As a college student in the late-1980s, Scottish-native Andy Smith couldn’t get enough of his weekend job in a quirky Edinburgh wine-store. Honeymooning in Sonoma, he and Karen quickly decided their future lay in vineyards and winemaking. They quit their jobs and comfortable city lifestyle and with backpacks in tow they spent five years “following the harvest” between New Zealand, Australia and Northern California.
Working for an eclectic range of star producers from Dry River, Littorai, Havens, Franus, to Matua and Mt Pleasant, Andy went on to graduate in viticulture and enology from Lincoln University in Christchurch, NZ.
But his passion for Sonoma Pinot Noir was kindled early on, and after a spell as Paul Hobbs’ Assistant Winemaker, Andy joined DuMol for the excellent 1999 vintage – a combined 1,500 cases of Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Growing this tiny winemaking venture over the past seventeen years into a world-renowned Russian River winery remains incredibly exciting and rewarding. In 2014 Andy was able to utilize his fifteen-year Napa Valley Cabernet consulting experience to craft DuMOL’s first set of single vineyard Cabernet wines.
Each year he strives to grow the finest wines possible from our collection of special vineyard sites.
Julie Cooper joined the DuMOL winemaking team in 2004 after moving to California from her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Julie worked for some of the top restaurants in Cincinnati before leaving for California to pursue a career in winemaking.
A Berkeley native, Thomas earned his B.S. from the University of Utah and began work at the St. Francis Hotel and Victoria Station restaurants after graduation. He launched his wine career with Young’s Market Company, starting as a wine specialist, subsequently proceeding to division manager, Northern California Wine Manager, and State Wine Manager. Eventually Thomas became the VP Director of Marketing for the Young’s Estates Group division.
Thomas was named Director of Sales for DuMOL in 2011 and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). He is married with three children and one dog. When not working, Thomas enjoys skiing very fast, bike riding much slower, fly fishing and golf.
Marc came to DuMOL after a distinguished 13 year career with Young’s Market Company and most recently from his role as Northern California House Accounts Division Manager. Guerguy is responsible for managing the Western US, and expanding growth in strategic accounts. Marc’s depth of experience and industry knowledge is key to our continued growth and expanding relationships in the West. His family is deeply entrenched in both the restaurant and hotel industry, as well as being Sonoma County grape growers.
Marc resides in Oakland, California with his wife, Candida, and their daughter, Sofia. In his free time he is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and snowboarder. Marc enjoys traveling and cooking with his family as well as collecting wine.