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Barry 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 on the Board of the Oakville Winegrowers Association. 

Jennifer Waitte

Jennifer Waitte is President and General Manager of 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. Jennifer met Barry in 2000, and eventually came to California in 2007.  Jennifer led Tamber Bey’s marketing efforts before joining the management team in 2008, first as the wine club manager and then later as general manager. 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.

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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.

 

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