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Tony Poer, Sales
 

Jo Ann Aronson
 

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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, 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, Tasting Room Host          Email Jo Ann

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.


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 performs 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, she offers enthusiastically to guests looking for a unique experience during their stay here. 

Jeanne Eliades, Wine Club Coordinator

Jeanne is the newest addition to the staff, and has assumed some of the duties previously handled by the very capable Molly Sutherland, including wine club oversight and website management. Jeanne has lived in the Anderson Valley for nearly 30 years, so 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.
          

Jay Newcomer, Facility Manager          Email Jay

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.

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.


Barbara Bower, Cat Whisperer

Sonny and Cher have never been more pampered!


 
 
 
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