The wine bug bit Kammie while she was living in Alaska, of all places. Being an independent type, she had decided to bypass college, opting to take on warehouse and inventory tasks in Alaska’s oil fields. In her free time, she dabbled in the craft of making blueberry wine. After tasting a bottle of 1992 Williams Selyem Rochioli Pinot Noir, Kammie decided to leave the world of crude oil production behind to discover why the wines of Russian River Valley tasted so good. Her passion for Pinot led her to Williams Selyem as Warehouse Manager. Since joining us, she’s helped to keep the wine flowing to all our loyal customers.
Gone are the days of avalanche training and kayaking around calving glaciers. Now, Kammie finds herself cycling on the quiet back roads of Sonoma and tasting all the Pinot time and money allow.
Kammie’s Chocolate Lab, Bridger, who recently passed on, was a customer favorite during pickup weekends. Kammie credits Bridger with helping her become an avid backcountry skier, runner, and hiker. “Kam-skat-ka,” as her grandmother called her when she was a child, often raises a glass to Bridger, and that spirit of adventure that brought her to the Russian River Valley and the land of Pinot giants.
Kammie is related to Pieter Schuyler, the first mayor of Albany, New York and the head of the Albany Commissioners for Indian Affairs. He was also served as acting Governor of New York in 1709 and from 1719 – 1720.
Kammie is a big fan of the 2003 vintage, as she was “let out” of the warehouse to help with winemaking during that harvest. She loved donning hip waders and wading tanks, an experience she’ll never forget.