Stephanie Putnam named Raymond Vineyards Director of Winemaking
Raymond Vineyards, part of the Boisset Family Estates collection of wineries, announced the appointment of Stephanie Putnam as Director of Winemaking. Putnam joined Raymond Vineyards in February of this year as part of a dynamic team that includes Kathy George, assistant winemaker at Raymond since 1990, Winegrower Eric Pooler, Consulting Winemaker Philippe Melka and Director of Operations Jim Nagel.
“Stephanie understands the crucial role Raymond Vineyards has played in Napa Valley’s history. We are thrilled to have her join our mission to build on the winery’s rich family heritage and pioneering spirit as we continue the Raymond Vineyards’ legacy,” said Jean-Charles Boisset, president of Boisset Family Estates.
“I have always considered Raymond Vineyards a benchmark for high quality Napa Valley wines with elegance and finesse,” says Putnam. “Our strength lies in our terroir and our people. I look forward to staying true to Raymond Vineyards’ wine style while making immense contributions to its future evolution.”
Before joining the Boisset Family Estates team, Putnam spent eight years as winemaker at Far Niente Winery where she contemporized their house style. Prior to Far Niente, she was part of the team at Hess Collection, where she began as a cellar worker and rapidly progressed to winemaker. While at Hess Collection, Putnam also worked with the winery’s South American partners. Throughout her tenure at these highly acclaimed Napa Valley estates, Putnam has focused on producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Her wines have won acclaim, including recognition in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100, the Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100, and being named The Wine News Cabernet of the Year.
A Northern California native and graduate of U.C. Davis with a B.S. in Fermentation Science, Putnam developed her passion for winemaking at an early age thanks to her family’s appreciation of gourmet food and wine. She fondly remembers many childhood trips to the Napa Valley where her parents would come to enjoy and collect wine. Stephanie currently resides in Napa with her two large, lovable Labradors.