The first LEED® gold-certified green winery in New York

Vineyard and Winery Staff

Dedicated and Indispensable


Zach joined Red Tail Ridge as the assistant wine maker in May 2013. He got his start during a couple of harvest seasons producing premium Pinot Noir and Riesling in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Later on he expanded his love of rare varietal wines during a year managing a wine program at a New York City hot spot. He obtained his masters in Enology at Cornell and completed training at several local wineries. Zach is excited be a part of Red Tail Ridge team in producing some of the most interesting and delicious wines on the Finger Lakes.

Jim From Native to Vinifera grape varieties, Jim has been there, seen it, trimmed it. Current resident of Penn Yan, NY he keeps a busy schedule, but can usually be found outdoors. When he’s not spending time with his wife Karen and two children—Jess and Tim; his “home away from home” is our vineyard. Hidden somewhere along a row of vines, Jim can usually be found with a headset radio, a smile and big wave which comes complete with one of his ever present witty jokes. For Jim, The Finger Lakes region is a place he’s happy and completely content to call home.


Danielle joined Red Tail Ridge in May 2013 fresh out of college. She is currently Red Tail Ridge’s Tasting Room Manager.  In addition to overseeing tasting room activity, Danielle brings her journalism and public relations background to the sales and marketing assistant position to share Red Tail Ridge’s principles and values.  After growing up just below the Finger Lakes, she developed a passion for the region and knew that after her time at Pennsylvania State University she wanted to return and jump right into the wine industry.

Danielle is passionate about Red Tail Ridge’s focus on being a responsible winery with emphasis on quality and environmental awareness. She aims to manage the content for the winery’s website, social media and promotional materials. In addition, she will be involved in many of Red Tail Ridge’s events and activities both in the tasting room and for outside events. She is also the Nest Club Manager.

Jared began his love affair with wine 8 years ago when he found himself moonlighting at a wine shop in Upstate, NY. Soon after, he was in NYC working in both retail and wholesale wine sales, wine storage, and eventually received a certificate in Viticulture and Vinification from the American Sommelier Association.  No stranger to the Finger Lakes wine region; Jared has recently received his A.A.S. in Viticulture and Oenology from the Finger Lakes Community College. Prior to becoming an extension agent for Red Tail Ridge; Jared interned for RTR as a vineyard assistant and cellar rat.

As Jared is a huge fan of Teroldego, Blaufränkisch, and Dornfelder; it was important for him to work at RTR so he would be able to spend more time with his aforementioned varietal friends.

When not obsessing over wine: he enjoys obsessing over wine, music, cats, baseball, and a good taco.

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Taylor is RTR’s cellar hand for the 2014 season and will be experiencing his first harvest this fall. A Rochester native, he is joining the winery while finishing up his hockey career and various college classes.  Taylor’s interest in the wine industry was sparked by his family members working in the California wine scene. He plans to expand his skills and knowledge while at RTR and further his experience in the industry by traveling to other wine regions nationally or even worldwide.

Sarah came to the Finger Lakes in 2006 and found her new work home at Red Tail Ridge in October of 2007. The most important task she has is customer service in the tasting room, pouring and selling wine. Other duties include answering the telephone and e-mail, preparing wine for shipment to customers and competition, and taking care of the perennial – shrub boarder. In her previous life she did garden design and consulting, so was very happy to have the opportunity to design and maintain the garden at Red Tail Ridge. Sarah feels Red Tail Ridge is a great place to watch Red-tailed Hawks, the seasons change and the weather as it passes over Seneca Lake.

Linda arrived at Red Tail Ridge Winery in the Fall of 2007. She tasted the wine, met Mike and Nancy and was hooked. After a career in education she discovered that there is no better way to spend retirement than tasting, serving and introducing others to Red Tail Ridge wine.

Bobby “Welcome to Red Tail Ridge” is the first thing you’ll hear when Bobby is in the tasting room. She loves to hear about your adventures in wine, while you are tasting ours. Her favorite wine “depends on the day” but our “obscure red varietals” hold a special place in her heart.

Her other favorite thing is spoiling Scooter and Shazzam.

Gail She became a fan of Red Tail Ridge wines over the past couple of years and was thrilled to begin working in the tasting room in Fall of 2012. During the week you’ll find her in Ithaca, but over the weekends, in the warmer months, you’ll find her on Seneca Lake, her favorite of the Finger Lakes.

Katie Since moving to the Finger Lakes in 2009, Katie caught the “wine bug” and took a keen interest in Red Tail Ridge Winery. When she found a tasting room position offered she knew it must be kismet. She’s especially fond of the “obscure red varietals” and is excited to be working and learning about wine in her favorite tasting room.

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Karen now lives in Geneva, but is originally from Penn Yan and grew up right down the road from Red Tail Ridge Winery before it was even here. So this is her old stomping grounds. She loves our wines, especially the Rieslings, and is excited to share that love with you.

ShazzamWinemaker Management

Shazzam is a seven year old German Sheperd. She is originally from Kentucky; we adopted her when she was about 8 weeks of age. Shazzam has A LOT of energy. She especially likes to play hide and seek where she gets to look for hiding people. She is also a little obsessive about retrieving. So if you ever visit, don’t be surprised if she deposits a stick, rock and/or toy at your feet. Be forewarned, once you start throwing for her—she will keep bringing it back. She is a little relentless, if you know what I mean.

ScooterPond Inspector and Mud Puddle Assessment

Scooter is an ten year old yellow Labrador Retriever. He has really mellowed out as he has gotten older; but he is still most happy when he is wet. He is an avid pond swimmer; in fact, it is very hard to keep him out of the pond. Scooty really doesn’t need an excuse to go in (like retrieving a stick, etc)–he just likes to swim for the heck of it. His favorite swimming stroke is the “dog” paddle in a figure 8 pattern. He’d be a great mascot for water ballet.

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