Christopher Hansen, who began his cooperage career in 2004 before joining Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage in 2008, had been hired by John Forster to manage the Napa Valley. He was promoted to Sales Manager in 2010, after covering Napa and Oregon, and then to General Manager in 2012. He makes critically acclaimed Syrah from the historic Four Cairn Vineyard in St. Helena, in a partnership with his father-in-law.
Mark Canepa, Sales Territory Manager, Napa Valley and Bay Area
Cell Phone: 707-696-7693
Mark Canepa, a native Californian, took over from Christopher Hansen as Napa Valley Territory Manager in 2010. Before this post, he spent eight years in barrel rack sales, as the sales manager for Western Square, covering Napa and Sonoma Counties. Prior to that, Mark worked in high tech and telecom sales. Since 2004, he has made his own Syrah and Merlot. When not making wine or talking barrels, Mark’s time is spent swimming or coaching.
Michele Testa McGarry, Sales Territory Manager, Central Coast
Cell Phone: 805-234-5902
Michele Testa McGarry came to Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage with experience in winemaking and wine industry sales. She has winemaking experience in Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties, as well as McLaren Vale, Australia. Michele worked as an assistant winemaker for Kendall-Jackson for a number of years, and more recently was the Central Coast technical representative for Enartis Vinquiry. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Wine & Viticulture, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business.
Adam Schulz, Sales Territory Manager, Pacific Northwest
Cell Phone: 509-240-6833
Adam Schulz was born and raised in Columbus, OH. He performed with opera houses, for more than eight years, domestically and abroad as a bass-baritone in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Teatro di Lucca in Lucca, Italy. Adam joined Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage following three years as General Manager of CorkWest in Kennewick, WA. He currently resides in Kennewick with his wife Karen, joined by their daughter Kathryn Grace and their dog Bonnie.
Marion Blanchet Ghiringhelli, Oak Alternatives Sales Manager
Cell Phone: 707-927-6405
Marion Ghiringhelli is a French native who was raised in Bordeaux and graduated from Université Michel de Montaigne and then Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Bordeaux-Ecole de Management. She has been in wine industry sales for more than ten years and knows the cooperage business well; most recently she spent five years specializing in oak alternative products. Marion also serves as director of sales & marketing at Heibel Ranch Vineyards, her husband Trent’s family winery, where he is winemaker.
Douglas Rennie, a fourth-generation cooper from Glasgow, Scotland, has been with Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage since before there was a cooperage. July 2014 marked his 23rd anniversary with the company. For Rennie, coopering is about tradition and craft, doing things the same as they have been done for hundreds of years. He loves how the ancient trade has been kept, while integrating modern technology for the ease of process. “It’s about tried and true methods. You follow the rules. Respect the wood,” Rennie says. Before coming to the US, he played semi-professional football (soccer) in Scotland for 12 years.
Andy Byars, a Glasgow, Scotland native, coopered there until 1993, when he was brought over to Napa for the opening of Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage. Master Cooper Douglas Rennie greeted Andy at the airport with a plaque on the afternoon of February 6th. Eighteen years later, his favorite things about coopering are enjoying the final product and doing the job right. “Anyone can make a barrel look pretty,” Byars says. “But to get the inside right—that’s another story.” In his spare time, he and his wife, an enologist, love to cook and especially cooking food to pair with wine.