carbon Dioxide in an ever delicious bottle of Champagne.
SAM MATTHEWS, RESTAURANT & EVENTS MANAGER
a world traveler with a passion for food and wine, sam is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our restaurant and our special events; email@example.com
Sam’s love of hospitality, food & wine has brought him to all parts of the world. Starting, as he thinks everyone should, at the bottom - picking weeds & washing dishes - his progression through this industry has become the passion in his life. This passion has taken him to managing different aspects of food & wine programs in New Zealand, Australia, France & now Paso Robles. Sam lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife and two dogs.
ANDREW MAY, EVENTS COORDINATOR
Known as “a-MAY-zing” around here, Andrew is in charge of coordinating all the moving parts that go into food & wine events here at Niner; firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew was born & raised on the Central Coast and began working in restaurants at a young age. He continued his food & wine experiences while he attended College at California State University Chico where he earned a degree in Event Management & Hospitality. He worked at a number of restaurants & wine bars where he developed a deep passion for food, wine & hospitality - recently capped off with his Sommelier Certification. When not at work you can find him sussing out the best farm-to-table fare at local restaurants or at the local gym brushing up on his Zumba skills.
Director of Sales, Tucker Spear
With wine running through his veins, tucker’s unparalleled passion for fine wine can be experienced by those that he meets while traveling and promoting Niner Wine Estates.
Tucker inherited his passion for the wine industry at a very young age from his mother, who worked in international wine sales. He attended San Diego State University and graduated with a degree in Applied Design. Tucker’s work in the wine industry began as a sales representative for a wine distributor before spending the next ten years as Regional and National Sales Management positions at Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg, and Fantesca Estate and Winery in St. Helena. During his tenure at Fantesca, Tucker assisted in the launch of this fledgling brand, building a distribution network, growing direct sales and exceeding all projected goals. Tucker resides in San Diego with his wife Sarah and two sons, Preston and Parker.