“Being a winemaker sounded like a pretty cool thing to do.” Many have had this thought after a tasting trip to Sonoma County, but Patrick is one of the rare few to turn the dream into a career. Patrick started his journey at UC Davis in the Biological Sciences program, intending to graduate from medical school. All was going along pretty well until the day Patrick came to a big discovery―medicine wasn’t what he really wanted to do. Fortunately, UC Davis offered one of the best Viticulture and Enology programs in the world, which Patrick enrolled in and graduated from in 2009, starting a cellar internship the very next harvest with a local Davis winery. After a harvest with Joseph Phelps in 2009, Patrick joined the Williams Selyem team in 2010, jumping into a new role two months before the crush.
Patrick believes there is always something new to learn, in the vineyard and in life, so it’s no surprise that he enjoys visiting other grape-growing regions, like Napa and Anderson Valley, to keep his perspective sharp. His favorite varietal is Pinot Noir, for the way it transparently demonstrates the place it was grown, for its ability to be enjoyed young and for its tenacity to spend 10 years or more in a cellar.
When you come over to Patrick and his wife Anna’s house for a visit on a weekend, some ribs will be on the barbecue, Built to Spill will be playing over the stereo and there might be a growler of Russian River Brewery’s Row 2, Hill 56 chilling in the fridge.
Patrick was born in the year 1986 and the Pinots of that year were remarked for their, “honey drizzle,” “chocolate bramble” and a “tart cherry palate.”