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
ordersusa@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-12PM, 12:30PM-5:30PM
Saturday:
9AM-3PM
kelly.gifford@laffort.com

Paso Robles store

825 Riverside Ave, Suite 3A
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone: (805) 226 5809
Open Monday -Friday:
8:30AM-12PM – 12:30PM-5:00PM
pasorobles@laffort.com     caitlin.mcchesney@laffort.com

Windsor Harvest store

164 Johnson St
Windsor, CA 95492
Phone: (707) 836 4490
Open Monday -Friday:
8:30AM-1PM – 1:30PM-5:00PM
lindsey.otis@laffort.com            claire.moonie@laffort.com

LAFFORT® USA TEAM 7

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

LAFFORT® USA TEAM 4

Jillian Johnson DELEON

TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE

WEST COAST SALES MANAGER

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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Cayla Dee PORTER

NOBILE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Cayla Dee began exploring the world of wine in her hometown of Costa Mesa, CA, selling fine wines from all over the world at Hi Time Wine Cellars. Not only did she gain a passion of wine and wine education, but she developed a thirst for knowledge about the winemaking side of the business. After earning her degree in Chemistry and Environmental Science at UC Santa Barbara she quickly signed up for her first harvest.  After traveling to Australia and back she was hooked and worked in winemaking roles at the Duckhorn Wine Company in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Napa County. Her most recent winemaking position was at Larson Family Winery in Sonoma County.  In her years of winemaking she gained experience in the full range of oak products, ranging from alternatives to barrels. “Throughout my years I have gained a great appreciation and knowledge of the techniques of maximizing the use of oak in winemaking, and I joined NOBILE® in the hopes of sharing my experiences with others”.

Cell (707) 934 5771
cayladee.porter@laffort.com

LAFFORT® USA TEAM 3

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

LAFFORT® USA TEAM 2

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

LAFFORT® USA TEAM

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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Garett SAVAGE

TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE

A Southern California native, Garett grew up exploring the world with his parents and experiencing the unique cuisines of different continents.  Eventually, this included wines that his dad had been collecting since the 1970s, including some very memorable 1978 BV Georges De Latour.  However, it was a chance volunteer stint at an event at Armida Winery in Dry Creek during college when the wine bug really sunk its velvety, complex, and alluring teeth into Garett.  After graduating with a Wine Business degree from Sonoma State University and working the business side of wine for 10 years, he realized his true passion was the desire to create wines.  So in 2011, he worked a year in the cellar at Carol Shelton Wines in Santa Rosa that not only confirmed his interest in winemaking but gave him a voracious appetite to learn as much as possible.  He moved to Napa, earned a Winemaking degree at Napa Valley College, worked harvests at Hall Wines, Fantesca Estate, and finally became the Lab Manager at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards.  Three vintages of making wine there lead him to LAFFORT® in 2017, where he enjoys being a Technical Representative and working with winemakers all over Napa, parts of Sonoma, and now the East Coast.  In his spare time, Garett enjoys the excitement of launching a wine brand, hiking with his wife, Rebecca, and raising two amazing cats.

Cell: (707) 967 8290
garett.savage@laffort.com

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Kelly GIFFORD

TECHNICAL SALES

Kelly is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Viticulture & Enology, and worked vintages in Napa, Sonoma, Clarksburg, and in the winemaking department at Michael Mondavi Family Estate before coming to Laffort.  She has traveled around the world, ever in search of great wines, to France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and closer to home in California, Oregon, Washington, and Canada. As a self-confessed Oenophile and wine geek, she will happily chat with you about all aspects of wine from grape to bottle. Kelly is currently working on her own wine brand and loves to share ideas with fellow winemakers. “Each new vintage has its own set of challenges and every wine is different. That is the beauty of this industry, it takes a lot of creativity and planning to get the job done. I always look forward to a gathering of minds and get excited helping clients with their winemaking needs.

Cell: (707) 494 0512
kelly.gifford@laffort.com

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Daniel DYCUS

TECHNICAL MANAGER

Daniel Dycus began with a summer job as a viticulture technician on the East End of Long Island in 2005. Driven by the scientific method, he received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology from The University of Tennessee while working on native fermentations. Daniel attended graduate school at Washington State University where he worked with Dr. Carolyn Ross on wine sensory related to Brettanomyces and predicting wine character via data mining and machine learning.  Ready to experience hands on winemaking, Daniel moved to Napa and worked at Chappellet, Plumpjack, Quixote Winery and Bella Vineyards in Dry Creek. After five years of cellar and lab work for wineries, Daniel’s passion for research lead him to LAFFORT®, where he is currently the Technical Manager for North America. In this role Daniel will be leading the conversation between LAFFORT®, universities and wineries, working closely with the LAFFORT® R&D team in Bordeaux and leading technical presentations in North America.

Cell: (707) 787 7137
daniel.dycus@laffort.com

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