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All fine wines begin with outstanding fruit but great wines also require an artistic touch. My passion - and my challenge - is to use the palette of flavors from the vineyard to craft delicious wines that uniquely express their origins as well as my own personal style.
Jay Turnipseed, Director of Winemaking
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Marc Zaccaria — Head Winemaker

Marc joins Rutherford Wine Company with a strong background in California winemaking, with a focus on Napa and Sonoma. He was most recently the winemaker for Treasury Wine Estate’s Etude Wines. He gained experience with other brands such as Chateau St. Jean, Sledgehammer and Run Riot and has international experience with Wolf Blass in Barossa Valley.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Wine and Viticulture/Enology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Laura Buer — Assistant Winemaker

Laura joins Rutherford Wine Company with a strong understanding of California wine, with a focus on Napa Valley. She was most recently with Don Sebastiani & Sons where she held the role of Lab Tech II. She gained additional experience as harvest lab/winemaking intern with Napa Wine Company.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Boise State University, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Sonoma State University and a winemaking certification from the University of California, Davis.