We are pleased to introduce our Winemakers Hospitality and Administration team, scroll down for bios and more detail:.
- Joe Dutton, Founder Dutton Estate Winery, Owner, Dutton Ranch
- Tracy Dutton, Founder and President, Dutton Estate Winery
- Terry Adams, Retired, Consulting Winemaker 2008 through 2017
- Robert Donnell, Consulting Winemaker
- German Zavala, Cellar Master
- Ruben Lopez, General Manager, National and Regional Sales
- Kyndall Dutton, Business Operations and Direct to Consumer Ambassador (Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay)
Kylie Dutton, National Brand Ambassador and Winemakers Assistant (Kylie's Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc)
Karmen Dutton, Aspiring Winemaker (Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir)
Carol Kozlowski-Every, Executive Winery Chef
Lori Bianchi, Chef
Terry’s illustrious career dates back to 1981 when he began his winemaking trek at Sonoma-Cutrer. In 1991, after spending 10 years under the tutelage of the winery’s founding winemaker, Terry took over as Director of Winemaking where he stayed until his retirement in the summer of 2010. Over the years, Terry has refined his personal winemaking style and philosophy, enhancing his three decades of experience in the vineyard and cellar with regular forays to Burgundy, where he exchanges ideas with some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers.
These days when Terry is not working the stressful days of crush, he enjoys traveling the coast in is vintage Streamline motor home or fly fishing the streams of the great Northwest. Asked why he decided to “partially postpone retirement” Terry said, “Back in 2005 while enjoying a bottle of Dutton Estate Chardonnay I said to myself, I can see myself making wine at Dutton Estate.” Although not sure why he had these thoughts back then, he never questioned the opportunity when Joe & Tracy Dutton came a knocking requesting his artistic services to produce the family wines. Together Joe, Tracy and Terry have fused together over a 100 year of combined farming and winemaking experience to create some of the best wines Sonoma County offers.
Immersing himself in the world of wine, Bobby first worked at Beringer as a Lab Tech and Cellar Hand, followed by a full-time cellar position at St. Clement Vineyards in St. Helena, where winemaker Aaron Pott became a mentor. After St. Clement, Bobby went to work at Provenance Vineyards, where he helped manage the Lab and Cellar operations for 6 years. He went back to school at the same time, earning his Winemaking Certificate from UC Davis in 2009.
In 2012 Bobby joined Amici Cellars as the Assistant Winemaker and was quickly promoted to Winemaker. During his time at Amici Cellars he created wines from some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley, such as To Kalon and Missouri Hopper. Along with hand crafting Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, Bobby had the opportunity to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. This is when Bobby found his calling, producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, was a true passion. At the same time, Bobby and his family found a home here in the Russian River, moving back to his wife’s hometown of Sebastopol. Here, they are closer to the land that they love, and where they want to raise their three children, Savannah, Logan and Norah.
In summer of 2017, when Bobby was asked to join the Dutton Estate team as the Consulting Winemaker, it was an easy decision. This was his dream job… producing small lot Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, from Estate Grown Vineyards and working with one of the best-known families in Sonoma County. He considers himself lucky for this opportunity!
In 2008, German moved to the “Dutton Valley”, when he married his wife, Griselda. Griselda’s father has been the Foreman for Dutton Ranch for nearly 50 years. German, somewhat married into the Dutton Family.
In 2010, German began working for Dutton Estate Winery as Cellar Master and working with the winery’s consulting winemaker, Terry Adams.
“Working with the Dutton Family has allowed me to develop my knowledge in the winemaking business and creating handcrafted wines. My duties as their Cellar Master is making sure that all winemaking tasks are completed in a quality and timely manner. I take pride to ensure great quality wine to represent the Dutton Family and their fruit. Aside from making wine, I really love talking to our guests and taking visitors on tours of the working winery. This allows me to share my passion that I have for making wine.” ~ German Zavala
Carol Kozlowski-Every is co-owner of Kozlowski Farms and is Tracy Dutton's mom. Carol is a Sonoma County food icon and highly recognized for the creation of the hundreds of products made under her family's label, Kozlowski Farms. Carol has been highly involved in marketing and promoting Sonoma County food products and agriculture for more than 50 years. Along with her time spent in the community, she can be found at Kozlowski Farms where she is a managing partner and oversees the daily operational activities there with its versatile food and vineyard operations. Carol's passion for creating new recipes and cooking has turned her hobby for cooking fine cuisine into new recipe development for Dutton Estate's wine and food pairing menus.
"I am honored to work with my daughter, as well my three granddaughters. I admire the growth of Dutton Estate Winery, and enjoy collaborating with Cynthia, to develop dishes that accompany the wines grown, created and shared at Dutton Estate Winery. Cooking relaxes me, and there is nothing better than to relax and spend time with my daughter and her family."
Lori is a life-long family friend of the Dutton Family and a native to Sonoma County. She grew up on her family's ranch which is located at the Santa Rosa/Sebastopol city border. Lori's dad, Mel Sanchietti and her late grandfather, Gus Sanchietti, operated a successful farming operation growing hops, prunes, apples and now wine grapes. Today, Sanchietti Ranch and Sanchietti Farming is a thriving and growing vineyard operation under the care of her dad, and younger brother, Mark. Lori's love of cooking comes from her grandmother (Noni Anne) and living next door to Noni most of her life. Cooking family recipes and aiming to make meals "just like Noni'", was a challenge Lori was always willing to take on. Lori's delicious meals inspired by the admiration of her Noni, evolved into a botique catering business. For Dutton Estate Winery, Lori orchestrates and prepares the monthly food pairings and recipes from the Dutton Estate family archives, along with adding in a life-long friendship and Italian home cooking from her family's kitchen. Today, the Sanchiett/Bianchi Family and Dutton Family are close friends and routinely share family gatherings and meals together.