Join us on Friday, August 3rd at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Baker & Brain and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of August. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Matt Brain, Owner/Winemaker
With a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences and a background in process engineering, Matt brings both naturalist philosophies and highly technical abilities to winemaking. After leaving a successful career in the Toronto area to pursue his dream of winemaking in California, he found himself working the 2006 harvest with a custom winemaking operation in San Luis Obispo. Matt was quickly promoted to supervise cellar operations for the facility’s premium label, while receiving mentorship from some of the most renowned and respected professionals in California.
During his short time in the industry, Matt has held Winemaker positions with renowned Central Coast wineries, earned a winemaking degree from U.C. Davis, partnered with the Central Coast Vineyard Team as a Sustainability Auditor, and established a strong relationship with the Enology and Viticulture Programs at both California Polytechnic University and Fresno State University. Matt has also conducted research on natural winemaking and grape antioxidants, and has served on numerous industry advisory boards dedicated to sustaining and improving the California grape and wine industries.
Josh Baker, Owner/Winemaker
Winemaker Josh Baker has been crafting wines on California’s Central Coast for more than 15 years. As a biological sciences major at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, Josh never envisioned he would end up in the wine world. “It turns out I have an affinity for alcoholic beverages. I started drinking wine in college when my best friend graduated three years ahead of me and entered the industry. It was free – cheaper than beer. By the time I was a senior, we were brown-bagging wines on each other and really starting to nerd-out on wine.” Josh cut his teeth at an industrial winemaking factory in Modesto, California, before making the move to the Edna Valley to focus on learning the craft of fine-winemaking. After a rapid professional ascent in the Edna Valley, Josh ventured both north and south to extend his expertise into the Paso Robles and Santa Barbara county areas. Josh aims to meld his knowledge of the Central Coast’s best growing regions with his passion and prowess for making and blending intense wines with strength and depth, while remaining appealing to the masses. When not working, you’ll find Josh cooking on his Big Green Egg or spending time racing RC cars with his 8-year-old son, Jack.