Tami Collins

Tami Collins

De La Montanya Estate Vineyards & Winery (Consulting Winemaker)

Ketcham Estates Winery (Winemaker)

Sapphire Hill (Winemaker)

Tami Collins is an aficionado of red wines, and she particularly enjoys working with Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. She favors the art of wine blending because it demands a bit of science and a lot of creativity.

Tami has a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and she has completed the coursework at the University of California, Davis in Wine Chemistry, Winegrape Production, and Sensory Evaluation. She has more than 10 years of experience making wine in Sonoma and Mendocino counties using super- and ultra-premium grapes. She was assistant winemaker for six years at Blackstone Winery where she learned the art of blending from award-winning winemaker Dennis Hill. Other experiences include working at Leasingham Winery in Australia and Dunnewood in Ukiah, CA.

In 2006, Tami was appointed winemaker and operations manager at De La Montanya. She is also the winemaker for Chateau Felice Winery, Sapphire Hill, and Ketcham Estates Winery in Healdsburg.

She and her husband, Jeff, have two children, a daughter Keely, and a son Kellen. Jeff also works in the wine industry and is General Manager at Asti Winery.