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New Appointments at Mayacamas

Mayacamas, the historic Napa Valley vineyard and winery, has announced the addition of two exceptional experts to their distinguished team.

Brian Baker has been appointed General Manager of Mayacamas Vineyards. Prior to his appointment, Baker served as the VP Sales and Marketing at Chateau Montelena Winery in Calistoga, overseeing sales and marketing activities globally.  Baker’s background is grounded in traditional brand marketing with an emphasis in direct to consumer sales, CRM, technology and research. His entrée to the wine business was in 2004 when he was appointed Vice President Consumer Relationship Management at Jackson Family Wines in Santa Rosa, one of the first CRM Executive roles in Industry. He is a sommelier and holds a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) credential and is graduate of the University of Southern California.
Sean Kircher’s new role is Manager of Mayacamas’ exciting upcoming retail project (launching Fall 2018). Previously, he had been the Wine Buyer for Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley in Yountville.  Upon his graduation from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Wine and Viticulture, Kircher went straight into the vineyard side of the wine business at one of Sonoma County’s most famous wineries, Ferrari-Carano. He later took his experience with the vineyards and wineries to DEAN & DELUCA’s wine program, eventually leading the wine and spirits purchasing in St. Helena. Kircher holds the Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). 
Founded in 1889, Mayacamas stands as one of the most storied vineyards and winery operations in Napa Valley, CA, located high on the slopes of Mount Veeder. Since the 1950’s the vinification of Mayacamas wines has remained remarkably consistent with a continued commitment to employ classical techniques and tools that are integral to the character of the Mayacamas brand and product. 

In July 2013, Mayacamas was purchased by the Jay Schottenstein family, marking the beginning of a bright new era at Mayacamas. The Schottenstein’s will continue the Mayacamas legacy and distinguished 125 year history while simultaneously moving the brand into the future. Through meticulous restoration of the winery, a renewed focus on the details of great farming and winemaking and employing a highly skilled team including Winemaker Braiden Albrecht under the tutelage of Andy Erickson – one of the most accomplished winemakers of his generation, and Phil Coturri – renowned organic viticulturist, to oversee the process of replanting the vineyards and regenerating the soils; their vision is coming to fruition. For more information, visit:

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