"Every detail is important. If we overlook even one simple element we risk all the hard work we have put into the wine for the past months, even years."
After more than a decade working on the winemaking team under Domaine Carneros founding winemaker Eileen Crane, Zak stepped into the role of sparkling winemaker in 2020. Before discovering his passion for winemaking, Zak spent years working as a forestry scientist, but following his first harvest at fellow Carneros winery Saintsbury Vineyards, he was hooked. Zak went on to work harvests abroad in New Zealand and Chile, returning home to join the team at Domaine Carneros in 2008. At the time, he was focused on still winemaking and mastering Pinot Noir, but under Crane’s guidance, Zak developed a deep fascination and appreciation for sparkling and never looked back.