Mark Hanson, Co-Founder & CEO of Bricoleur Vineyards, is thrilled to announce that renowned, critically-celebrated winemaker Bob Cabral, of Bob Cabral Wines, has joined Bricoleur’s winemaking team as co-winemaker.
Cabral was Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2011 Winemaker of the Year, and made the first 100-point North American Pinot Noir during his outstanding 17-year tenure at Williams Selyem. He joins a team at Bricoleur Vineyards that was honored last year as one of the Ten Best new wineries in the country by USA Today.
“Since our first vintage of wine in 2017, it has always been our goal to build a vibrant and established winemaking team,” said Mark Hanson, Co-Founder & CEO of Bricoleur Vineyards. “Along with our existing Winemaker Cary Gott and Assistant Winemaker Tom Pierson, the addition of Bob Cabral as Co-Winemaker will truly enhance our winemaking program and take our already outstanding collection of more than twenty different wines to a new level.”
A fourth generation grape grower, Cabral grew up on a ranch in California’s Central Valley, and has a sixth sense for identifying expressive sites. 2023 will mark Cabral’s 44th vintage as a winemaker. He has built a lasting reputation for crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with freshness and vibrancy, that express the nuances of their respective vineyards. Cabral, formerly the winemaker for eight years at Three Sticks and for 17 years at Williams Selyem, now makes his own wines for Bob Cabral Wines. Holding a firm belief that “great winemaking is always doing the right thing when nobody is looking,” Cabral will collaborate with Gott and Pierson on every decision including farming, picking, and sourcing. His impact will be felt immediately, as one of his first tasks will be sourcing some new vineyards in 2023 and blending the 2022 wines with Gott and Pierson.
Cabral and the Hanson Family also share a commitment to community support. Cabral’s own wines benefit children’s charities, and he has collaborated with the Bricoleur team on several auction lots that have raised valuable funds for the Sonoma County Vintners’ Foundation and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.
“I am extremely excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work with the winemaking team at Bricoleur Vineyards,” said Cabral. “Moving on to new projects and experiencing new vineyards provides extraordinary opportunities to grow as a winemaker. I was fortunate to recognize early in my career that the journey of working with unique soils and crafting wines from their fruits is the destination. I look forward to this journey with Bricoleur Vineyards, especially contributing to their unique wine & food experiences.”
Bricoleur Vineyards currently makes wine from two sustainably farmed estate vineyards – one in Russian River Valley, and the other at prestigious Kick Ranch Vineyard in the Fountaingrove District AVA, which has provided the fruit for several notable wines. Bricoleur Vineyards wines are also made from grapes sourced from the Demostene Vineyard in Alexander Valley and from the Gloeckner 4 and Westphall Ridge Vineyard in the Rockpile AVA.
“We are honored and pleased to welcome Bob Cabral to our winemaking team,” said Gott. “Bob and I have known each other for many years. His talent, unique Sonoma County perspectives, and vineyard knowledge will heighten Bricoleur Vineyards’ efforts at every level.”
Assistant Winemaker Tom Pierson added, “How lucky am I? I get to learn from two titans in the wine industry – Bob Cabral and Cary Gott. Bob has a deep understanding of Sonoma County and the area’s finest vineyard sites. I cannot wait to make Bricoleur’s wines together with Bob and Cary, professionals with unparalleled experience who I am proud to call colleagues and mentors.”
Bricoleur Vineyards opened in the Sonoma County town of Windsor, just south of Healdsburg, three years ago and in a short time has earned recognition for their truly unique wine and food pairings. They recently launched a new three-course pairing called “Soaring,” and last summer introduced a six-course “Rooted” wine & food pairing, along with a robust array of special events, and a dinner series called “The Seasons,” that showcases the estate’s bountiful, sustainably-farmed culinary garden.
Bricoleur Vineyards is open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only and reservations can be made by visiting http://www.bricoleurvineyards.com/ or by calling 707-857-5700. Bricoleur Vineyards is close to the Santa Rosa airport, which accommodates both commercial and private planes, and it’s only an hour north of San Francisco. Bricoleur Vineyards is located at 7394 Starr Road in Windsor, California and can be found on Instagram @bricoleurvineyards. One-of-a-kind lodging is also available in Bricoleur’s spacious Vineyard Residence.
About Bricoleur Vineyards
Bricoleur Vineyards is a popular destination with visitors to Wine Country, who feel welcome in its wide embrace of activities and experiences. There’s something for everyone at Bricoleur Vineyards – from lodging & bocce to picnics & yoga – and whether guests are new to Wine Country or aficionados, there’s always something dazzling to discover at Bricoleur because the seasonal wine and food pairings from the sustainably-farmed estate are constantly evolving, leaving guests feeling relaxed and renewed.
Bricoleur Vineyards launched its first vintage in 2017 and opened its tasting room in 2020. It is tucked away in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley – just south of Healdsburg. Founded by the Hanson family, Bricoleur Vineyards can be found at the end of a winding road in the charming, bucolic town of Windsor, only an hour north of San Francisco – and very close to the Santa Rosa airport. The distinctive name, “Bricoleur,” is French for one who starts building something with no clear plan, adding bits here and there, cobbling together a whole while flying by the seat of their pants.
Bricoleur is known for their truly unique wine and food pairings, created by their lauded, all- star chefs: Culinary Advisor, James Beard Award-winning Chef Charlie Palmer; In-House Executive Chef Thomas Bellec, who’s been distinguished as a Master Chef of France by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and spent 23 years with Four Seasons; and Chef de Cuisine Todd Knoll, who was previously with Jordan Winery and The Ritz-Carlton. The winemaking team – Bob Cabral, Cary Gott, and Tom Pierson – works hand-in-hand with the culinary team to create the six-course “Rooted” tasting and the three-course “Soaring” tasting. Both tastings perfectly pair Bricoleur’s elegant, award-winning wines with inventive small plates, and change throughout the year to express the seasonality of the estate’s sustainably-farmed culinary garden.
The Hanson family’s roots run deep in Sonoma County. Mark Hanson was born in Santa Rosa, and Beth Wall Hanson’s great grandfather, Pietro Carlo Rossi, was the original oenologist for Sonoma County’s historic Italian Swiss Colony. Rossi revolutionized California winemaking in the 19th century and under his direction, the Italian Swiss Colony became one of America’s leading wineries. Philanthropy is important to the Hanson family, and serving their community goes hand-in-hand with their warm hospitality.