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Our people are what make us special, and we’d like you to meet them!

 

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Cathy Easton

Cathy grew up in Jackson, MI and went to college in Grand Rapids, MI, before moving to Berrien County where she met her husband Dale. She & Dale enjoy camping, canoeing, visiting different wineries, watching football (Go Colts!), and spending time with their 2 dogs Maya & Cooper. Cathy's favorite DBC wines are the Sauvignon Blanc & Crown of Cab.

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Jill Zuelke

Jill is originally from Orland Park, IL, and is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa.  She now lives in Sister Lakes, MI full-time after spending summers and weekends here while growing up.  In her free time, Jill enjoys making and selling jewelry on Etsy (@thecoppermug), spending time on the boat with friends and family, and entertaining her cat Nickey.  Jill’s favorite Domaine Berrien wine is Merlot.

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Anna Barry

Anna is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago and has been spending time in SW Michigan her whole life. She is currently on a gap year from college and is loving learning about our grapevines and winemaking process. Her hobbies include hiking, painting, and gardening. Anna's favorite Domaine Berrien wine currently is the Syrah.

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 Jennifer Quail

Jennifer is originally from SE Michigan, but has lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Virginia, & Washington DC. Her background is in museums and food, including stints in professional kitchens and historic demonstrations. She is also a published author of mysteries, fantasy, and horror. Her hobbies include traveling, Scandinavian crime dramas, playing with her Corgi & Beagle, and appearing on Jeopardy! Jennifer's favorite DBC wines are the Sauvignon Blanc, Wolf's Prairie Red, and whatever goes with what she's cooking!

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Breena Dubuque

Breena is originally from California, where she met her husband Jake. After moving many times, they settled in Berrien Springs with their 2 children.  They enjoy boating on Lake Michigan, hiking, kayaking, and playing with their 2 dogs. Breena also enjoys painting and hosting paint parties.  Though she enjoys many Domaine Berrien wines, her favorites are the Marsanne, Lemberger and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Jake Nivison

Jake grew up in the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City area of Michigan until his "Manifest Destiny" called him to move to the central coast of California. During his near decade out west, he obtained multiple degrees in Viticulture & Enology. In pursuit of learning the traditional Old World ways of grape growing and winemaking, Jake studied in Germany before returning to Michigan to begin his career in the Lake Michigan Shore AVA. When not in a vineyard or wine cellar, Jake enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and cooking. His favorite DBC wines are the Viognier and Crown of Cab.

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Luis Escobar

Luis immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, and is our vineyard foreman. Luis and his wife Tammy live here in Berrien Springs with their three children, Brianna, Caitlyn, and Luis, Jr. When Luis is not working, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and attending his children’s school events. Luis' favorite Domaine Berrien wine is Pinot Noir.

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Katie Maurer

Katie grew up in Kalamazoo, finally settling in the Berrien Springs area after retiring from her construction scheduling job to start her second career – running the winery! Katie is a University of Michigan graduate and is proud to cheer for the Wolverines! Go Blue! When not at the winery, Katie loves walking with her dogs thru the vineyards or sitting on the deck with a glass of wine, bird watching. Katie’s favorite Domaine Berrien wines are the Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Marsanne. Drink White!

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Wally Maurer

Wally is originally from Shaker Heights, OH. After giving up his corporate career as a purchasing manager, he settled in Berrien Springs to pursue his true passion – growing grapes and making great wine! He loves being outdoors working in the vineyards, or talking to guests about what we do and how we make such excellent wine. When not at the winery, Wally can be found fishing or hunting. His favorite Domaine Berrien wines are the Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Crown of Cab. Drink Red!

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Baco Noir   2002 - 2015

Sweet Baco, our first winery dog! Anyone who is a regular at the winery knew and loved Baco. Baco was our larger than life Black Lab. He had three main passions in life: playing ball, eating anything anyone dropped, and sleeping in the back room. Baco was a celebrity, having been featured in the “Wine Dogs of America” book on page 306! Baco did not have a favorite Domaine Berrien wine – he loved them all!  Baco passed away on February 13, 2015, but will always be a part of our winery.  RIP Baco Noir.

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Mocha  2009 - 2020

Mocha was our loveable winery barker – part Akita, part Terrier, and lots of other parts unknown! He was very sweet & loving, but he thought it was his job to guard the back room. Mocha took on his role of big brother very seriously, and wrestled and played chase with his younger fur brother Maxwell.  Mocha's favorite wine was Viognier or whatever was in Wally's glass! Mocha passed away on May 3, 2020, but will always be a part of our winery.  RIP Mocha.

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Maxwell

His full name is "Maxwell Smart, Agent 86."  Maxwell is part Golden Retriever, part Terrier/Boxer and 100% handsome!  He loves, loves, loves chasing his ball and running thru the vineyard!   Maxwell has also mastered swimming and stick chewing and drinking Grandma's Red when it drips out of the dirty wine glasses in the dishwasher!

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Cooper

Cooper is the newest addition to our winery family! He is a black labrador retriever puppy and is still learning the ropes around the vineyard and winery. Cooper just turned one year old and is working on his commands and manners - Good Boy, Cooper!

 

 

Mocha is our most recent addition to the Domaine Berrien family – part Akita, part Terrier, and lots of other parts unknown! He is very sweet & loving and is currently learning his winery manners from his big “brother” Baco. We think some agility training or Frisbee catching might be in his future! Mocha is still too young to drink, so we don’t know which wines are his favorites yet!

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