A deep affection for the outdoors and being active convinced Rachel at a young age that she did not want a “desk job.” It wasn’t until she found herself having conflicting thoughts about what to major in as a student at UC Davis that she discovered the potential of having a career in wine.
She was immediately drawn to an education in viticulture and winemaking after taking some introduction courses at UC Davis and loving the blend of science, agriculture, and creativity. Classes that were taught in the vineyard was an attractive alternative to a classroom and she was hooked! After graduating, she worked harvests at Round Pond in Napa Valley and in McLaren Vale, Australia. She worked as an intern in the lab at Williams Selyem in 2018 and was thrilled to be invited to be part of the team full-time.
When she isn’t running chemical analyses in the lab or grabbing grape samples from the vineyard, Rachel is an avid triathlete and spends lots of time swimming, cycling, and running. She loves watching the San Francisco Giants, is a certified coffee snob, and aspires to have an extensive flower garden.
The best part about her job is creating a product that will be enjoyed at so many occasions with friends and family for years to come. It’s the hands-on job that allows her to use all her senses everyday to make exceptional wines from exceptional fruit.