Sonoma — Nick Woodhams will lead the Westwood Wine Direct-To-Consumer efforts as excitement builds for the first wines crafted by the new Philippe Melka led winemaking team, including the 2016 Legend red blend which has been reimagined and will first be shared with Westwood club members ahead of a spring 2019 release.
Woodhams has broad experience in leading luxury wine hospitality efforts, most recently as DTC Director for Trinitas Cellars in Napa. Earlier, he served in similar roles for Palmaz Vineyards and Silverado Vineyards, also in Napa. He has a consistent record of success in creating meaningful guest experiences, working closely with strategic partners, developing productive E-commerce channels and contributing to marketing efforts which effectively recruited and retained club members. He will serve as Director, DTC for Westwood.
At the beginning of his career he was part of the Market Restaurant Group management team, overseeing multiple restaurant concepts from a casual enoteca to a chef-inspired fine dining concept. Woodhams holds the Level II Certification from the Master Court of Sommeliers.
The Westwood Tasting Salon is in Vine Alley on the Square in Sonoma, offering an intimate tasting experience of Pinot Noir and Rhône wines from the Biodynamically farmed Annadel Gap Estate Vineyard in Sonoma Valley.
Woodhams will introduce the first Melka Legend for a select group of Westwood patrons eager to experience the unique blend of the finest Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre lots along with Cabernet Sauvignon Melka has personally selected to enhance the blend.
Westwood’s Annadel Gap estate vineyard features carefully focused blocks of nine clones of Pinot Noir, four clones of Syrah, and micro-blocks of Counoise, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Tannat, Roussanne and Viognier. The vineyard earned Biodynamic certification from the Demeter Association in 2017, along with organic certification from Oregon based Stellar Certification. The former dairy farm studded with Black Walnut groves features a gently sloping profile ranging from 410 to 530 feet, with four distinct soil zones of various loams resembling the famed Gold Ridge soils more common to Western Sonoma County. The vineyard is one of the coolest sites in the Sonoma Valley, more closely resembling vineyards found further west in the Petaluma Gap.
The Westwood Tasting Salon offers seatings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday thru Monday. Reservations are available by calling  933-7837 or online at www.westwoodwine.com