Welcome to Pat Paulsen Vineyards
Founded by Sonoma County vintner Pat Paulsen and his wife Jane in 1971, Pat Paulsen Vineyards garnered tremendous praise and a wide following. By 1976, Pat Paulsen Vineyards was featured prominently as a vineyard designate, with wineries such as Pedroncelli Winery and Chateau St. Jean. The flagship wine, an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon earned many gold medals throughout the years, taking “Best of Show” awards at prestigious competitions.
After establishing the winery as a serious player in the premium wine field, Pat Paulsen Vineyards released some very successful fun wines playing on Pat's dead pan humor, such as Refrigerator White, White House White, and American Gothic Red. Twenty years later, Pat’s son Montgomery (Monty) Paulsen, a graduate of the UC Davis School of Winemaking and Duke Fuqua School of Business, has revived the winery and the brand.
The winery has moved to Napa, with private event space and offices in Oakland, and a tasting room in Livermore to continue the tradition of producing outstanding wines of great value and serious quality. Teaming with his partner in crime, Gigi Benson, they aim to top the legacy they've inherited with "each and every bottle."
MONTGOMERY PAULSEN, PRESIDENT & WINE MAKER
Monty Paulsen, owner and winemaker of Pat Paulsen Vineyards, is taking over where his father left off.
Active in all areas of the original family business, from the initial vineyard planting to the final sale of the winery, Monty went on to establish himself as an award winning winemaker, entrepreneur, and industry operations expert. He has revived the family brand and brought new life to the business.
His accomplishments creating new product lines, implementing global brands, managing boutique to million-case facilities, and facilitating major transitions, (such as the $105 million sale of Rosenblum Winery to Diageo) provide an inexhaustible resource in his pursuit to make fine wine in a variety of markets. Monty is a frequent lecturer and instructor in enology, winery business management, and sensory analysis. From prestigious academic institutions to Chinese consortiums he continues to develop training and educational programs for cellar, lab, an winemaking staff. As a consultant he provides guidance to winemakers and businesses needing assistance streamlining production to enhancing their product and profitability. Building on his deep relationships with vintners and family winemakers, he has rolled out over 18 varietals in less than three years, garnering over 20 awards, and opened two tasting room venues in the Bay Area. Obviously, he is driven to top the Pat Paulsen Vineyards legacy with "each and every bottle."
GIGI BENSON, WINEMISTRESS
Marketing & Development
Gigi has driven the PPV marketing charge, trumpeting PPV's mission to build the brand and move their product to market. Keeping up with Monty's prolific penchant for new releases she rolls out strategic marketing initiatives, designs new labels, builds our social media audience, and climbs the barrels with the wine thief when called for. From creating collateral to cultivating a cellar rat couture, she calls on her 20 years building business in the corporate sector and performing arts arena to leave them wanting more. Websites, wine clubs, tasting rooms or sales - she takes it all on... "one glass at a time."
Terri brings an appreciation and zest for life to every project she undertakes. With experience in many different industries, from wine to coffee, entertainment to textiles, or event production to hospitality. As Pat's manager she learned the ropes first hand on the entertainment circuit and continues to guard the family legacy assisting with networking, tasting and business development. Please visit the Pat Paulsen website to learn more about the Pat Paulsen fan club and library of his work.
DENNIS WALKER, SALES CONSULTANT
Dennis is a seasoned independent sales representative. He is experienced in international and domestic sales, having established entities in the Middle East, Indonesia, Europe, China, Australia and US plus and is a general wine enthusiast. The Walker family has enjoyed the friendship of the Paulsen family for many years and especially Monty's fantastic gift of producing quality wines.
AJMAL JACKSON-BROWN, WEB DESIGN COORDINATOR
Ajmal has been studying marketing and advertisement at Hampshire College. His unique approach to the topic allows him to explore the history and development of stereotypes, icons, and the exchange between media and politics. His recent experience creating events and corresponding marketing campaigns to be introduced and executed across 23 accredited universities exemplifies his ambition and talent... which we at PPV Wines have absolutely embraced!
OUR GUEST VINTNERS
DWIGHT BUSALACCHI, MIO VIGNETO
Born into a family of home winemakers from Italy, Dwight studied soil science related to viticulture and timber operations in the 1980's. He received US and foreign patents for the development of an irrigation control system for vineyards facing limited water resources. After 20 years helping others in the business, he planted his own quarter acre vineyard to study grape quality based on irrigation scheduling. Entrepreneurial as ever, he invented a fermentation controller specifically for white and Rose' wines. 2009 marked his first planting of a commercial vineyard Mio Vigneto, in Lodi.
STEFANIE JACKSON, VIRGO CELLARS
Stefanie is an award-winning winemaker with ten years experience crafting boutique wines, as well as founder of her own private label Virgo Cellars. Specializing in small lots of high-end Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, she brings a finely tuned sensory expertise to PPV Wines. When you couple this with her astute attention to detail and extensive working knowledge of the entire winemaking process you'll appreciate why her wine has become so favored in such a short amount of time on the market.
STEVE WELCH, RANCHO LAS JUNTAS
Steve is a fifth generation grower on his vineyard in Martinez, Contra Costa County, Rancho Las Juntas. His emphasis on balanced fruit and foliage growth, optimized fruit exposure, moderate vine water stress, and timely ripening shines through in his high quality Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wines.
PART TIME TASTING ROOM TEAM MEMBER
Pat Paulsen Vineyards is looking for a friendly, outgoing, and sales minded tasting room team member for weekend afternoons. Our ideal candidate will be a personable person genuinely interested in the wine culture, who has great follow through and amazing customer service skills. We have a great team and seek a team player, self-starter, multi-tasker and hard worker who appreciates "fine wine for fun times".
Our Livermore Tasting Room Associates must commit to a minimum of 4 shifts a month, with additional hours for special events as needed.
• Knowledge and enthusiasm about wine
• Prior experience in customer service and sales in the retail hospitality industry, preferably a wine tasting room
• Outgoing personality combined with outstanding sales skills
• Professional demeanor
• Ability to work well individually and within a team environment
• Possess basic computer/ register skills
• Must be over 21, able to lift 35lbs and stand for extended periods of time
• Must be able to work Saturday/Sunday Hours 1:00 - 6:00 pm, and some holidays and evening events when possible.
• Welcome and engage visitors to the tasting room
• Pour wine tastes while educating guests about wines and the winery’s story
• Promote and sell PPV Wine Club membership
• Process sales on POS system
• General duties such as restocking wine, labeling, cleaning stemware, etc.
• Participate & assist with special events and have fun!
- $10.00+ an hour
- Wine Club signup bonus
- TRT discount on wine purchases
Please submit your resume in confidence to Gigi Benson, including a cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls please, we will contact you directly to pursue the opportunity.
Pat Paulsen Vineyards is an equal opportunity employer.