They say that great wine is made in the vineyard, though we believe that an equally great team is also key. This year, we had the pleasure of working with three wonderful interns. Get to know the hands (and faces) behind our 2022 vintage.
Christoff comes to us from a small town just outside of Vienna. His uncle has a small vineyard just an hour away in the Wachau, where he worked two harvests prior to coming to us this year.
“I’m excited about the different processes of the different vineyards, and to learn a lot about red wine, because I’ve never worked with red wine before,” he says. Christoff has equally enjoyed the community here in the Santa Rita Hills, and we’ve loved having him along for the ride.
"Making great wine starts with great fruit. Sashi and his team share that philosophy and I was thrilled to see how closely the cellar and the vineyard work together. Not just good communication, but friendships are what make this place —and the wines—so special. Still, great fruit alone doesn’t make amazing wines. The people here thoroughly enjoy what they do and I believe this shines through in the wines and ensures the fruit reaches its full potential. I had a blast working here and am looking forward to visiting my old harvest family in the future.”
Hailing from Bermuda by way of Atlanta, Taurean brings a slew of sommelier and beverage director experience our way. He was first introduced to Sandhi wines at a past on-premise job, followed by Evening Land Wines, and Domaine de la Côte. Although offered other harvest gigs in the past, 2022 marks Taurean’s first harvest. “It’s been super fun and eye opening. I’m most excited to actually see the process of getting fruit in, all the way through fermentation, and watching that juice turn into wine,” he says. Fun fact: His favorite song to work throughout the 2022 season has been Happiness by The 1975.
"Working with this team shows that intention and collaboration are the backbone of winemaking. Wine is a Polaroid snapshot of time and place and we are working together to hold the camera straight.”
A Burgundy native, Louis-Auguste Duband a.k.a. Loulou is no stranger to great wine. He comes to us from a small village near Nuits-Saint-Georges and 2022 marks his sixth official harvest. “I’m excited to learn about different ways of making wine, and to learn about the evolution of our variety (Pinot Noir) in different climate conditions,” he says.