Chandon Senior Winemaker Tom Tiburzi Bids Farewell
Napa Valley, CA (June 2, 2016) – In the long-standing tradition of passing the baton from one cellar master to the next, Tom Tiburzi, Senior Winemaker for Chandon has handed his winemaking responsibilities in full to Pauline Lhote. A Champagne native, Pauline has honed her skills working side by side with Tom in the same way he learned his craft by working with Dawnine Dyer, Chandon’s winemaker from 1975 to 1999.
Tom joined Chandon as a Lab Enologist in 1989 and was promoted to winemaker in 2005. During those years he gained experience and skill with the guidance of Dawnine as well Edmond Maudiere and Richard Geoffroy of Dom Perignon, preserving the traditional methods and winemaking knowledge handed from winemaker to winemaker for centuries.
During his tenure, Tom took part in the growth of Chandon from a three-wine production to a rich portfolio of sparkling and still wines, including the winery’s newest sparkling cuvée Sweet Star.
Tom leaves his post with a fulfilled heart and says of the future, “Making sparkling wine in the traditional method is a team process. Because of the extended time spent aging, many of the wines in progress outlive any one winemaker’s tenure. As sparkling winemaker, I finished wines blended by the two sparkling winemakers before me, just as the wines that I have started will be finished by those that follow.”
Chandon Estate Director, Susan Caudry adds, “We offer Tom our deepest gratitude for his loyalty - he will always be a part of our team.”
Founded in 1973 by Moët & Chandon, Chandon was the first American sparkling wine venture established by a French Champagne house in Napa Valley. With more than 1,200 acres of prime vineyard holdings, Chandon grows the traditional Champagne grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) in three of California’s finest appellations: Yountville, Carneros and Mount Veeder. Please visit us online at Chandon.com, like us on Facebook and follow us @ChandonUSA on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest