Orrin has a rather romantic-sounding job title, but if you’ve spent any time in the cellar, you know the romance of being a Cellarmaster is tempered by the effort required to work on a crush pad or rack the barrels.
Orrin was quick to trade-in his cushy roles as a Food & Beverage Manager at Mount Vernon Country Club and Purchasing Manager of the Bohemian Club after he discovered his true passion—working with handcrafted wines and connecting with dedicated winemakers. Once he decided to take the leap, he joined Williams Selyem as a harvest intern, and a life of wine-stained jeans and climate-controlled cellars jumped into high gear. Orrin’s next harvest took him to the southern hemisphere, working among the red grapes of the Barossa Valley. With more experience under his belt, Orrin was welcomed back to William Selyem just moments before his faux Aussie accent became too obnoxious.
Orrin counts Pinot Noir as a favorite wine, but he’s also a friend of the diverse flavors of Grenache, appreciating its ability to stand on its own or become part of a memorable blend found anywhere in the world.
On weekends you’ll find them hanging out by the BBQ with his wife Erin and their two mutts, Jack and Bailey. Orrin possesses an innate ability to grill anything to perfection, which relates back to his philosophy on making wine—science can only take you so far and after that, you have to trust your instincts.
Orrin was born in 1983; Russian River Valley Pinot that year was noted for being, “lovely and balanced” and “lighter in style.”