Isreal Zenteno joins us as Head Winemaker

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Bob, James, Crista, and John would like to welcome Israel Zenteno to our family. Israel joins us from 15 years at Monte Xanic winery in Baja California, Mexico’s premier winery, where he had worked as Operations Manager/Winemaker. His attention to detail and dedication to quality will be an excellent fit to continue the legacy of our wine.

We are sad to say goodbye to Dave Harvey, who’s brief tenure left a great impact on us. We wish him well on his new adventure with Naked Wines and safe travels.

Israel Zenteno, left, with Dave Harvey at White Bluffs Vineyard

Israel brings experience with both vineyards and organizational management, helping to streamline production and reduce waste. His work with ISO standards, and developing Monte Xanix from 30 to 80 thousand cases will aid us in growth over the next phase of our development. Claar Wine Group is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, and we continuously strive to reduce inputs, avoid unnecessary stress on the wine, and use industry-leading techniques to develop quality wine in a healthy and sustainable way.

“We grow the coal and provide the pressure, it’s up to the winemaker to turn in into diamonds. I think Isreal has the experience and skill to do that.” – James Whitelatch, Operations Manager/Owner, Claar Wine Group

We look forward to our first harvest with Israel and tasting his first blends with our new bottling next spring.