Brie Cadman

Brie Cadman

Tulocay Winery (Winemaker & Owner)

Brie Cadman has an impressive background in science, as do many talented winemakers. Born and raised in Napa, winemaking was initially not her intended career path. Reflecting this, she earned a B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999 and subsequently completed a Master of Public Health, Epidemiology degree there in 2006. From early 2007 to mid-2009, she was a staff writer and editor for Reel Girls Media, a company that produces television and new media programs. Brie then had a six-month stint as Health Editor for Change.org, followed by her on-going role as a freelance health and science writer.

In July, 2012, she joined her father at Tulocay Winery in the Napa Valley, a winery he founded in 1975. She had been taking classes in enology at Napa Valley College, thinking ahead to when she would take over from her father as Tulocay’s winemaker. With her father’s guidance, she has been responsible for every vintage since 2012.

Brie somehow found the time to use her background in public health in order to work at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from early 2014 to mid-2015 as its specialist for tobacco policy. But this was not all she did outside of Tuolcay: after leaving UCSF, Brie added the role of associate winemaker at Judd’s Hill Winery and MicroCrush to her portfolio in the wine industry.

At Tulocay, Brie crafts Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Petite Syrah, among other varietals. She accomplishes this in a small cellar that is too small to accommodate a forklift, so she moves the barrels by hand. In her own words, “Every cellar has its own smell, its own microbiome, and when I open our door I am swept up in our unique ecosystem, which smells of my youth and of much wine spilled and dried over the decades.” She adds, “If there is a ‘genius loci’ or spirit of place, I know it is not the smell of one wine but of the many in my cellar, the ones that came before and the ones yet to come.

Brie lives in Napa with her son, who is being trained to smell the difference between Chardonnay and Aligoté.