Testarossa Winery has announced the hiring of DeAnna Perry in the newly created position of Hospitality Manager. Ms. Perry will be running the winery's varied and popular visitor programs. Testarossa, in downtown Los Gatos, is a one-of-a-kind venue, offering daily tasting in its historic caves as well as hosting the popular Wine Bar 107 on its Niclaire Courtyard.
Ms. Perry brings many years of experience and success in the hospitality fields to Testarossa. Most recently, she has been an integral part of the Morton's Restaurants' team. Her tenure there included Assistant Manager titles at Morton's Cleveland and San Francisco locations, where, as Sommelier, she ran the wine programs. She was also part of Morton's national sommelier team that conducted staff trainings and hosted wine dinners and seminars. DeAnna's wine knowledge is impressive; she has earned several professional certifications: Certified Sommelier (CMS), Advanced WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust), Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators), Certified Spanish Wine Educator (The Wine Academy), French Wine Scholar (French Wine Society), and California Appellation Specialist (San Francisco Wine School).
Testarossa owner / proprietor Diana Jensen is very excited about the new hire: "DeAnna's experience and professionalism are a perfect fit for us. Her track record of customer service, industry knowledge, and team building will put our visitor operations on a par with any luxury winery in the state. Her initial "marching orders" are to look at everything we do from a fresh perspective and suggest "out of the box" ways in which we can make a visit to Testarossa the most memorable in the wine business."
When not at the winery, DeAnna continues her wine education and loves to host dinner parties. She enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and volleyball. Being from Kentucky, she is a big fan of U of K basketball.
Testarossa (Italian for "red head") was the nickname given Rob Jensen as a young university student in Italy. Rob and Diana Jensen left their high-tech careers and started Testarossa in their garage in 1993 with just twenty-five cases of wine. Today, the winery works closely with top winegrowers in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Rita Hills, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Russian River Valley, and Chalone appellations. The label has grown to national prominence among collectors and reviewers by cultivating long-term partnerships with passionate winegrowers and vineyards the likes of Garys', Pisoni, Rosella's, Bien Nacido, and Rincon.
Testarossa Winery's location at the historic Novitiate in downtown Los Gatos offers an unparalleled visitor experience and venue for truly dramatic private events, weddings, and meetings. The Testarossa tasting room is open daily. The winery also hosts "107," a patio wine bar. The winery's on-line home is testarossa.com