Deborah Schatzlein

Deborah Schatzlein

Born in East Haven, Connecticut, Deborah (Deb) Schatzlein loves people and having fun. She grew up with an extended family that would gather regularly for big parties that ran late into the night.

Deb has degrees in chemistry and biology and has taken extensive coursework in viticulture and enology. After a career as a chemical process engineer, first in electronics, then in environmental engineering, she eventually decided to leave her day job and follow her passion for winemaking. Her grandparents had set the precedent for this early on, having made gin in their bathtub during Prohibition. She has worked her way from the ground up in the wine business, beginning in the cellar and lab, mentoring with acclaimed Napa Valley winemakers, and finally making her own wines in a collaborative environment with top California winemakers.

Deb's winemaking philosophy is to take the highest quality grapes and allow them to express their full potential by applying low-impact, hands-on winemaking techniques. At Bink, she produces Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, among other varietals and blends.