Laurie Hook

Laurie Hook

Beringer Vineyards (Winemaker Emerita)

Laurie Hook attributes her first spark of interest in wine to learning her family had roots in winemaking: Her ancestors had owned Château Olivier in France before the revolution. Laurie entered the winemaking program at the University of California, Davis, and after graduating in 1984, she traveled to Australia to work in a small Melbourne-area winery for six months. She did everything, from pruning the vines, driving a tractor, and harvesting the grapes, to making and bottling the wine and even selling it. It was a real hands-on education. A harvest at a Sonoma County winery followed.

Laurie began working at Beringer as an enologist in 1986, a job that allowed her to solidify the scientific side of her training. In 1997, she was named assistant winemaker to Winemaster Ed Sbragia, who has been a great mentor to Laurie. Laurie was promoted to winemaker for Beringer Vineyards in 2000 and retired from that position in 2015.

Outside of the winery, Laurie loves traveling, gardening, reading a wide variety of books, and collecting antiques. She enjoys relaxing while reading on her front porch with pets, Jake and Sophie, as well as spending time around the table with family and good friends enjoying great food and, of course, great wine.