Vines and Wine Team

 Jeff Streakes

Jeff, a general misanthrope and curmudgeonly spectator of the Theater of Life, was born and raised in small-town Connecticut.  With the enormous amount of free time afforded by both the completion of a degree and professional stint in biochemical engineering, he naturally took frequent trips out to Napa Valley in supplement of his passion for wine. Discovering in short order that his current job bore a striking number of similarities to winemaking, he abandoned his other dream of becoming a CDC Virus Hunter and made a bee line to UC Davis for his MS. Insert placements at Merryvale Vineyards in St Helena, Franciscan Estate in Rutherford, Mollydooker in McLaren Vale, Australia, and most recently at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford and there you’ve got the makings of a true addict. He’s got it bad.

Given that he lists his heroes as Statler and Waldorf (from the Muppet Show), Dr. Bruce Banner (aka the Incredible Hulk), and Captain Quint (from Jaws), its no surprise that Jeff found his way to Paso Robles instead of rooting himself in a more traditional wine region.  Not that he can’t frequently be found enjoying the much more classic combination of sushi and dry German Riesling…

 

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Tony Domingos

Fifth generation resident of the Central Coast.  Tony earned his B.S. degree at Cal Poly S.L.O. in Agriculture Business Management with a concentration Farm Management and a minor in Plant Protection.  He got started in the vineyard business with Hampton Farming Company in Santa Maria.  From 1992-1995 he was the viticulturist and pest control adviser on 3000 acres in Santa Barbara County.  In 2005 he formed Tony Domingos Farming, Inc., where he currently manages and owns several vineyards.    

Tony is a past board member of the CA Association of Winegrape Growers & Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association. Tony holds a firm belief in the promotion of California Vineyards and Wineries in the domestic market. A larger market share for California will ensure success for the Paso Robles Region as well as all other regions in the state.

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David Sartain 

 David was introduced to the wine industry at an early age by way of a family business that provided fresh fruit hauling for local  vineyards.  This exposure planted a seed early on that flowered upon the completion of his military service and travels abroad. When returning to his home in the Santa Maria Valley, David studied at Allen Hancock College focusing on Viticulture and Oenology.

In 2001, David started his career at small winery on the Foxen Canyon Trail in Santa Barbara County. “This experience opened my eyes to how important it is to have balance amongst the vines”, says David “it showed me that the first step to making great wine starts in the vineyard”.

Eager to pursue this passion further, David accepted an opportunity to manage a multifaceted winery in Paso Robles that hosts small wineries focusing on premium wine production. This position presented David with the opportunity to gain invaluable exposure to a wide range of varietals, appellations and winemaking styles. David continues to focus on his growth as a winemaker by traveling to diverse wine growing regions both domestic and abroad. With fore thought and planning he uses these experiences through creativity during the fermentation and aging process of winemaking.

“Working along the side of many talented winemakers throughout the years has taught me the importance of knowing the fruit your working with, what it is capable of and designing a winemaking style that will produce the best wine from your fruit. This mindset has helped me develop a style of making wine that is site expressive and is only tailored by the vineyard.”David L. Sartain