Ever wanted to work in the wine industry? One of the most notable jobs in the field is that of a winemaker. A unique facet of this vocation includes the role of a consulting winemaker, skilled professionals engaged to provide expertise — from broad to highly specific — to a winery team.
Of course, understanding how to make wine is a prerequisite. Added to that, success in this job depends on superb communication skills, the ability to contribute to a team, flexibility and experience with various vineyard settings and cellar conditions. This workforce is tied to a desire to make great wine, yes, but also to be of service to their clients.
Sonoma-based Katy Wilson crafts wine under her own label, LaRue Wines — a 500-case portfolio of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — which she founded at age 26, while working at the time as associate winemaker at Kamen Wines. Meanwhile, she serves as consulting winemaker for Anaba Wines, Claypool Cellars, Reeve Wines and Smith Story Wine Cellars.