Winemaker + Director of Operations
Although Brian cranked out a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and has spent the last twelve years in the wine business, he feels the honeymoon’s not nearly over. From internships at Iron Horse Vineyards in Sonoma, Salitage in Pemberton, Australia, and Napa Wine Company in Oakville to his first full time gig as an Enologist at Trefethen Vineyards, Brian learned how to make technically sound, vineyard driven wines that expressed fruit qualities over those of winemaking manipulation. After two and a half years of grunt and gristle, he decided to focus on ultra-premium small production winemaking at Vineyard 29 in Napa Valley, then moving to the newly built Round Pond Estate Winery where he remained for seven vintages. As if that weren’t enough to keep him satiated, Brian was concurrently offered the opportunity to lead a small team in developing the ONX program in the heart of the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles. In the Spring of 2014, Brian turned his full focus to ONX Wines, as Winemaker and Director of Operations. His coals remain fully stoked.
Having lived in the LA Beaches, Singapore, Western Australia, Switzerland, Wisconsin, and Texas, Brian is undoubtedly the most worldly member of the team here at ONX. However, for a man that grew up idolizing He-Man and the 1982 movie version of Conan the Barbarian as a child, he has a acquired a love for delicacy in his adult life, frequently enjoying crisp Alsatian whites, Australian Rieslings, throwing pottery, and, of course, making mix-tapes.