Sabrine Rodems

Sabrine Rodems

Scratch (Winemaker & Owner)

Wrath Wines (Winemaker)

Sabrine Rodems was exposed to the good life as far back as she can remember. As the youngest of six children, her parents did everything that was cheap or free, and back then that included winery tours, Marin Cheese Factory tours, and camping. She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Film and Television from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduating in June of 1992, she spent the next decade working as an electrician, carpenter, and Jill-of-all-trades for stage and screen (movies, opera, plays, and other productions). In the late 1990s, Sabrine decided she wanted to do something that more directly combined art and science. After taking some pre-science courses, she applied to the University of California, Davis where she earned her Master of Science in Viticulture & Enology. She worked closely with several members of the faculty doing research and also completed an internship at Gloria Ferrer Winery, known for its sparkling wines.

Sabrine joined San Saba Vineyards in June of 2004 and was promoted to winemaker in March of 2006. In 2007 the brand changed to Wrath, with more rigorous farming and further attention to detail in the winery. She is the on-site, full-time winemaker, and does everything from working in the cellar to putting the final blends together. The philosophy guiding her winemaking is one she learned from the well-regarded French winemaker, Jean-Louis Chave, in 2003 when he was meeting with UC Davis students. “Let the wine tell you what to do, don’t try to tell the wine what to do.” At Wrath, Sabrine focuses on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. In addition, she has her own brand, Scratch, where she crafts small-lot Riesling, Grenache, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon from fruit sourced from the Monterey, Arroyo Seco, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Santa Cruz Mountains AVAs. A measure of her winemaking skills is her being awarded a double gold (best in varietal and best in class) in the Jerry Mead New World Wine Competition for her 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.

Sabrine consults for Kori Wines and has an organization titled “Wines of Danger,” which comprises growers who have launched their own small brands, winemakers who had worked for other people but are now starting their own projects, and individuals who have started a second career in winemaking after leaving an unrelated field. She also is a board member of the Monterey Vintners and Growers Association and a member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. Sabrine enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, her beautiful chickens, and entertaining friends with her husband, Koorosh.