(Napa Valley, Calif.)—August 3, 2020 — Amici Cellars, longtime Napa Valley independent, family run winery, is pleased to announce the hiring of Dante West as Assistant Winemaker and promotion of longtime winery employee Roberto Barboza as Cellar Master.
“Our priority is to build a winery team that is focused on the long-term success of the winery,” said John Harris owner and CEO of Amici Cellars. “Dante and Roberto bring respected talent and knowledge to our winemaking team. I look forward to their contributions as we continue to evolve and invest in the future of Amici Cellars.”
Dante West joins the Amici winemaking team as Assistant Winemaker. Since graduating from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Viticulture & Enology, Dante has spent the last five years working for many of Napa and Sonoma’s premier wineries including Arista Winery, Mending Wall Winery, and Flowers Vineyards & Winery. During this time, Dante gained extensive experience working in the cellar, lab and vineyard. As Assistant Winemaker, Dante will work alongside Amici winemakers Tony Biagi and Jesse Fox in the winery where he will oversee operations and assist in crafting Amici’s acclaimed wines from Napa and Sonoma.
Roberto Barboza has been promoted to Cellar Master. With 25 years of experience working at wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including Cardinale, Provenance Vineyards, and Wattle Creek, Roberto has decades of experience in both the vineyard and cellar. Previously a cellar worker at Amici for the past four and a half years, Roberto is a highly regarded and dedicated member of the Amici winemaking team.
About Amici Cellars
Tucked into Calistoga’s hillside with spectacular views overlooking the Palisades, Amici Cellars is located only a few minutes from downtown Calistoga. More than 25 years in the making, Amici Cellars focuses on small batch winemaking to craft its flagship Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and select varietals, along with single-vineyard bottlings from many of Napa Valley’s most coveted heritage, hillside and valley vineyards. Amici Cellars’ winery is open to the public, by appointment, featuring a private tasting room. For more information or reservations, please visit www.amicicellars.com or call 707.967.9560.