LAFFORT® USA TEAM

LAFFORT® USA TEAM

A team of professionals at the service of the US wine industry

Laffort USA’s main office and warehouse is located in Petaluma, CA, and there are three retail outlets: St Helena and Paso Robles are open year-round,  and Windsor is open only for the harvest from August to Thanksgiving.

Main office & warehouse

1460 Cader Lane, Suite C
Petaluma, CA 94954
P: (707) 775-4530
Open Monday-Friday
8:30AM to 5PM
laffortusa@laffort.com
www.laffortusa.com

St Helena store

385 La Fata Street, Unit A
St Helena, CA 94574
P: (707) 967-8290
F: (707) 967-8291
Open Monday-Friday:
8AM-12:00PM -12:30PM-5:30PM
Saturdays: 9AM – 3PM
garett.savage@laffort.com

Paso Robles store

825 Riverside Ave, Suite 3A
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone: (805) 226 5809
Open Monday -Friday:
8:o0AM-12PM – 12:30PM-6:00PM
Saturdays: 10AM – 4PM
pasorobles@laffort.com

Windsor Harvest Store

164 Johnson St
Windsor, CA 95492
Phone: (707) 836 4490
Open Monday-Friday
8AM-1PM – 1:30PM-4:30PM
laffortusa@laffort.com

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Shaun RICHARDSON

GENERAL MANAGER

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Shaun entered early into a life of wine. Studying at the renowned Roseworthy Agricultural College in Australia developed his passion, leading to graduation as Dux of the Oenology class. A harvest in California in 1997 led to over a decade leading the winemaking, vineyard and facility departments at Clos Pegase Winery in the Napa Valley on a never-ending quest to craft delicious wines while building a great team. Most recently he completed the Sonoma State University MBA in Wine Business and divided his time between consulting projects for winemaking and winery equipment.

Cell: (707) 364-8944
shaun.richardson@laffort.com

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Jillian JOHNSON

TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE

Jillian has a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and has been actively working as a winemaker since 2000 in South Africa, Australia and in California’s Central Coast. Jillian joined the team in 2010 and has her own wine brand; both keep her well connected to all the issues of each vintage. She loves to hear from winemakers and thrives off of brainstorming sessions for new and unique protocols.

Cell: (707) 364-0894
Jillian.johnson@laffort.com

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Matt RIDGE

TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE

With a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Geology from Adams State College in Colorado, Matt’s first job in the wine industry was in 1998 working for United Distillers and Vintners in the Sonoma laboratory, which encompassed all aspects of the natural sciences. Matt discovered his passion after moving to Manteca in the Central Valley and embarked on a career in production winemaking. Matt then spent seven years making wine on the North Coast and returned to the Lodi region in 2010 where he has set down his own roots. Matt consults for two small premium wine brands in Lodi, and brings to his Laffort territory perspectives of large and small scale winemaking at all quality levels.

Cell: (209) 681-1299
matt.ridge@laffort.com

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Lindsey OTIS

TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE

Lindsey discovered the joys of grape growing and winemaking early in life. After experimenting with growing various neighborhood grapevine cuttings and aging bottles of Martinelli’s apple cider in her closet as a child, she attended UC Davis where she discovered that there was the perfect major for her: Viticulture and Enology. She graduated with her degree in 2004 and began her adventure making wine around the world in Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), Santa Cruz Mountains (her home region), Clare Valley (South Australia), Corbieres (France) and Napa Valley. After a few years of double hemisphere harvests, she landed at Williams Selyem in 2007, where she developed her passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. She then returned, in 2010, to her home turf in the Santa Cruz Mountains to Big Basin Vineyards where she specialized in making the whites (Chardonnay, Roussanne and Riesling), as well as Pinot Noir. After 12 vintages making wine, she joined Laffort in January of 2014 as a Technical Consultant for Laffort USA. She has made wine in many settings (both large and small) and has worked with many different winemaking styles/approaches which has given her the expertise to find solutions to most winemaking situations in the cellar.

Cell: (707) 260-5890
lindsey.otis@laffort.com

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Marcy MALLETTE

TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE

Marcy has a Degree in Chemistry and Medical Technology and worked in Immunology Research for 12 years before discovering wine while working for the UC Davis School of Medicine. She took some classes in Enology and discovered the science of wine and was captivated enough to change careers. Marcy joined Laffort in 2015 after working in wine production for 10 vintages in Sonoma and Napa with a range of small wineries including Paul Hobbs, Pellegrini and Provenance. Moving to California’s Central Valley, she managed the Cabernet Sauvignon program at E&J Gallo Winery in Livingston. She has also traveled extensively in other wine regions in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, and New Zealand. Marcy brings with her experience in large and small winemaking at different price points and quality tiers. She thrives off helping people solve their immediate wine quality issues and loves to help with trials and tastings to help steer your wine in the direction you envision.

Cell: (805) 234-8446
marcy.mallette@laffort.com

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Darren MICHAELS

TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE

Darren is a biochemistry graduate and has spent more than a decade in the wine industry. His background includes working as a wine chemist for Trinchero Family Estates before heading to the Central Coast to manage Vinquiry’s laboratory and be in charge of consulting and supporting their enological products. Darren also worked as the Director of Enology at Terravant Wine Company in Santa Barbara before heading back to North California and joining the Laffort team in July 2012. He started the Technical Representative for Sonoma & Mendocino counties and now supports the Oregon & Washington winemaker community.

Cell: (509) 240-7956
darren.michaels@laffort.com

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