We are excited to bring you wines from a new winery in the region, Ser Wine Company. Although the label is new the winemaker has been producing in the Santa Cruz Mountains for 14 years with Bonny Doon Vineyard under the direction of Randall Graham.
In February of 2001 she started working with Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon Vineyard. Nicole has held every position in wine production including, associate winemaker, vineyard manager, and grower relations. There was a brief interruption in her tenure at Bonny Doon in 2008 when she moved with her husband and then 3 year old son, Kai, to Marlborough, New Zealand. She spent a year with Churton winery converting their vineyard to use Biodynamic farming methods and producing the wine from the vineyard she managed. In addition to Churton, she aided the owner with his winemaking consulting position with other New Zealand wineries of close to 350,000 case production of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
After a year in New Zealand she was brought back to Santa Cruz to develop Bonny Doon’s newest property in San Juan Bautista. She remains managing that property as well as winemaking at the Santa Cruz winery.
In 2012, Nicole was inspired from her New Zealand experience, especially with Pinot Noir, to start her own wine brand, Ser. She began working with local Santa Cruz Mountain growers to purchase fruit from distinct microclimates in the appellation to gain the valuable knowledge of the area. She was also able to produce small lots of several varieties such as Riesling, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cabernet Pfeffer. Selecting interesting vineyards with special soils and microclimates, it is her commitment to winemaking to produce wines with minimal intervention to allow the fruit to express where it comes from.
Ser Wine Company is an artisanal wine producer, based out of Santa Cruz, CA committed to preserving the “Being” of wine, producing wines that allow the wine to truly express the varieties and vineyards they are sourced from. Ser Wine Company is committed to producing soulful wines made with minimal intervention to allow the full expression of the fruit and what the wine wants to be.
We are pleased to include a sampling of what Nicole has produced under the Ser label. We hope you enjoy this wine as much as we do!
Shannon worked as the Director of Operations for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower’s Association for approximately 13 years. Shannon has brought wine events of all kinds to the area in an effort to excite interest in the local wines and food. She loves watching people from all over enjoying the region’s wine and witnessing the local vintners businesses grow and prosper.