Betsy O'Neill, Project Manager
 
November 18, 2013 | Our Team, Production | Betsy O'Neill, Project Manager

6 Questions with Brandy Leonards, wife of our winemaker, Kevin Mills

Our winemaker, Kevin Mills, spends countless hours perfecting the wine that we all enjoy to drink. Last week, I caught up with Kevin's wife, Brandy, to get her perspective on the life of a winemaker and what it's like to be married to one! 

Q: What is your favorite part of having a husband who is a winemaker?

A: Drinking the wine, and learning about the winemaking process. There are so many steps!

Q: What is your least favorite part of having a husband who is a winemaker?

A: The harvest beard!

Q: We’ve seen Kevin’s “harvest beard” that he grows from the first day of harvest to the last day of harvest. When did this tradition originate and how do you feel about it?

A: I’m not sure when it began but he has grown one for the past 9 harvests that I have known him. I made him shave it early one year for a wedding (for Jen Heim, our Director of National Sales) and he swears it affected the wine! I do not believe in the superstition, but he does, so the beard must grow.

Q: What is your involvement in the wine industry?

A: I am the Auctions Manager for the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV). The NVV is the nonprofit trade association that promotes and protects the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region.

Q: What’s your favorite wine that your husband has made?

A: Everything! But I have a soft spot for Pinot.

Q: Any requests for a wine that Kevin should make but hasn’t yet?

A: No, just continue to make high quality wine and save a few bottles of each for me. 

Let's hope he saves more than a few bottles for you, Brandy! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and especially for sharing your husband with us! Cheers!

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