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 five employees - winemakers Matt and Karen Meyer, Molly Sutherland (Project Coordinator), Jay Newcomer (Facility Manager), and in the tasting room we have Jo Ann Aronson.
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, France. In 1992 he moved to San Francisco to pursue a retail and restaurant wine career. He spent 2000 to 2003 as the wine buyer for Hayes & Vine, a popular Civic Center wine bar.
Today, Tony, his wife, Rachael, and their daughter, Lucie, live in Napa Valley. He enjoys visiting accounts all over California for Meyer Family Cellars.
Jo Ann Aronson, a familiar face to Yorkville residents (she's the retired Yorkville US Post Master), warmly welcomes guests to the tasting room. She is often heard swapping stories with guests about far-away travels, fine food and local flavors. Jo Ann has also taken charge of many of the administrative duties.
Being avid music lovers, when Jo Ann is not in the tasting room, she and her husband Jerry can usually be found enjoying live music throughout the greater Bay Area.
Molly moved from New England to California with her husband, Alex in 2005 to pursue their joint dream of developing careers in the wine business. Molly enthusiastically made the transition from the hectic nightlife of restaurant and event management to the quieter pace of the Yorkville Highlands wine country.
When she’s not at the winery, Molly, Alex, and their daughters spend their time at home, making wine, cheeses and other culinary experiments.
Jay joined the Meyer Family Cellars team in December of 2004 to help Matt with the ever expanding landscaping 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 a short space of time. 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.