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Featured Interview: Julianne Laks, Winemaker at Cakebread Cellars
February 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Julianne Laks was appointed Cakebread Cellars’ winemaker in 2002, becoming only the third winemaker in the winery’s 40-year history and the only non-family member to hold the position. She joined Cakebread in 1986 as a part-time enologist, later becoming full time – and then, assistant winemaker to Bruce Cakebread. Julianne was promoted to winemaker when Bruce became president and COO, succeeding his father, Jack.
While Julianne’s winemaking skills may have qualified her for the position, it was her passion and intimate understanding of the vineyards that enabled her to follow in Bruce’s footsteps. Even her childhood experiences seemed to point her toward a career in winemaking.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she had an affinity for chemistry and loved conducting science and baking experiments in her parents’ kitchen. Julianne’s father was an engineer who worked with wineries, and Julianne and her siblings frequently accompanied their father on visits to wine country.