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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.

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Assistant Winemaker

Adam Johnson, who joined Dry Creek Vineyard in March 2015, is an integral part of the winemaking team. From lab management to cellar supervision, Adam ensures that each and every Dry Creek Vineyard wine is held to the highest standards.

As a Sonoma County native, Adam is passionate about the vineyards and wine community that make up the Dry Creek Valley appellation. He earned his degree in enology and viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2011. Beginning with Harvest 2008, Adam went to work for Orcutt Road Cellars in San Luis Obispo, a 3,000 ton custom crush facility. Wearing a variety of hats throughout his tenure, Adam was eventually promoted to Enologist, overseeing all of the critical lab analysis and the wine integrity for each custom crush client. In this role, he was exposed to many different varietals from appellations around California allowing him to grow substantial experience in all facets of wine production.

Adam considers the past 7 years at Orcutt Road the proper “boot camp” training for his new role at Dry Creek Vineyard. His desire to be hands-on in every facet of winemaking, along with dreaming of a move back to Sonoma County, has landed Adam at his dream job. Newly married, Adam and his bride Andi reside in Santa Rosa, CA. Adam is thrilled to join the experienced and passionate cellar team at Dry Creek Vineyard.