The People Behind Carlton Cellars
Co-owner, grower, and winemaker Dave Grooters is a hands-on kind of guy who brings a former engineer's attention to detail to bear on everything he does, from vinification to pruning methodologies. His direct personal involvement in every aspect of Carlton Cellars is clear when you visit for a tasting. He’ll tell you the story of your glass of wine, the angle of the sun on that block of triple-7, how much fruit was dropped to achieve the concentrated flavors, and where in France the oak for the barrel came made from.
Co-owner Robin Russell (and Dave's better half) brings to the table all her experience as a Senior Client Partner with Korn/Ferry International, where she recruited CEOs and senior level C-Suite executives for the retail industry. She thrives on the work of making good matches, connecting people and making a difference. An avid animal lover, Robin cares for the adopted cats, the chickens and the goats of our Estate Vineyard menagerie.
Jessica is our Director of Sales & Marketing. Jessica's palate for Pinot Noir originally lured her to the Willamette Valley, but it was Oregon's full-bodied culture, focus of socioeconomic stability, and eco-conscious outlook that truly ignited her passion for this great state. Energetic and enthusiastic about the industry, Jessica brings an entrepreneurial background from creating her business Casttoo Cast Tattoos, a hospitality mindset from years of event planning, and an eye for marketing and business management to her role at Carlton Cellars.
Joe is our Cellar Master, managing the winery for Carlton Cellars and our custom crush partners. He joined us in 2011 from Panther Creek, where he worked for four years learning best practices in all aspects of winery operations. Additionally, Joe is an accomplished, trained chef with two decades of prior experience in food service and hospitality. He ran his own restaurant which he successfully sold in 2005. Joe is also passionate about all kinds of fishing, from fly fishing to deep sea and wilderness fishing. In his "spare" time, he makes handcrafted furniture from wine barrel staves which you’ll find gracing homes and vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley.
A graduate of New York's French Culinary Institute, Brooke Russell is a marketing and operations consultant to wineries and restaurants. She sharpened her knowledge of food and wine early on entertaining clients as a globetrotting fashion industry executive. It was Dave Grooters, whom she met through her sister Robin, who introduced Brooke to Oregon wine. In 1996 she came for a working vacation at harvest, and she was hooked. Brooke continues to consult with Carlton Cellars from NYC, where she lives with her husband, John Zaccone.
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