Cline Family Cellars Adds Tom Gendall To Winemaking Team

SONOMA, CA, July 14, 2016 - Cline Family Cellars, one of California’s premier family-owned wineries, has strengthened its winemaking team with the hiring of Tom Gendall as their new Assistant Winemaker.

Gendall’s winemaking experience has been influenced by local and international work at locations in Napa Valley, New Zealand and Germany. In this important role, Gendall will be working alongside Winemaker Charlie Tsegeletos to produce Cline Family Cellars’ acclaimed portfolio of Zinfandels and Rhône varietals, as well as the winery’s cool climate Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir. His background managing vineyards and running cellars will add to Cline's commitment to wine quality exemplified by its portfolio of sustainable, estate vineyard based wines.

Tom comes to Cline from Sojourn Cellars, where he aided in the day-to-day operations of the cellar and planned out the future of the vineyards and wines. He originally hails from New Zealand where he graduated with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 2007. Tom has worked in New Zealand, Germany and more locally in Napa for Bryant Family Vineyards and in Sonoma for Arrowood Vineyards.

"I am thrilled to have someone with Tom's caliber of knowledge and expertise join our winemaking team," commented Tsegeletos in making the announcement. "Tom will collaborate with me in all aspects of our winemaking at Cline Family Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, from the vine to the bottle, and be involved in new innovations as well as existing ones such as our luxury single vineyards portfolio. We are committed to hiring the best and brightest and look forward to seeing all that Tom has in store for contributing to our future success.”

About Cline Family Cellars

Established in 1982, Cline Family Cellars is a Sonoma, California based winery that produces awarding-winning Rhône-style wines and Zinfandels, as well as classic Sonoma County varietals including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Merlot. The primary grape source for the wines are estate vineyards owned by Fred and Nancy Cline. With diverse viticulture holdings in areas such as Carneros-Sonoma, Sonoma Coast and Oakley-Contra Costa County, Cline Family Cellars' varietals are planted in prime locations and vinted by a winemaking team with years of experience and an unerring instinct to the art of crushing, blending and aging wine. The results are wines of great depth, power and intensity of flavor. To learn more please visit


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