Chad, co-founder and CEO of Soutirage, grew up fully immersed in the dynamic culture of the Napa region; from an early age he pruned vines, washed barrels, and drove tractors for pocket change.Read More...
Chad Meyer, Founderclose
Chad, co-founder and CEO of Soutirage, grew up fully immersed in the dynamic culture of the Napa region; from an early age he pruned vines, washed barrels, and drove tractors for pocket change. Chad's father, Justin Meyer, founded Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, CA in 1972, a pioneer winery in the burgeoning Napa Valley region.
With Soutirage, Chad strives to build upon this family legacy of excellence, combining his entrepreneurial vision with his lifelong passion for wine. Meyer Family Office, which Chad co-owns and manages, is a business that incubates start-ups. In addition to Soutirage, Meyer's current projects are focused on G, a singular private wine club.
When he isn't working (and even when he is), Chad loves to travel, whether by train, Airstream trailer or as the pilot of his own small aircraft; he also sits on the Foundation Board for Napa Valley College.
Through her diverse background, Aimee brings keen operational expertise, familiarity and entrepreneurial experience to her role as COO of Soutirage.Read More...
Aimee Meyer, Founderclose
Through her diverse background, Aimee brings keen operational expertise, familiarity and entrepreneurial experience to her role as COO of Soutirage. In operations positions that have spanned industries-from stock investing and asset management to publishing to iconic retail operations-Aimee has gained invaluable experience in business management and operational analysis.
In Boston, Aimee received her Bachelors degree Magna cum Laude, passed Series 7 and 63, and helped start a middle markets group at Bear Stearns. It was there, in working with significant private wealth, money managers and foreign banks, that she honed her understanding of customer service and her sense of urgency. With interim stints in Europe, Woods Hole and on an oceanographic research schooner in the Caribbean-her waning wanderlust led her home to the beautiful Napa Valley. Born and raised in the region, many of her contemporaries are part of the new generation of winemakers, having either started their own wineries or continued traditions begun by their parents or grandparents.
In addition to her work at Soutirage, Aimee also maintains an active role in the Napa Valley community, where she sits on the Foundation Board for Queen of the Valley Hospital.
Director of Sales
Growing up immersed in the hospitality business, Brett Taylor always understood the importance of exceptional, personalized service.Read More...
Brett Taylor, Director of Salesclose
Growing up immersed in the hospitality business, Brett Taylor always understood the importance of exceptional, personalized service. Determined to have a restaurant of his own, he set out to master the intricacies of owning and operating a successful restaurant. A fortuitous stage in a restaurant revealed the world of old and rare Italian wine, and the rest is, as they say, history. Brett went on to work with some Philadelphia's top culinary talents, learning the art of fine dining and honing the skills needed to develop inspired wine pairings.
After six years in Philadelphia, Brett moved to New York to pursue a career in fine and rare wine advisement for private clients. He joined Soutirage in the fall of 2009 as a wine advisor, attained his Advanced Sommelier level in 2013, and now leads the Soutirage wine team forward on the service and sales fronts.
Born in Washington D.C. the youngest of four children, Alex and his family moved to Los AngelesRead More...
Alex Weil, Wine Advisorclose
Born in Washington D.C. the youngest of four children, Alex and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was three years old-and he has called it home ever since. While earning his degree in Art History, with a minor in business, at the University of Southern California-Alex was visiting a college friend's family winery in Sonoma County when something clicked. Sharing a table in which everything served was made and grown by the family; he realized that he wanted to pursue a life in wine.
After college, Alex went to work at Wally's Wine and Spirits in 2002-the most established wine store in LA-where he remained for five years. But, he soon realized that he wanted to pursue a restaurant career. He began at the Four Seasons Los Angeles, until being hired as a sommelier at Nancy Silverton and Marion Batali's Osteria Mozza, in summer of 2007. Within a year, he was promoted to manager and head sommelier of Pizzera Mozza. In 2009, Alex was hired away as head sommelier on part of the opening team of Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills.
The son of a chef, Pablo grew-up in kitchens all over the world-from Commander's Palace in New Orleans, where his father was executive chef, to Guatemala, Tokyo and the Napa Valley-with multiple ports in between.Read More...
Pablo Kovacs, Wine Advisorclose
The son of a chef, Pablo grew-up in kitchens all over the world-from Commander's Palace in New Orleans, where his father was executive chef, to Guatemala, Tokyo and the Napa Valley-with multiple ports in between. Genetic predisposition led Pablo to his own career in hospitality, which took him from Tra Vigne in St. Helena to Seattle, where he worked his way up from busboy to lead line-cook at Beard-awarded Fuller's, where he worked for renowned chefs, William Belickis and Monique Barbeau. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Washington, Pablo landed in Los Angeles, where he worked for award-winning chefs, David Lefevre and Thomas Keller, turning his focus toward wine and spirits.
An avid golfer and car enthusiast, Pablo's wine proclivities range from mature Rioja to the bourgeoning avant-garde, site-driven wines coming out of California.
Kate Grehl hails from Upstate New York, where many of her lifelong passions-golf, sailing, skiing, and horseback riding-have their roots.Read More...
Kate Grehl, Wine Advisorclose
Kate Grehl hails from Upstate New York, where many of her lifelong passions-golf, sailing, skiing, and horseback riding-have their roots. She attended Drew University and achieved an MA in Art Management from Boston University. Her love of the arts was put to practical use as an apprentice for the Washington Ballet. Kate began her wine-industry work in Publishing at Wine & Spirits Magazine, but ultimately traded office wear for winery boots and embarking on a series of harvests-from the Finger Lakes to Argentina, Sonoma, and Austria. While Kate loves Burgundy and Grüner Veltiner, her first wine project was a biodynamic, carbonically macerated Argentinian Syrah. She joins Soutirage fresh from the vineyards, having passed her WSET with distinction and with plans to tackle the Diploma.
Wine Services Advisor
Growing up in Carmel Valley, Lucy Anderle's love of vineyard landscape inspired a curiosity for all things wine-she curated her first wine list in college, and summers home in California were spent working harvest.Read More...
Lucy Anderle, Wine Services Advisorclose
Growing up in Carmel Valley, Lucy Anderle's love of vineyard landscape inspired a curiosity for all things wine-she curated her first wine list in college, and summers home in California were spent working harvest. While studying abroad at Oxford University she joined the Blind Wine Tasting Team and competed throughout Europe, diversifying her palate and learning directly from the producers she admires. After graduating magna cum laude from Wellesley College, Lucy bid goodbye to Boston winters and headed back West to Napa. As a Wine Services Advisor for Soutirage, she relishes working directly with clients to ensure the integrity of their cellars and collections.
On weekends she returns to her roots, wine tasting all over the valley in preparation for the WSET, or else hiking the Sonoma Coast.
Wine Services Advisor
Originally from the deserts of Phoenix, Arizona, Hanneke de Cooke always nursed a dream of living by the beach.Read More...
Hanneke DeCook, Wine Services Advisorclose
Originally from the deserts of Phoenix, Arizona, Hanneke de Cooke always nursed a dream of living by the beach. After completing her degree in Early Childhood Education, the opportunity presented itself as a job with Disney based California. Hanneke served as a VIP tour guide for the parks and graduated to guiding itineraries all over the world. Her experiences coalesced to define a love of people, food, and wine-ultimately leading her to Soutirage where she applies her extensive experience to developing Soutirage Travel.
On the weekends Hanneke's priority is still adventure, just now focused on her own hobbies including paddle boarding and trying new foods. Most of all, Hanneke enjoys walking her dog Beso on Newport Beach, where she now resides.
Senior Wine Buyer, Private Cellars US
Born and raised in New Zealand, Christina graduated from Canterbury University with an honors degree in Russian and Business Administration.Read More...
Christina Pate, Senior Wine Buyer, Private Cellars USclose
Born and raised in New Zealand, Christina graduated from Canterbury University with an honors degree in Russian and Business Administration. She experienced her first taste of old wine at a university Bordeaux tasting with Danny Schuster, and wine became an undercurrent of personal exploration through nine years of service in New Zealand's Foreign Service, including a three-year posting to the New Zealand Embassy in Bonn. On her move to the USA in 2000, she adopted wine as her full-time profession, gaining invaluable practical experience at K&L; Bonhams; and Vinfolio; interspersed with production work in the vineyards and winery of Forrest Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand. She was awarded the WSET Level 4 Diploma in 2013.
Passionately democratic about wine, Christina loves all varieties and all regions equally, although if pressed, German Riesling more equally than the rest. She finds wine collectors a fascinating and endearing group of people; and is always humbled by an old bottle of wine.
Wine Advisor, Spirits Buyer, and Writer
The son of a chef, Wyatt grew up in kitchens and restaurants, often ridiculed by his schoolmates for the contents of his lunchbox.Read More...
Wyatt Peabody, Wine Advisor, Spirits Buyer, and Writerclose
The son of a chef, Wyatt grew up in kitchens and restaurants, often ridiculed by his schoolmates for the contents of his lunchbox. In an act of defiance, he began collecting wine at a young age. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego, he went on to weather posts as a wine & spirits writer, magazine editor, internet entrepreneur, and entertainment executive. In 1998, he and his partners purchased and revamped the two-decade old, Underground Wine Journal, launching it internationally. Wyatt has had the pleasure of helping build collections around the US and abroad; he has organized wine and food events and judged international competitions. Having co-founded undergroundwineletter.com, he was a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, where he wrote about spirits, cocktails and food. His work has also appeared in Robb Report, the Wine Spectator, PUNCH, The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine."
Junior Wine Buyer
Tara Pray's recent move to Napa was a a significant change considering she was born, raised, and has lived in New York State her whole life.Read More...
Tara Pray, Junior Wine Buyerclose
Tara Pray's recent move to Napa was a a significant change considering she was born, raised, and has lived in New York State her whole life. After graduating from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, Tara worked in social services in New York City. Her transition to the wine industry was propelled by a passion for travel, food, and wine regions of the world. She has completed levels 1 and 2 of the WSET, as well as her spirits certification. Tara went on to become the Associate Buyer for Morrell & Company where she developed a love of Washington State and Rhone Valley wines.
Now truly bicoastal, Tara enjoys exploring her new state one tasting room at a time, or otherwise enjoying classic movies, trying new restaurants, and attending yoga classes.
With roots in London, Caryl emigrated to California chasing change, challenge, excitement, and sunshine.Read More...
Caryl Chakerian, Strategic Alliancesclose
With roots in London, Caryl emigrated to California chasing change, challenge, excitement, and sunshine. With twenty years in fine dining around the San Francisco and North Bay areas, she brings a broad background in event planning, project fulfillment and operational support, working with the likes of Neiman Marcus, Chef Bradley Ogden, and Piatti Restaurant Company. In the staffing industry, Caryl developed unique skillsets working with multiple Silicon Valley mastheads providing staffing solutions to an industry in constant flux.
Her loves-next to family-are good food, wine, and travel, and she spends as much time as possible in their pursuit. She and her husband plan their travel around gastronomy-from Michelin stars to street markets-always looking for new discoveries. Le Grand Vefour in Paris, Asador Etxebarri in Vizcaya and the redoubtable Nerbone at Mercato Centrale in Florence are among her favorites, to date.
A Michigan native, Patricia Edwards moved to the Bay Area as a child and has considered it her home ever since.Read More...
Patricia Edwards, Bookkeeperclose
A Michigan native, Patricia Edwards moved to the Bay Area as a child and has considered it her home ever since. She acclimated to the rhythm of wine country during eight years of overseeing properties in Napa and joining the industry was an organic progression. As Soutirage's bookkeeper, Patricia combines her degree in Business Accounting with a dedication to exceptional customer service-and of course, a love for carefully selected Rieslings.
During her free time, Patricia enjoys adventures with her four children-exploring the coast, road trips down to Southern California, or cheering on the Golden State Warriors.
Inventory Services specialist, Phil Morich, joins Soutirage with more than three decades of experience in wine logistics, education, and service.Read More...
Phil Morich, Inventory Servicesclose
Inventory Services specialist, Phil Morich, joins Soutirage with more than three decades of experience in wine logistics, education, and service. Phil's career began in Sun Valley, Idaho where he balanced working in fine-dining with mornings spent telemark skiing. While both became life-long fascinations, Phil gravitated towards wine service as a career. He went on to achieve his level two Sommelier Certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Level 3 of the WSET, and his Certified Specialist of Wine exam through the Society of Wine Educators. Wine education, both learning and teaching, has remained a cornerstone of Phil's work through off-premise retail and restaurant development, beverage design programs, and winery tasting room management.
When Phil isn't practicing his craft, he continues skiing, and forages wild mushrooms in Napa's secret spots.
Nick Meerholz spent the first thirteen years of his life in England developing a penchant for British tea cakes.Read More...
Nick Meerholz, Warehouse Servicesclose
Nick Meerholz spent the first thirteen years of his life in England developing a penchant for British tea cakes. He moved to North Carolina before venturing out West to join UC Davis' celebrated Viticulture and Enology program. His path to Soutirage lead through a variety of vineyards-Nick worked in production at Benziger, Derbes, Chateau St. Jean, and Artesa before joining our Warehouse Services team. Working throughout the valley helped cultivate an appreciation for Napa's natural beauty and today Nick enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his daughter and their two dogs.