Winemaker — hearthill vineyard & bootjack Ranch
A scientist by education, Patrick graduated with a degree in Microbiology from UC Santa Barbara. He then began his career in winemaking in the early 2000s, with stints working under venerated French winemaker, Christian Roguenant and Blackjack Winery among others. Patrick joined our team in 200 and was eventually promoted to Winemaker in 2013. 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.
Winemaker — 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.
Hospitality General Manager
Amanda graduated with a Biology degree from The University of Virginia and proceeded to travel the United States, working across a variety of roles in luxury hospitality. From Wine Education at Cakebread Cellers in Napa Valley, to Pastry Chef at Michael Richard’s Citrus in Hollywood California, to the Director of Food and Beverage at the Dream South Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida; Amanda has seen it all. The beauty (and relative quiet) of the Central Coast ultimately captured her heart and she joined Niner Wine Estates in 2021. When not at work Amanda can be seen heckling otters in Morro Bay and hunting for wabbits with her dog, Witmer.
Wine Club Manager
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. Chances are she is the voice on the other end of the phone when you call us! Alicia graduated with a Social Sciences Degree from San Jose State University, and then her Multiple Subject Credential from Chapman University. After working as a teacher, she eventually found a second career in the wine industry. 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.
Emily graduated with a Biology degree from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She quickly fell in love with the area and decided to call it home. After spending years in the hospitality industry as everything from a server to a Pastry Chef, Emily joined the Niner team in 2018. She now manages our private events and wedding programs, and is the person to talk to if you are planning a special event at our estate. In her free time, Emily enjoys getting the most out of Central Coast living by scuba diving, camping and walking her two dogs along the beach.
Jacob leads our kitchen team and is responsible for the delicious, farm inspired dishes that you enjoy during your visits. He has worked for many well-known restaurants around the world, including the 3 Michelin Star Manresa Restaurant, Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn and the Big Sur Bakery. He moved to Bali in 2015 with his wife Fiona (who he met while she was managing Manresa’s farm) and their two young children to open and operate Parachute Bali – a bakery, farm and restaurant in Indonesia. While abroad he also managed to compete and win Iron Chef Indonesia: Crab! Jacob’s free time is all about spending time with his family; adventuring around the Central Coast, eating and drinking and enjoying the sunshine and salty ocean air.
Executive Sous Chef
Born in Texas and raised in Jackson Mississippi, Ian originally dabbled with theater in high school but transitioned to working in a kitchen as a part-time job and never looked back. A few years after high school, he decided to move to California and lucky for us he landed in Paso Robles. Ian has been at Niner since 2016 and his presence has been essential in developing the food and wine program into what it is today. Indeed, many of the elements of our current program are his projects, including our fresh baked focaccia and house made vinegar. In his free time Ian is dedicated to educating himself, working towards getting a Bachelor of Science degree.
Fiona manages the magic of our on-site Chef’s garden and crafts beautiful, estate inspired products for our guests to enjoy. Her background is in graphic design & marketing, and she has always been passionate about community food systems and local ingredient sourcing. In 2008 she left her design career to become the General Manager of the farm for the 3< Michelin star Manresa Restaurant in California. She has held positions as the Ecology Program Director at Post Ranch Inn and as a farm consultant for the Restaurant at Meadowood and the Big Sur Bakery. She moved to Bali in 2015 with her husband Jacob (who she met while they both worked at Manresa) and their two young children to open and operate Parachute Bali – a bakery, farm and restaurant in Indonesia. When not in the garden, you can find Fiona spending time with her family, creating ceramic pieces and hiking.
SALES & General Management
Director of sales
Tucker inherited his passion for the wine industry at a very young age from his mother, who worked in international wine sales. He graduated from San Diego State University before beginning his wine career working as a sales representative for a wine distributor. He then spent ten years in both regional and national sales management positions at Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards in Healdsburg, and Fantesca in St. Helena. When he’s not traveling and spreading the word about what we’re up to at the winery, Tucker resides in San Diego with his wife Sarah, two sons Preston and Parker and their dog Kinsley.
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 in 2013. Outside of work Andy bikes, climbs, wears vests in unseasonably warm weather, cooks and spends time exploring with his daughter Cora (9-year old nature girl) and son Callan (1.5-year old wrecking ball).