Silver Oak & Twomey Are Pleased to Announce Our New Winemakers!
We are happy to announce that Nate Weis has joined Silver Oak as our future winemaker and Erin Miller has been named as our new Pinot Noir winemaker for Twomey. Both will immediately begin managing wine production from grape to bottle and serve as ambassadors for their respective wineries. Nate and Erin will fall under the direction of Daniel Baron, Silver Oak's current Winemaker and Director of Winemaking for Silver Oak and Twomey.
“Nate and Erin embody the intelligence, vision and energy of our culture – characteristics that ensure the thoughtful guidance of Silver Oak and Twomey into the future,” said our CEO David Duncan.
Nate is a Napa Valley native and second generation winemaker and joins Silver Oak with over ten years of experience, having previously worked with Patz & Hall Wine Company, Etude Wines, and most recently as Winemaker for Antica Napa Valley and Aril Wines. He will become only the third Winemaker in SilverOak's 42 year history following in the footsteps of our Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron and our co-founder, Justin Meyer. In 2014, he was selected as a “Professional to Watch” by The North Bay Business Journal in its annual ’40 Under 40′ awards. He holds a BS in Biopsychology/Neuroscience from UC Santa Barbara, an MS in Viticulture & Enology from UC Davis and an MBA from Sonoma State University.
Erin Miller was most recently with Provingage Wine Associates, working for Evening Land Vineyards as California Winemaker and Oregon Assistant Winemaker and managing four boutique wineries. Previously she worked for Hartford Family Winery and Kendall-Jackson’s Vinwood Cellars. Erin earned her MS from UC Davis, and holds a BA in Mathematics and Russian Language Studies from Lewis and Clark College. Prior to entering the winemaking profession, Miller spent nearly three years in the U.S. Peace Corps based in Niger, West Africa.
Coincidentally, Weis and Miller worked together previously, collaborating on research into Grape Berry Shrivel while earning their Masters degrees at UC Davis. That work resulted in the publication of ‘Inception, Progression and Compositional Consequences of ‘Berry Shrivel’ Disorder’ in The American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.
“Nate’s roots in the Napa Valley and the wine industry, his deep experience with Cabernet Sauvignon and his relentless focus on continuous improvement – one of our core values – make him an excellent match for Silver Oak,” said Daniel Baron, Director of Winemaking for Silver Oak and Twomey.
He continued, “Meanwhile, Erin’s passion for vineyard-driven winemaking and her reputation for crafting site-specific Pinot Noirs are qualities that are sure to benefit the continued development of the Twomey Pinot Noir program.”
We are very excited to have added Nate and Erin to our Winemaking team and we look forward to telling you more about them in the months to come!