Who is Kaz::: Richard Kasmier was an advertising photographer in his past life. After 8 years of award winning amateur winemaking he made the leap to commercial winemaking.
What is Kaz::: A very small, family owned Winery. We have grown all of our grapes with ORGANIC practices since the beginning. We were the first in Sonoma Valley to grow this way!
When is Kaz::: The land was purchased in 1986 and 2.5 acres were planted in 1987. Our Bond 5809, was granted in Aug. 1995. Our first release was 400 cases of vintage 1994 which was made at Wellington Winery where Kaz was a cellar rat.
Where is Kaz today::: He is a grandpa of 4! He is a happy farmer when the weather cooperates. He is a fun winemaker that even allows folks to help in the process of the winemaking . He calls it "Winemaker U" You can sign up for this by sending Kaz an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. He will send you all the delicious details and educate you on how it is for a winery to make wine as well as if you want to learn how to hone your own skills at making this fun thing to drink!
Kaz has a You Tube Channel by Dallas Munger http://www.youtube.com/kazwinery
Staff::: Kaz has great help from his family! Wife Sandi is mostly behind the scenes and occasionally in the tasting room. She is an artist in all types of mediums. Large murials to mosaics to photo rederings. Someday she will have a website.
Son Ryan is the look of the Winery. By that I mean, he is the label, ads and web designer! The visual guy! He has his own design company doing logo & website creations. http://www.ryankazdesign.com.
Sarah is our "adopted" daughter for 7+ yrs, helping us out with whatever we throw at her for the last 3. She has been like a family member. Her real job is at Safari West animal park in Santa Rosa. When we send out an email that we need help, she jumped on it like a cheetah! She has been a great help in the tasting room & guests love her like we do!
Dallas Munger originally came to us from the wonderful folks over at Broadway Under the Stars, the amazing summer concert series at the Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen, which we are a proud sponsor of. A native of Frederick, MD, Dallas has been an entertainer for over 20 years and has been working in different areas of the hospitality industry for most of that time as well! He has been bartending since 1998 and is thrilled to be pouring wine for all of our lovely visitors to the tasting room. Dallas is a producer of live theatre and internet video as well as a teacher of performing arts for developmentally disabled adults at Alchemia in Santa Rosa. He is our new Tasting Room Leader! He is also a fine actor and is appearing in The Full Monty at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa through May 19, 2013.
Luke Nio is in New Zealand working the 2013 crush. He is a UC Davis grad that helps Kaz with the winemaking duties. He has been like and adopted son! Our whole family loves him especially Grandson Collin! Big Luke was a high school football player at St. Vincent H.S. Coach Kaz likes his assistants strong & Luke fits that mold. He can throw barrels around like they were running backs trying to get around him. He is a huge Giants fan and even went to the opening of spring training.
Laura Watt is a teacher at Sonoma State. She has an eye for the photo & a mixed assortment of old cameras including some vintage Polaroid cameras that she loves the look of their bad color!