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Ryan Waugh - Winemaker
It's been said that there are two ingredients in the making of wine, grapes and the winemaker. While Waugh Cellars surely has the first, the wine would be nothing without the second. However, calling Ryan Waugh simply a winemaker would not do justice to all the work he does. Better to call him a brand ambassador.
At 40, with 16 vintages already behind him, Ryan is still one of the youngest first generation winemakers working in Napa and Sonoma. Born and raised in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, he graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biology and minors in Marketing and Environmental Studies. While at Santa Clara, a friend's father shared a special bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, which sparked an intense passion for wine and inspired the idea to start his own winery.
That inspiration led him to find a wine job, any wine job close to school. He found it at Savannah Chanelle winery in the Santa Cruz mountains, where he began working with Michael McNeill. Under Michael's guidance, Ryan learned that winemaking begins in the vineyard, showing great care to the vines during the growing season. This allows for minimal interaction once the wine gets to barrel, creating wines that are true representations of their varietal and exhibiting unique flavors and great structural depth.
In 2001, in his garage in Napa, he founded the label Waugh Cellars, which now produces 4000 cases annually. Waugh Family Wines was created in 2015 www.waughfamilywine.com and no consists of the Waugh Cellars, Six Degrees (www.sixdegreeswine.com) and Crystal wine labels.
When not in the vineyard, Ryan spends most of his time with his family and participating in all the activities of Jordan (11) and Carter (8). The Waughs love spending time with customers and sharing their experiences in winemaking and the unique joys found in sharing a glass with those closest to you.
Crystal Waugh - Director of Sales
After attending Texas A&M with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration, Crystal entered the executive training program at Neiman Marcus, located in Dallas, Texas.
She quickly moved up the ladder and was eventually promoted to Head of the college recruiting program. At the end of her 12 years with Neiman Marcus, she was managing the careers of 500 employees. Since 2005, Crystal has played an invaluable role in the success of Waugh Cellars and Six Degrees, coordinating all private tastings for the wineries as well as managing the Friends of Waugh Cellars wine club and the yearly allocation release of Six Degrees.
Jordan & Carter Waugh - Future Winemakers
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