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At Domaine Carneros, our team employs decades of experience in fine winemaking and sustainable farming across the globe to uphold the winery’s 33-year legacy as one of the top sparkling wine estates in North America.

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Zak Miller

Sparkling Winemaker

"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.

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TJ Evans

Pinot Noir Winemaker

“The dirt is the arbiter of quality, but the clone is going to express the personality of the wine. It’s all about getting a diversity of foundational flavors that you can play with to make the wines. I think it’s a critical element.”

TJ joined the winemaking team at Domaine Carneros in 2008 to oversee the winery’s still winemaking program, which is focused on Pinot Noir. Prior to joining Domaine Carneros, TJ earned his master’s in enology at UC Davis and spent a decade cutting his teeth at top estates all over the world, from France to New Zealand to Chile. In California, TJ worked internships at Napa Valley icons Robert Mondavi and Far Niente, but it was in Sonoma that he refined his passion for Pinot Noir, working as a winemaker at La Crema in Russian River Valley and Alderbrook Winery in Dry Creek Valley. He’s now spent more than 10 years crafting quality Pinot Noir at Domaine Carneros from Napa’s cool-climate Carneros region.

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Remi Cohen

CEO

“When I met with Eileen Crane to learn more about her retirement and the search for her successor as CEO, I knew the position was the perfect fit for me. My career began in Carneros and I have always loved the people, the wines, and the beauty of the region.”

In 2020, Remi Cohen joined the Domaine Carneros family as CEO, taking over from illustrious founding winemaker and former CEO Eileen Crane and continuing the winery’s tradition of visionary female leadership. Remi has 20 years of wine industry experience and began her career on the winemaking and viticulture side before pursuing her MBA in finance to complement her master’s in viticulture from UC Davis. Remi spent the first 10 years of her career working in the Carneros AVA, with stints at Saintsbury, Bouchaine, and Merryvale and Starmont, culminating with her role as Vice President of Merryvale. Remi was most recently at Cliff Lede Vineyards, where she was promoted from Director of Winemaking and Vineyards to VP of Operations to COO. After ten years with Cliff Lede, Remi’s passion for Carneros has brought her full circle to Domaine Carneros, where she is especially focused on furthering the winery’s fastidious commitment to sustainability.

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Alberto Zamora

Vineyard Manager

“My passion has always been vineyards. You really have to be very attentive to make sure you deliver a clean crop to the winery.”

Alberto joined Domaine Carneros as vineyard manager in 2012, but his career in viticulture has spanned more than 30 years. He got his start at Jarvis Estate, where he spent 10 years working as the vineyard manager, property manager, and eventually, winery manager, and even had the opportunity to study under wine and viticulture icons like Tchelistcheff. Since then, he has managed diverse terroir in vineyards all over California, including Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, the Sonoma Coast, and Paso Robles. His passion for sustainable farming first sparked two decades ago at Simi Winery, where he helped to develop the widely-recognized Fish Friendly Farming accreditation program. Today, Alberto oversees a vineyard team of 13 people at Domaine Carneros, which farms 412 acres of vines across six estate sites and upholds the winery’s steadfast commitment to sustainable and organic farming. Alberto is an active member of the Napa Valley Farmworker foundation, which supports vineyard workers through education and professional development.