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Tim Bell

Tim Bell

Winemaker

Tim Bell, winemaker at Dry Creek Vineyard, has worked with a wide range of grape varieties and wine styles in Napa Valley, Sonoma, and the Central Coast: still wine, sparkling, dessert, even Kosher. Tim’s creativity in blending and extensive experience shaping wine quality in the vineyard made him a great choice for the winemaking team at Dry Creek Vineyard starting in 2011. He graduated with honors in winemaking at UC Davis, learning the intricacies of wine chemistry and microbiology that inform his stylistic choices in creating delicious blends. With this education, and formative experiences in a previous career selling wine, Tim arrived at a balanced, complex winemaking style shaped by his precise palate and preference for wines that define their varietal character.

Early in his career, Tim worked at Freemark Abbey, helping to shape the wine style and vineyard program.  Later, he became the Director of Winemaking at Kunde, gaining critical acclaim for his Sauvignon Blancs, Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignons.  All of this experience has prepared Tim for what he has called “his best winemaking job.”

At Dry Creek Vineyard, Tim has brought his level of precision and detail to our cellar making numerous tweaks and changes all in the name of improved wine quality.  Many of his most important decisions begin in the vineyard, where he works closely with vineyard manager Matt Vogensen to ensure each block is producing the desired yields.  Picking decisions at harvest are often made by walking the vine rows and tasting grapes.  His hands-on nature and positive attitude have made Tim an invaluable member of the senior management team.

Away from the winery, Tim spends time outdoors with his family as much as he can, usually somewhere involving bodies of water. His other interests include music of all kinds and good food (and wine!). Weekends often find him grilling the tastiest burgers on the west coast.  Recently, Tim relocated with his family to Santa Rosa, CA to be closer to the winery.

 
Noval Perrill

Nova Perrill

Assistant Winemaker

Nova Perrill, who joined Dry Creek Vineyard in July 2008, is an integral part of the winemaking team. From lab management to cellar supervision, Nova ensures that each and every Dry Creek Vineyard wine is held to the highest standards. Nova had no ties to the wine industry, but recognized that it fitted his talents for creativity and hard work. He earned his degree in ecology and systematic biology from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. Upon graduation he decided to go back to school for a Master’s degree in viticulture and enology from Cal-Poly. It was then that he discovered the world of winemaking.

Nova’s first 4 years of experience came as the assistant winemaker and viticulturalist at Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Working with small batches of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, Nova accumulated an impressive list of highly rated wine from one of the more prestigious properties in all of California.

Nova owes his foundation of knowledge to those first four years of work. However, he recognized that being a complete winemaker required more than just the ability to make ultra premium boutique wines. Dry Creek Vineyard offered him the opportunity to produce the highest value wines possible at one the state’s most recognized names.

Now a resident of Sonoma County, Nova enjoys the bounty of harvest this region has to offer with his wife Christin and his children, Nova II, Jane and Hans.