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Legends Behind the Craft

Aug 10, 2023

Barry Waitte, the President, Founder, and Vintner at Tamber Bey Vineyards, has transitioned from a tech industry background at Apple and AOL to become a prominent figure in the wine world. As the President of the Oakville Winegrowers Association, who’s also armed with a business degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, he has extended his leadership prowess. Barry's narrative, enriched by his passion for endurance horse racing and polo, weaves together his equestrian pursuits with his winemaking journey, embodying a harmonious blend of innovation and ardor.


Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Discover how the recent historic storms have reshaped the landscape of Napa Valley

  • Barry unveils the meticulous preparations undertaken to effectively brace for a wet season

  • Delve into the exciting developments at Tamber Bey Vineyards and the visionary leadership of Barry as the President of the Oakville Winegrowers Association

  • Uncover the story behind Tamber Bey Vineyards' Pinot Noir offerings and learn how challenges like Covid-19 and wildfires have shaped their approach

  • Dive deep into the essence of Mes Filles Vineyard Pinot Noir

  • Barry shares the sensory experience of a well-crafted vintage with a strong sense of place, discussing the magic that makes each sip special

  • Learn about Barry's motivations behind pursuing the art of crafting Pinot Noir, exploring the intricate process, and the satisfaction of collaborating with other wineries

  • Delve into Tamber Bey's Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir, discussing wood treatment, case production, and its origin in the Sta. Rita Hills

  • Barry introduces listeners to Tamber Bey's Pinot Noir from the UV Vineyard, sharing insights into its distinct characteristics and influences

  • Uncover the deep connection between endurance horse racing, polo, and Barry Waitte's profound passion for both horses and winemaking


In this episode with Barry Waitte

Step into the world of wine, weather, and passion with Barry Waitte of Tamber Bey Vineyards. Barry delves into the intriguing world of winemaking, sharing his insights on how historic storms and rain rejuvenate Napa Valley, his strategies to prepare for a wet season, and the latest developments at Tamber Bey.

In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Barry Waitte, President, Founder, and Vintner at Tamber Bey Vineyards. Join us for a sip of knowledge as we explore the nuances of Pinot Noir, from Mes Filles Vineyard to Radian Vineyard, discussing how this varietal embodies terroir and crafting techniques. With tales of custom crush winemaking and a deep passion for horses, Barry's experiences paint a rich tapestry of dedication, innovation, and the love of the land.


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