In the late 1970s, while teaching math at San Jose State University and working a side hustle at a home-brewing supply store, Rick was encouraged to try his hand at winemaking—and fell deeply, madly in love. His hunger for grapes soon inspired him to become a grape broker, earning access to extra fruit while forging relationships with vineyard owners throughout Northern California. This gig allowed him to be in the right place when a certain Pinot Noir vineyard—the first acreage in our estate—went up for sale in 1989.
A self-taught farmer who (along with friends and family) built our gravity-flow winery by hand, Rick enjoys experimenting with different varietals and winemaking methods. His heart will always belong to Pinot Noir, but as a passionate viticulturist and vintner, he remains ever-curious about the whole world of wine.
While training to be a chef at San Francisco's California Culinary Academy, Patrick took an inspiring wine course that required field trips to wine country—and ultimately changed his career plans. Curiosity lured him from the kitchen to his first wine harvest in 2002, and by 2005 his passion for wine had snowballed into an enologist position at Sonoma County's Radio-Coteau. He later worked in both wine and olive oil production at the Dry Creek Valley's Preston Farms and Winery, where he was exposed to biodynamic farming practices.
Moshin's full-time enologist since 2017, Patrick also makes his own Intent Wines (Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley Syrah, and Sonoma Sangiovese), and continues to cook like a pro chef for his wife and children.
A native of St. Helena in the Napa Valley, GW grew up helping out in small vineyards and cellars, rarely imagining life outside California wine country. Then 9/11 happened, inspiring the then-17-year-old to head east to military college, after which he was commissioned by the U.S. Army; he served as an infantry officer, Airborne paratrooper, and Ranger before becoming a rifle platoon leader during his first tour in Iraq. Prior to being stationed in Germany in 2011, he traveled to the Champagne region of France, where he saw area farmers and winemakers hard at work—and re-discovered his love for wine.
Following a 2014 deployment in Afghanistan, he left the military to pursue a career in (of all things) deep-sea diving. But though he became certified in Florida as a dive medic, scuba instructor, and underwater welder, work in these fields proved elusive, so he returned to California to find his place in the wine industry.
He soon took a harvest internship at Pahlmeyer, went on to Williams Selyem as a winery operations trainee and cellar worker, then joined the Moshin cellar team in spring 2019. GW lives on a Knights Valley ranch with his girlfriend and Viszla dog, Krieger, and looks forward to making Anderson Valley Pinot Noir under his own label, Lussier-Cadet.
Amber used to tend bar at beloved local spots like The Altamont in Occidental, the lobby bar at the Hotel Healdsburg, and Underwood Bistro in Graton, but it was a tasting room gig at Rochioli Vineyards that ignited her passion for wine.
And speaking of passion: In 2003, a wine shop owner discreetly introduced her to Rick Moshin, whom she married soon afterward. When our Westside Road winery was opened in 2005, she began exclusively selling Moshin Vineyards wines—and has been doing so ever since.
An artist in multiple media, Amber has also designed several of our specialty wine labels. She's pictured here with one of her photos on canvas, as well as some of her Moshin label designs.
Marketing & PR Coordinator
A former travel writer, Wynne has toured more than 250 wineries around the world, learning about their winemakers, wines, vineyards, cellars, and marketing —and never tires of learning more.
Following a WSET 3 wine certification, a retail gig at a Washington, D.C. wine shop, and a life-changing trip to Burgundy, Melanie moved to Sonoma County in 2018 to work harvest at Moshin. She plans to make wine herself someday, and sees marketing and public relations as vital to success in the wine industry.
In addition to her obsession with wine, Melanie enjoys creating detailed artwork; gardening; playing bocce with her St. Helena-based team, Felici Amici; and making truly terrible puns.
Director of Administration
Janet and her brother Rick never had wine around their house while growing up, but when he moved up to Sonoma County in 1989 to pursue a winemaking career, she soon learned to love it. Throughout the 1990s, she sold Rick’s wines throughout Sonoma County; she’s since become responsible for everything from the winery’s accounting to inventory. A huge fan of our Calliope Vineyard Pinot Noir, she’s never missed a Moshin harvest and loves helping her family business succeed and grow.
Director of Hospitality
In 1995, then-teenage Julia helped her home-winemaker uncle bottle his harvest; by 2001, she was officially working in Sonoma County’s wine industry. Following a tasting room stint at Foppiano Winery and retail experience at a Healdsburg wine shop, she became Assistant Winemaker at the Dry Creek Valley's Teldeschi Winery. She joined Moshin in 2005 (she says she “came with the building,” as our Westside Road winery was built that same year), and after working one harvest year in the Cellar Lab, moved into Hospitality—where she still thrives today.
An avowed opera nerd, Julia runs our Reading Beween the Vines salons and curates our quarterly art shows.
Hospitality & Wine Club Coordinator
Colleen’s career in wine has been described as “somebody else's retirement dream.” In 1984, a Sunset Magazine article on the then-burgeoning Pacific Northwest wine industry led Colleen and her husband, Mark, to wineries in Washington’s Yakima Valley, where tasting room, admin, marketing, and sales positions would follow at wineries like Covey Run Vintners and Kiona Vineyards. A part-time retail gig at a Bellevue wine shop enabled her to further expand her wine knowledge. Colleen and Mark returned to California and moved to San Luis Obispo County in 2001, where she worked as Tasting Room Manager at Grey Wolf Cellars for a decade. A short stint in Arizona wine country would follow before Colleen and Mark arrived in Sonoma County in 2014—and she’s happily been at Moshin (and not retired) since 2016.
While studying Culinary Arts at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), with the intention of continuing at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hector realized that cooking wasn’t actually his true passion. Pursuing a path based on his love for wine instead, he soon worked his way to Tasting Room Lead at Ferrari-Carano Winery, and became a Moshin Vineyards Wine Club member before joining our tasting room staff.
Now re-enrolled at SRJC, he’s pursuing a Wine Business & Marketing degree, and enjoys discovering ideal food pairings for Moshin wines.
Born in 2015, Jasper is known more for his fuzzy eyebrows and skill at games of tug than what kind of dog he actually is. Sweet, playful, and devoted to his mom, Janet, he brightens the winery on weekdays with face licks and his wagging tail.