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Featured Interview: Sean Foster, Senior Winemaker for both Merryvale and Starmont
February 4, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sean Foster grew up in the San Francisco bay area, in San Jose and Saratoga. “This is a cosmopolitan area with great food and great wine,” says Sean. “I can remember visiting wineries as a child in the Santa Clara Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains with my parents. It made a lasting impression on me.”
Sean earned his degree in Biochemical Engineering at UCLA. “I started brewing beer in the basement at college and toyed with the idea of becoming a brewer. After reading an article on the wine industry, I realized this was the career for me. In 1992 I did an internship at Merryvale under Bob Levy, the winemaker at the time. A year later I took a full-time job in quality control. I did everything from scrubbing drains, filling barrels, emptying barrels, putting on capsules by hand on the bottling line and operating every piece of equipment imaginable. It was a great learning experience.”
In 2002, Sean was hired as the winemaker for Peju Province Winery. Four years later, he returned as Senior Winemaker for both Merryvale and Starmont.
Learn more at www.merryvale.com/people/sean-foster