Leadership

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A Team Committed to Excellence

No Shortcuts. World-class wine. An honest voice of our vineyard.

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GREG BREWER

Founder, Winemaker

Greg Brewer’s primary focus in the winery is the pursuit of refinement. He is engaged in every aspect of his work, from vineyard to market, and every level of the process is given equal priority. To him, a mindful approach where strategic and efficient actions are taken to incorporate the needs of the entire ecosystem creates a confident and calming environment, a space where everyone and everything is appreciated. The goal is the beauty and synchronicity of the system. The result is wine that is honest and driven, expressive of the place and the team who collectively steward them.

Greg has always followed a distinct and deliberate arc in his work, where the priority is service, subtracting extraneous elements and minimizing the insertion of self. He reveres the repetitive and monastic nature of the winemaking craft, and after 25 years in the business is firmly committed to the immediate task at hand. This focus shifts the motivation behind the wine from ego towards humility. For Greg, it is only along this path that the resultant product conveys the sincerity and vulnerability that is his goal, both personally and professionally.

Greg started his career as a French instructor at UC Santa Barbara before being trained in wine production at Santa Barbara Winery starting in 1991. He created his eponymous label, Brewer-Clifton with original partner Steve Clifton in 1996 and later designed Melville where he worked as winemaker from its inception in 1997 through the end of 2015. Greg additionally created diatom focusing on starkly raised Chardonnay, as well as Ch.igai Takaha, which is marketed predominantly in Japan. The entirety of his career has been committed to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, which he helped to map, define and establish in 1997.

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KEN FREDRICKSON

Partner, Master Sommelier

Ken is a member of the elite international Court of Master Sommeliers and he currently operates Tenzing an artisanal wine and spirits importer and wholesaler in Chicago Illinois.  At Brewer-Clifton Ken’s primary focus is to manage the strategic winery initiatives including investor relations, finance, operations and sales and marketing.
Fredrickson reached the ranks of Master Sommelier in 2000 following critical acclaim for his wine programs while working alongside world-renowned chefs Charlie Trotter, at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and Las Vegas and Wolfgang Puck, at Spago and Chinois.

Ken was raised on a horse farm in Idaho and his adventurous spirit and passion for food and drink have led to extensive international travel.  Ken enjoys collecting and drinking wine and he is also an avid cyclist and amateur triathlete.  An Ironman “Silver” All World Athlete in the 2013 season culminated with an invitation to race Kona as an Ironman Foundation representative.  In 2013 Ken was the largest individual fund raiser worldwide for the Ironman Foundation surpassing $50,000.00 in support of the Mayo Clinic’s research in mood related illness.

Fredrickson has been a host lecturer for the Taste of Vail and has served as a featured speaker at the Texas Sommelier Conference, Jackson Hole Wine Auction, Telluride Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival and the American Distillers Institute Conference. In November of 2016 Ken will be a host of the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival in Turks and Caicos.

He focuses his charitable efforts in support of advanced research into bipolar and mood related illness through the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN and No Kid Hungry Chef Cycle.