Pulido~Walker Announces New Team Members
Napa, Calif.—Pulido~Walker proprietors Mark Pulido and Donna Walker
are pleased to announce the appointments of Julia Wildt as Hospitality
Director and Austin Gallion as National Sales Director, as the ultra-luxury
winery expands its operations.
"Donna and I are delighted to welcome Julia and Austin to the Pulido~Walker
team," said Mark. "We know their rich and deep hospitality, food, and wine
experience will actively support our Pursuit of the Possible."
Julia's preparation for her role as Pulido~Walker's Director of Hospitality
includes years of work for The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group at both The
French Laundry and Ad Hoc and as director of hospitality at various Napa
Valley wineries such as Harlan Estate Winery and Vineyard 7 & 8. She is a
Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, holds a Level 3
Certification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and a bachelor's degree
in culinary management from the former Cordon Bleu Culinary School. A Las
Vegas native, Julia made her mark as a sommelier for Guy Savoy and the MGM
Austin joins Pulido~Walker as National Sales Director with nearly 20 years
of high-end culinary, wine and hospitality experience. Most recently he was
director of hospitality at Vineyard 29 after working at Miner Family Winery,
where he learned the wine business.
He's a classically trained chef and holds a bachelor's degree in culinary
arts from Johnson & Wales. After an externship in Perigord, France, his love
of wine drew him to Napa Valley where he was executive sous chef for several
Michelin Star restaurants.
Focusing solely on 100% Cabernet Sauvignon single vineyard designates,
Pulido~Walker's award winning winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, crafts wine
from four distinctive Napa Valley vineyards including: Melanson Vineyard on
Pritchard Hill, Panek Vineyard in St Helena, Mt. Veeder Estate Vineyard, and
recently purchased Policy Estate Vineyard in Yountville. These classic
wines are expressed naturally to reflect each remarkable site's unique
"The Pulido~Walker Experience at Mending Wall Winery," a special curated
tasting, is available by appointment only; please call 707-226-1900 or email
email@example.com. Mending Wall is a partnership between
Pulido~Walker, Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and Outpost Founder Frank
Dotzler and where Pulido~Walker wines are produced.
Mark Pulido and Donna Walker grew up in pharmacy families and this early
common experience is integral to the Pulido~Walker philosophy. Their
scientific backgrounds make Mark and Donna precise, inquisitive and
analytical; they know that perseverance and long-term attention to detail
yield exceptional results worth waiting for. Pulido~Walker's wine label is
inscribed with an ancient apothecary weight bearing the seasonal symbols of
alchemy. This Old-World instrument of precise measure expresses the family's
ardent determination to craft extraordinary wine authentic to its unique
For more about Pulido~Walker, please visit: http://pulidowalker.com/.