E. & J. Gallo Winery, California
Debbie grew up in California’s Central Valley and in 1994 graduated from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. Right around that time, Deb and her future husband spent time wine tasting in Sonoma and she quickly realized this was something she truly enjoyed and wanted to know more about. She joined EJ Gallo Winery in 1995 as an analytical technician, followed by four years of wine chemistry and research before finally joining the premium winemaking team. Her passion for fun and innovative wines has helped to define the Apothic wines portfolio for the past 10 years. Today, she is the Director of Winemaking for EJ Gallo’s premium wine division in the Central Valley. At home, Deb and her husband have two children who are now both officially teenagers and quite active in many things. She also enjoys being the dedicated sous chef and beer taster for her husband who loves to craft new beers and foods.