We are firm believers at Cinnabar that a brand is only as good as its people and product. At our Tasting Room in Saratoga, our staff is warm, well-versed, and excited to talk about the remarkable process of winemaking.
Jack and Karina Mudd, Proprietors
Spending time at the winery was a highlight of Jack and Karina's childhood. They have many fond memories of picking grapes during harvests, hitching rides on forklifts, and participating in annual grape stomps with great enthusiasm. They are dedicated to upholding their father's legacy, and as CEO of the business, Karina hopes to continue bringing joy to many through this delightful product.
George Troquato, Winemaker
Winemaker George Troquato always knew he would be in the farming business. "I love agriculture because it follows the seasons," says George. "There is a beginning, a middle, and an end. You do your best to make a wine; then it takes on a life of its own." George graduated from Cal Poly in 1985 with a degree in crop science, and gained valuable cellar experience at other wineries before joining Cinnabar in 1990. He helped his father at Troquato Vineyards from 1985 to 1988, worked at J. Lohr from 1989 to 1990, and spent the summer of 1990 in the Beaujolais region of France. George has a profound understanding of the finality of wine making: "Mother Nature makes a different offering every year, but you only get thirty to forty vintages in a life time." With many successful harvests under his belt, he is making the most of his chances. Away from the winery, George enjoys quality time with his wife Kristi, daughter Camilla, and sons Doiminic and Xavier.
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master and Grower Relations Manager
Alejandro was first hired by Tom Mudd to work in the vineyards at the age of 18. As he spent more time working in the cellars, he had the opportunity to work with extraordinary people and expand his knowledge of viticulture and winemaking. He is a firm believer that "winemaking begins in the vineyard and finishes the moment you open the bottle of wine, because at that moment you enjoy all the hard work of many people involved in making that bottle." In his days away from the vineyards and winery, Alejandro enjoys spending time with his wife Margarita, his son Alejandro, and his daughters Daisy Adriana and Angela.