Bill began his career in the wine industry in 1996 working in the cellar at a small Dry Creek Valley winery specializing in Rhone and Italian varietals.
Bill soon moved on to the Russian River Valley to work for a large custom-winemaking facility. Initially hired to oversee a hard apple cider program, Bill quickly learned the fundamentals of commercial wine production - fermentation, aging, fining, blending and bottling - in a fast-paced, high-volume environment. Over the next five years Bill managed winemaking programs for a diverse portfolio of wineries.
In 2001, Bill concentrated his efforts on managing wine production for the rapidly growing Blackstone brand, eventually relocating to Sonoma Valley to oversee their new reserve micro-winery.
In July 2003, Bill joined Courtney Benham at his new Russian River Valley winery and has since worked to develop the Martin Ray and Angeline family of wines. Today, Bill and his team are dedicated to producing high quality, distinctive wines sourced only from premium vineyards.
As our Winemaking Consultant, Kerry works closely with the rest of our winemaking team, helping to create wines of style and finesse.
A Napa Valley native (his father founded Dutch Henry Winery), Kerry grew up with a passion for all things wine. In 1976 he graduated from the University of California Davis with a Bachelor of Science in fermentation Sciences. He is also a graduate of the Intensive Program for Small Business at Stanford University School of Business.
Kerry founded his wine industry consulting practice, Terroirs, Inc. in 1999. He and his team travel the world advising on vineyard development, vineyard and winery acquisition and winemaking. Kerry's most recent projects include serving as the Chief Wine Officer for Tastingroom.com and a new vineyard and winery operation in Costa Rica. We are proud to have him on our team!
After graduating from Bostonís Brandeis University, Dan Goldfield headed west to begin a career in research chemistry, with a few detours for skiing and hiking along the way. Always an outdoor enthusiast and adventurer, the life of lab work was quickly replaced with a dream of winemaking when his brother turned him on to the 1969 Burgundies. Dan entered the University of California at Davis, graduating with an M.S. in Enology in 1986. He gained knowledge on the job with stints at Robert Mondavi Winery and Schramsberg as well as winemaking in Portugal for two years. He found his passion in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, first as the winemaker at the Burgundian-focused La Crema Winery, and then at Hartford Court, which was created under his direction. Dan partnered with winegrower Steve Dutton to create Dutton-Goldfield Winery in 1998, with a mission to craft world-class wines that display the brightness of fruit, complexity, structure and balance that are reflective of our cool coastal home. Danís appreciation for the beauty, magnitude and personality of the extraordinary landscape around our home is reflected in his winemaking.
Jerry has been an invaluable part of the Martin Ray team since spring of 2010. As our Grower Relations Representative, he works very closely with our vineyards and contracted growers to ensure optimum grape quality, which helps the rest of our winemaking team to craft consistently excellent wines.
A Sonoma County native, Jerry grew up on a prune ranch in Santa Rosa, California and has had "the farming bug" for as long as he can remember. In 1975, Jerry started his career in Viticulture by working for Robert Hunter in the Sonoma Valley. He worked as a vineyard manager for 24 years, and then transitioned into grower relations. Prior to joining the team at Martin Ray Winery, Jerry spent 12 years working for Beringer-Foster's Wine Estates.
When not busy with grower relations, Jerry may be found working in his garden or cheering on his favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants.