How does a Winemaker become a Winemaker? The starts with that special glass. Or family. Or maybe a calling. For this podcast we spoke with nine winemakers from all over the US and let them tell you, their story.

Winemakers interviewed for this podcast are:

-John Terlaro/Principal, Terlato Wines, Chicago

-Katy Wilson/Winemaker, Sonoma

-Reilly Keenan/Assistant Winemaker, Keenan Family Winery, Napa Valley

-Dan Warnshuis/Owner & Winemaker Utopia Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon

-Ashley Trout/Owner & Winemaker, Brook & Bull Winery, Walla Walla, Washington

-Chuck Klimek/Home Winemaker & Grape Grower, Wisconsin

-Delia Viader/Owner, Viader Vineyards & Winery, Napa Valley

-Cary Gott/Owner, Cary Gott Vineyards & Winery Estates, Napa Valley

-Eric Cotton/Co-Owner & Winemaker, Silver Crest Winery, Madison, Ohio

Written by Ray Fister


  1. Tom Payette : Winemaking Consultant September 21, 2021 at 10:18 am

    I started by obtaining a Food Science Degree and then working in cellars at minimum wage. Working my way up.
    Having hands on cellar experience with the science background was perfect plus there is some natural artistic attributes that just seem innate in me. My family history goes back to the Bordeaux region. Aquitaine.

    Tom Payette
    Winemaking Consultant

  2. Ray Fister September 21, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Tom, thanks for your note! If you are interested in appearing on our podcast, please send me an email