Katie Quinn

Katie Quinn

Winemaker (Winemaker Emerita)

Katie Quinn first earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Sonoma State University, which was followed by a Master of Science Degree in Enology at the University of California, Davis, in 1983. Her first position in the wine industry was enologist and cellar worker at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma. There she gained a solid foundation in and appreciation of winemaking.

In 1986, she moved on to join her husband, Ben Zeitman, at Amador Foothill Winery, which was founded in 1980. Located in the picturesque foothills east of Sacramento with a spectacular view of the Sierras, the winery produced classic vineyard-designated Zinfandel and was among the pioneers in making Sangiovese in California. Katie and Ben Zeitman also offered Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Aglianico, Syrah, and a new Rhone-style blend called Katie’s Cote.

Katie’s winemaking vision was that wines should be varietally true, tasting of their grape origins with a discrete use of oak for texture and complexity. In her mind, there was no substitution for walking the vineyards, observing the conditions, and, most importantly, tasting the ripening grapes to determine when they are literally bursting with flavor.

Katie and Ben sold their winery in 2014 to Tom and Beth Jones, former stakeholders of Lava Cap Winery, and are now enjoying their retirement from the industry.