Kristie Tacey, winemaker and founder of Tessier Winery, started out in the research science field studying protein pathways at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career in biotechnology. In 2000, she worked on the Human Genome Project and later focused on central nervous system diseases. She was published several times in her field. It was around this time that she was introduced to the world of wine and winemaking. Discovering what she saw as the perfect blend of science and artistry, Kristie knew she’d found her true calling, and jumped into the field with both feet.
After working for a while at an award-winning East Bay winery as Operations Manager and Assistant Winemaker, Kristie started Tessier Winery in 2009, where she now focuses on small-batch, artisan Pinot Noir, Grenache and Viognier. As of May 2013, Kristie is now a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).
K&L Uncorked- Tessier Winery Interview 2011
Jason Wilinski: Tessier Brand Manager (and Kristie’s husband).
With a degree in Business Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University, Jason spends his days as a software architect for AT&T. At night, he is the man behind the scenes at Tessier, making sure everything looks just right. His expertise ranges from designing the official t-shirts, buttons, and fliers, to making sure Tessier events have that spot-on playlist of music. Without this man, there would be no Tessier Winery. He collaborates on business planning and, most importantly… makes sure Kristie eats dinner during the long hours of harvest!
Farley Walker, Wine Writer Extraordinaire
In January of 2006, Farley moved to California to put her M.A. in creative writing to use in the wine industry. After a stint at Thomas Fogarty Winery, she managed the tasting room at Rosenblum Cellars, where her weekly themed tasting notes kept club members and customers entertained and her monthly wine seminars kept them informed. During that time, she met Kristie at Lost Canyon, and they became good friends. Farley now works at CALICO, a nonprofit that helps abused children and their families. But she is glad to stay connected to the wine business by helping Tessier with writing and marketing, especially since she adores Pinot!