Brian is one of Brooklyn Winery's founding fathers and has done everything from raising capital to managing the event and customer winemaking businesses to installing a sheet rock ceiling (2 layers thick!)—in the Parlor room, if you want to check out his handiwork!
Before embarking in the winery world, Brian spent countless hours making Excel models and PowerPoint presentations at McKinsey and Co. before joining ExpoTV.com and helping a cool tech startup. He also started an awesome water business at his alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, which still exists today!
In his spare time, of which there isn't much, Brian enjoys drinking wine (obviously), his favorite being the Babs Chardonnay (named after his mother), playing golf and Rock Band, and is planning on rejoining his old dodgeball team!
John hails from world-renowned Glendale, California but made NYC his home more than a decade ago after running approximately one billion miles for the University of California - Santa Barbara cross country team. Once settled in the big city, he interned for a landscape architect, worked at a fish store (aquariums...not a seafood store), waited tables, and worked his way up the creative services ladder at Marvel with guys like Spider-Man and The Hulk. Needing a change, John then found himself in online product management at ExpoTV.com, where he and some co-workers did some extracurricular winemaking. Always an idea guy, he wanted to be his own boss—so he's now co-owner of Brooklyn Winery. In his spare time (not that he has much), John likes to run (very short distances), maintain his amazing 55-gallon coral aquarium, and pet his furry friend Walter, probably the best cat in the world.
Born in Limerick, Ireland and raised in Northern California, Conor McCormack got into winemaking after graduating college. “Making wine wasn’t on my radar until I saw a craigslist posting for a harvest intern in 2003 while hunting for a job post-college. It was serendipitous, but once I got into it, there was no stopping.” Conor brings a strong combination of technical training and hands-on experience to Brooklyn Winery, specializing in boutique premium wines.
Previous experience in Northern California at Crushpad SF, Rutherford Hill Winery, Brehm Vineyards, Audubon Cellars, and White Salmon Vineyards in Washington State, have contributed to the advanced sensory, production, and viticulture skills that Conor offers to Brooklyn Winery.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Maine, David grew up inspired by the benefits of coastal living: fresh, local produce, abundant citrus, and incredible seafood. David creates seasonal dishes that are elegant without being pretentious and approachable without being predictable. His food is best enjoyed in the company of friends, lingering over wine and conversation. Since graduating from The French Culinary Institute, David has worked across Portland and New York including Natasha's, Cinque Terre, Walter's, Picholine, Momofuku Ko, Prime Meats and most recently, Corton in Tribeca. When he's not in the kitchen, you will most likely find him on his bicycle, lying in a park listening to NPR, doing laundry, or hanging out with his really awesome girlfriend, eating oysters and drinking Muscadet.
Chuck was born on a cold, blustery February morning in the Bronx, NY. His formative years were spent upstate in the apple picking mecca of Warwick, NY. After moving to San Francisco, CA. in 2004 he bounced around several restaurant jobs before landing a gig at Crushpad SF, where he learned the art of urban wine making. Longing for home, Chuck eventually returned to the east coast where he met up with his old pal Conor McCormack for the 2011 harvest at Brooklyn Winery. When he's not in the cellar, Chuck enjoys playing loud and fast rock n' roll with his band, watching bad horror movies and spending all his money on good beer, fancy restaurants and vinyl records.
Director of FOH Operations
Jenesy is from a place you may never have heard of: the San Juan Islands in Washington state. She began working in restaurants at 14 and has been traveling the world in search of the next cool food and drink trends. While trying to figure out what she was going to do with the rest of her life she hopped from resort towns like Breckenridge, Co. Montauk, NY, and Rhinebeck, NY opening up restaurants and learning how to smile in the face of chaos. After getting her degree in metal sculpture from the artsy upstate Bard College, she floated down to the Caribbean to run a boutique hotel in the far away land of Nevis. Upon moving into the big bad city, she soon realized her passion for food and drink was shared with not just a few, and she was in the perfect spot to keep her finger on the pulse of NYC. She now takes time every week to search for new spots, take in new sights, and relish the oldies-but-goodies that make this the city that never sleeps.
Head Catering Chef
Growing up in San Francisco, Christine was surrounded by seasonal produce and quality food from birth. Both of her parents had a passion for delectable dishes and dusty French wines, passing along their knowledge to their eager daughter. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Art History, she pursued her culinary career by attending The French Culinary Institute in New York. By working for catering companies such as Scoozi Events and Olivier Cheng Catering as well as for various chefs from around the country at City Grit Culinary Salon, her love for creative small bites and catered cuisine has blossomed. Christine lives and breathes hors d’oeuvres and brings the finest to every party, event and wedding at Brooklyn Winery! When she’s not dealing with sharp knives and fire, she loves perusing a good Bon Appétit magazine, traveling, and knocking one back with friends.
Originally from St. Louis, born on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Reuben got his first job in the food industry when he was 15. He attended Indiana University for Political Science and Economics where he cooked and bartended his way through college. It was during this time that he realized his passion for food and beverage, and that was the direction his career would take him. Leaving Indiana for Chicago, Reuben began working in the restaurant industry where he was exposed to some great opportunities and talented people. He recently moved to NYC with his lovely lady (who is an NYC native) and is loving every minute of it.
Event and Floor Manager
Kimberly grew up on the beautiful coast of Maine. She found her way to New York City by chance as a teenager and fell in love with the energy in this diverse, vibrant city. Her passion for food and wine lead her to pursue her masters in Biological Anthropology and Botany, where she focused on primate digestion and nutrition. While research wasn't her true love, how food and wine effect our bodies and souls became a prime focus in her life and lead her to a career in the restaurant industry. In her spare time she can be found upside down in yoga class or 30 feet up in the air on silk ropes as an aerial dancer. Her passions include dancing to reggae music, drinking roero arneis, baking pies, and throwing elaborate parties.
Jessica Wittwer came from a land of rainbows, unicorns and sunshine, also known as Colorado. She moved to New York to become a famous actress. Jessica decided to leave the fame and fortune for other passions and has been working in the hospitality industry for almost 10 years, most recently at Uva Winebar. She fell in love with wine while working as a captain at Felidia Restaurant. The Sommeliers took her under their wings and snuck her sips of amazing vintages of Amarone and Barolo. This is also where she met her husband; this girl loves food and wine so much she went ahead and married a chef! She also recently completed the Viticulture and Vinification course at American Sommelier Association. Jessica is thrilled to be involved at Brooklyn Winery where she combines her two favorite things: event planning and winemaking. She is excited to continue coordinating beautiful weddings and events, and loves every second of it!
Rachel moved to the big city six years ago from the exotic New Jersey, where she adamantly spreads the gospel that there’s a distinct difference between being a Jersey girl and being, simply, from New Jersey. A proud east-coast girl, she graduated from George Washington University where she became passionate about their undefeated football team and studying hospitality. While at GW, Rachel lived abroad in Seville, Spain, which is, she believes, where her heart still resides. Since entering the workforce, Rachel has worked in fashion and media, covering everything from wedding gowns to footwear to technology products. Brooklyn Winery was a natural next step, giving Rachel the ability to combine her sales and marketing experience with her passion for food, wine, and events. In her spare time, Rachel uses every last penny she has to try any and every restaurant in the five boroughs, travel as much as possible, and convert strangers into Zumba fanatics.
Junior Sales Manager
Kara comes from the rugged, wet, and world-renowned Pinot Noir region of the great Pacific Northwest. Considering herself a native Oregonian (even though she lived in five other states before the age of 10), Kara was raised at the table with a mother who stalks eBay for Julia Child first edition cookbooks, a sister who used to work for Alice Waters, and a father who annually roasts a pig in the front yard. In an attempt to escape the rain (and because one of the dorms had a pool), she attended Santa Clara University and spent her collegiate days playing lacrosse, discovering box wine while abroad in Australia, and writing various newspaper stories (including an article on the secret life of performing clowns). Hoping to fully understand the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry and to pursue a career in book publishing, Kara moved to New York City in 2008. After working for several years in various marketing publishing departments and reading her own weight in books many times over, Kara decided it was time for a change. Enter Brooklyn Winery: a place where she can talk all day on the phone, take field trips to the Long Island wine country, and help people discover everything Brooklyn Winery has to offer. When she's not making event dreams come true, you can find Kara taste-testing hot wings, training for her first marathon, spending way too much money trying new restaurants, or tending to her herb garden.
Assistant Marketing Manager
With a degree in Political Science from NYU, Dan's standard career path took a bizzarre turn when a song he wrote became "internet famous" and he spent the next five years with a record deal touring the US and Europe. During that time he practiced perfecting the craft of internet marketing and digital communication, implementing novel marketing strategies such as the creation one of the first "interactive" music videos, the use of crowd sourcing content from fans, and utilizing frog-shaped stationary to increase newsletter signups by 300% (sign the frog, people.)
As much as he loves music, Dan equally loves wine, and every combination of food that can be paired with wine. So it is a natural transition to Brooklyn Winery, where he uses his internet ju-jitsu, raising awareness of locally-crafted wine, writing blog posts about amazing food, and avoiding every impulse to post a picture of a cat.
Pam's responsibilities at the Winery are numerous and varied, from paying the bills to account management to "Printer Whisperer" and everything in between. She is a native New Yorker and a beach bum at heart, but has lived all over and done a little bit of everything and has all the crazy stories (and photos) to prove it.
Sarah was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, which she decided to leave behind for higher education in Atlanta, GA. Apparently a city twice the size of her hometown wasn’t big enough, because she then moved to the really big city: New York. In the ten years that Sarah has resided in NYC, she has worked in cable TV marketing and tech startup community management, with a little interval along the way in which she received her M.A. in Forensic Psychology. She wrote her Master’s thesis on profiling serial homicide —you’ll have to ask her for the gory details. Currently, Sarah writes most of the copy you read on our website and helps out with a lot of the stuff that no one else in the office has the time to do. Random facts about Sarah: she loves horror movies, cheese, and kittens, but not necessarily in that order.
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Hours of Operation
Wine Bar Mon - Thurs: 5pm to 12am Fri: 5pm to 1am Sat: 11:30am to 1am Sun: 11:30am to 12am
Food Mon - Thurs: 6pm to 11pm Fri: 5pm to 12am Sat: 12pm to 12am Sun: 12pm to 11pm