Tamber Bey proprietors Jennifer, Barry and Kendra Waitte
Northern California native Barry Waitte developed his love for Napa Valley during annual summer visits with his parents. Waitte is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He earned his MBA from the University of California—Berkeley and completed continued-education studies in viticulture and enology at University of California—Davis. Waitte currently serves as President of the Oakville Winegrowers Association.
Jennifer Waitte is Director of Marketing for Tamber Bey Vineyards. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Jennifer’s early career was as a writer, editor and publisher. She is also an accomplished horse trainer and long-distance competitor. Although she is involved in all aspects of the business, she focuses her efforts on marketing the Tamber Bey brand and growing the company's direct-to-consumer business.
Kendra Waitte is the EQQWine Club Manager for Tamber Bey. Prior to joining the family business, Kendra Waitte worked at XL Construction, a prominent commercial general contractor, as a Senior Project Administrator working on projects for Google, Ford Motors and Genentech. Kendra is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, from which she received her Bachelor of Science and Communications. Having grown up in the wine industry Kendra developed a passion for wine at an early age.
Tamber Bey Winemaker Derek Flegal
Calistoga native Derek Flegal was named winemaker for Tamber Bey Vineyards in June, 2020 after two years in the assistant winemaker position. He began down his path toward a career in winemaking after working back-to-back harvests in St. Helena and Mendoza, Argentina in 2011 and 2012, respectively. With two harvests under his belt, he decided to further his education by studying Enology at Fresno State University. Upon completion in 2014, he took a cellar worker position at Outpost Wines, where he began his working relationship with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. From there, he spent three years at Jericho Canyon Vineyard, where he honed his cellar and laboratory skills and worked his way up to Assistant Winemaker. While there, he gained valuable experience by working alongside such renowned winemakers as Michel Rolland, Aaron Pott and Heidi Barrett. Flegal lived in Spain for 4 years and Argentina for a year, where he developed a love for travel, culture, and the great wines of the world.
Tamber Bey Estate Director Michael Ploetz
Michael discovered the world of wine while studying abroad on the Spanish island of Mallorca. After receiving a degree in hospitality from the University of Wisconsin, he embarked upon a career-long obsession with fine wine and cuisine. Following college, Michael joined Four Seasons Hotels, where he spent five years in operations. He has led openings and operations of venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for Chefs José Andrés, Michael Voltaggio, and Chris Cosentino. Additional affiliations have included Auberge Resorts, The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills, and Las Alcobas Napa Valley. In 2019, Michael transitioned to work within the wine sector, leading as General Manager at the Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate in St. Helena, California, with winemaker Philippe Melka and Michel Rolland. Then in 2021, he began his current role as Estate Director for Tamber Bey Vineyards in Calistoga, California.
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