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WINEMAKING TEAM

Danielle Cyrot, Winemaker

Danielle Cyrot brings to CADE a diversity of winemaking experience.  Having grown up with a French father with whom she took annual trips to France, Danielle was exposed to the winemaking history of her family from a young age.  Her great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors who owned the Cyrot vineyard in Burgundy’s prestigious Côte de Beaune.

Danielle had no plans to carry on her family’s winemaking legacy when she enrolled at the University of California, Davis; however, that quickly changed when she took an introductory winemaking class and knew she had found her calling.  While at Davis, she worked harvests at Schramsberg and Artesa in Napa Valley, learning the trade from the soil up.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in viticulture and enology, Danielle worked abroad at wineries in Alsace, France and South Australia.

Danielle comes to CADE Estate Winery from St. Clement, where she was praised for crafting elegant, structured and balanced wines with refined tannins.  Before taking on the role at St. Clement, she worked as an enologist and was then promoted to assistant winemaker at  Stag’s Leap under her mentor, Robert Brittan.


Brett Brockmeyer, Associate Winemaker

CADE Estate's Associate Winemaker, Brett Brockmeyer, has been a vital member of the PlumpJack family since his first harvest with the company in 2008.

Originally on track to study engineering, Brett fell in love with wine and winemaking. To Brett winemaking, "just seemed right." As a UC Davis alumnus, Brett began as a harvest intern at CADE Estate following graduation, after which he was offered a full time position in the cellar at PlumpJack. From there, Brett quickly moved up the ranks at PlumpJack and was promoted to Cellar Master in 2010, Enologist in 2011, and Assistant Winemaker in 2012.  And now Brett, as Associate Winemaker, has returned to CADE where it all began.

While at UC Davis, Brett also had the opportunity to intern during the 2007 harvest for Clos Pepe Estate in the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara and in 2005 for a vineyard management company here in Napa. These experiences have allowed Brett to develop a broad knowledge of the winemaking process from vine to bottle. 



Tyler Martin, Enologist

Tyler Martin, Enologist, joined the CADE cellar team in August 2013. After working diligently and honing his skill set, showing great passion and detail to his craft, he was promoted to Enologist in August 2015. A 2012 graduate of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Tyler had no intention of becoming a winemaker. Entering his freshman year, Tyler was studying Agricultural Business. Although he found his business classes useful, he felt his studies were not providing a creative outlet or fulfilling his passion for science. While looking into other majors, Tyler found the rapidly growing Wine and Viticulture Program.

Growing up in the Moraga, CA, he has always been in close proximity to the wine country. Spending time tasting and collecting wine with his father, he continued to nurture his interest and knowledge of wine.  Tyler’s first experience in winemaking came during his internship at Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo.  As a member of the 2010 Harvest team, Tyler was exposed to all facets of cellar work.  The long hours, the constant pump overs, and the sweet buzz of the crush line. He was hooked.

After graduating, Tyler spent the next year traveling the world gaining experience in both the northern and southern hemispheres.  As a harvest intern at Vineyard 29 in St. Helena, he got his first experience with the super-premium winemaking of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.  Furthering his winemaking education, he moved to Australia in February 2013 to experience two sparkling wine harvests: the first at Taltarni Vineyards in Victoria and second at Clover Hill Wines in Tasmania.  Through all these experiences, Tyler practiced many different winemaking styles and ideologies, which have all influenced him to become the winemaker he is today.

Since joining the production team at CADE, he has had the opportunity to create elegant, handcrafted premium wines, work with a dedicated team and further expand his winemaking expertise under the talented winemaking practices that Danielle has established.