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Executive Director of Winemaking
Penny’s interest in wine began when her family moved to the Livermore Valley. However, it took a few years and the words of a friend to convince her that making wine was a career that did not require belonging to a winemaking family. In 1986 she landed a job as crush help at Jordan Vineyards & Winery, which lead to a 13 year career at Jordan. She was there for the inception of J Vineyards and Winery. In 1999 she was hired as the Assistant Winemaker for J, eventually working her way up to the Sparkling Winemaker position.
In 2007, Penny left J to work as a Winemaker for Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services. She also has her own brand, Coral Mustang, making Tempranillo wines.
Penny's talents have garnered more than 100 medals and awards in the past few years; more than 30 Best of Class, Double Gold and Gold medals in the past few years alone for Rack & Riddle and client wines. Penny was named “Winemaker of the Year” in Dec. 2013, honoring her significant contributions to winemaking. An incredible achievement, as contenders included the top winemakers from Sonoma, Napa and the greater Bay Area.
An accomplished writer and speaker, she was also selected as an expert panelist at the WIN Expo in Sonoma County, and most recently at the 2015 Women in Wine event in Napa.
Outside of wine, she loves cooking, fly fishing, gardening, traveling and motorcycling through the countryside on her Harley.
“Working for R&R has given me the opportunity to be an integral part of a new company that is being built from the ground up, just like my career”.