Meet the Brooklyn Winery Team

Jessica has been with Brooklyn Winery since 2012, and loves the company almost as much as she loves her two children.  She is passionate about food, wine, gorgeous flowers and all things hospitality.  In fact, she enjoys good food so much, she went ahead and married a chef! Although officially a New Yorker now, she originally hails from sunny Colorado, and tries to bring her positive outlook to everything she does.  While not at work Jessica loves being active with her two kids, beach days, hot yoga, and home-made fresh pasta. 

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.

A native New Yorker, Marisa grew up in the hospitality industry, more specifically in a bar by the name of Spirits Saloon, which her father owned. After graduating from University of Delaware, Marisa embarked on a career in event production and management, earning her chops at luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre. From there she moved onto the world of caffeine, managing events and sponsorships for Swiss coffee brand Nespresso. Most recently, Marisa produced events for the likes of Google, YouTube, and Spotify and is super psyched to continue her career in hospitality with the Brooklyn Winery team! In her spare time, she has volunteered for Musicians on Call, a national organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of hospital patients. And as a committed music fan, you’re likely to find her at a live show on her nights off. She proudly calls Brooklyn home where she lives with her husband, (adorable) son, and like a million CDs, albums, and MP3s. 

Emily hails from the heart of the Finger Lakes, where she grew up directly between Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, which means she obviously frequented both! She likes to spend her summers sitting by the water, tasting some local wine, and enjoying the most beautiful views on earth. She got her degree from the University of Edinburgh, where she learned the value of a nice scotch on a rainy day. She decided to dry off and warm up in Provence for a year and still misses the four Euro glasses of rosé. After years of travelling to and from the Finger Lakes, she decided to compromise and move to Brooklyn where she could have the excitement of the city without having to fit her life into two suitcases that she could barely lift. (Taxi drivers all over the world give thanks). She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Brooklyn Winery team, where she can combine her love of wine with her wedding planning past. In her spare time she can be found reading a good book, exploring new places, and trying to convince people to let her walk their dogs.

Caroline comes from an Italian family and was raised in the suburbs of our nation’s capital. Growing up frequenting DC restaurants with her family, she quickly learned the importance of good food and wine. In her opinion, there is nothing better than gathering loved ones around a table full of food! Always known as the “planner” of the group, she decided at young age that the event industry was where she belonged. While studying hospitality and business at St. John’s University, she broke into the New York City event planning scene, and has loved every minute of it ever since. In her free time, if she’s not at an art gallery or music venue, you can find her laid out at McCarren Park with her dog and a good book. While she enjoys traveling to new cities, she has planted roots in Brooklyn and is thrilled to be a part of the Brooklyn Winery team!

Natalia (AKA, Nat) was born in Puerto Rico, but grew up in Orlando, Florida. It was there that she learned just how far a kind smile can go and the importance of hospitality. After earning her degree from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!), she set off on a career filled with fairy dust and happily ever afters at Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. She recently made the move to NYC to share her southern hospitality and fulfill her need for seasons and the big city. In her spare time, if she's not at her apartment with her rescue animals, you can find her drinking chai tea or wandering through new places with her wife. With her new roots planted in Brooklyn, she is thrilled to be part of the Brooklyn Winery Team and cannot wait to help you coordinate your big day! 

Raised next to the best skiing on the west coast (in the U.S., at least), Bruce’s upbringing in Bend, OR was definitely idyllic. But he relinquished the beauty of pine trees and mountains for palm trees and traffic by heading down to Santa Clara University to study Theatre. During his tenure in CA, he did take a short break to return to his mountainous roots by getting his M.A. (in the always marketable Performance Theory and Criticism) from the University of Montana. He also spent a couple years touring with Missoula Children’s Theatre, where he’d teach, direct and perform shows with anywhere from 20 to 75 kids (in new towns) each week. He left the Bay Area for good and headed out to NYC in ‘99 to pursue directing opportunities. In 2002, he and a partner founded Manhattan Children’s Theatre (yes, MCT is a favorite abbreviation). Before, after, and even during his residence at the children’s theatre, he helped manage various offices & projects for such companies as Silver Lining Productions and Fresh before joining the Brooklyn Winery team, which he’s very excited to be a part of!