The staff at Meyer Family Cellars is small and close-knit. Due to the limited production of Meyer Family wines, the daily responsibilities around the winery are carried out by Winemakers, Matt and Karen Meyer and a small handful of employees:
Tony Poer, Sales Manager Email Tony
Sales Manager Tony Poer got his start in the wine business after college when he spent a year as garçon at Willi's wine bar in Paris. In 1992 he moved to San Francisco to pursue a retail and restaurant wine career. He spent 2000 to 2003 as wine buyer for Hayes and Vine, a popular Civic Center wine bar.
Today Tony, his wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Lucie, live in Napa Valley. He enjoys visiting accounts all over Napa Valley for Meyer Family Cellars.
Jo Ann Aronson, Tasting Room Host Email Jo Ann
Jo Ann is a familiar face to Yorkville residents, as she is the retired Postmaster of the Yorkville Post Office. Jo Ann warmly welcomes guests to the tasting room and is often heard swapping stories about faraway travel, fine food and local flavors. She is also responsible for many of the administrative duties at the winery.
When not at the winery, Jo Ann and her husband, avid music lovers, can usually be found enjoying live music throughout the greater Bay Area.
Jay Newcomer, Facility Manager Email Jay
Jay joined the Meyer team in December of 2004 to help Matt with the ever expanding landscape and gardening projects around the winery. Jay is an accomplished landscaper and man of all trades, who has had a marked influence on the property in his tenure here. Most recently he designed and constructed our earthen pizza oven.
Jay, his wife, Shelly, and their two children live on a nearby ranch where they practice a close to self-sufficient lifestyle. Their organic garden is truly impressive in size, quality and variety, providing Jay with superb ingredients for his substantial culinary skills.
Jeanne Eliades, Wine Club Den Mother Email Jeanne
Jeanne coordinates the wine club, as well as helping in the tasting room and updating the website.
Jeanne has lived in the Anderson Valley for nearly 30 years, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the area to share with tasting room visitors. In her free time Jeanne enjoys yoga, hiking and following the SF Giants and Golden State Warriors.
Andy Balestracci, Governor of the Gardens
Andy wears many hats around the winery. Sometimes you'll find him tending the barrels, weeding and planting in the gardens, directing traffic at events, and foiling on the bottling line. When Andy is not at Meyer he is growing his non-GMO seed business, Diaspora Seeds. A long time Valley resident, Andy is a well-versed resource for all things horticulture in this diverse region and greater Northern California.
Kate Castagnola, Cellar Soprano & Tasting Room Host Email Kate
When Kate isn't sharing her infectious smile in the tasting room you can find her singing in the cellar, practicing the songs she sings with her ensemble group, the Raging Grannies. Kate is always a warm and welcoming presence in our tasting room, and her vast knowledge of the hidden gems of the Anderson Valley are enthusiastically shared with visitors.
Barbara Bower, Cat Whisperer
Sonny and Cher have never been more pampered!