Small batch Wines influenced by our world travels. crafted by friends, for our friends.
Winemaker / Partner
Nearly a lifelong resident of Alabama, and a man (or goat) of many talents, Ted has experienced many professional pursuits, several of which allowed a significant amount of travel to the West Coast. After falling in love with Northern California, Ted finally moved to the California Bay Area in 2011 to pursue entrepreneurial adventures with his good friend Chris. Prior to the big move, Ted owned and operated a wine and tapas bar on the Gulf Coast of Alabama where he learned about the business, including the world of wine, and ultimately affected his desire to move to California to discover new opportunities.
Since his early twenties and as is customary for a Piscean, Ted dreamed of the wine lifestyle and living amongst the vines for many years. Not a kid anymore with the ability to return to full time university studies, Ted started taking classes at UC Davis and the Winemaker Certificate Program, when he had the dream opportunity to intern and learn from the best winemakers in Sonoma. Under the direction and mentorship of Dan Goldfield and Jeff Restel of Dutton Goldfield, Ted made it his passion to soak up as much knowledge and experience from these two amazing winemakers as he could. As the production assistant for Dutton Goldfield for the 2014 and 2015 harvests as well as performing vineyard work for Dutton Ranch, Ted and Nicole made one barrel of pinot noir from their home site at Morelli Lane in 2014 and thus began the Satyre era.
It goes without saying that Ted spends considerable time with our Satyre project but also is the proprietor of ArtSocial in San Francisco (a social experience involving sipping wine and painting in the comfort of local bars and restaurants) and operating the upcoming cinematography company, Soaring Goat Visuals, specializing in aerial video and photography of wineries and vineyards. Other interests include reading political philosophy and history, playing bocce with friends, walking the vineyards with Thea and traveling to wine producing regions of the world. Ted is the proud father of two terrific young adults, Connor (16) and Carly (19) who both live and work in Alabama against his strongest desires for them to be here in lovely California to help him craft beautiful wines for Satyre!
a.k.a. The Goat
Director of Hospitality, Sales and Marketing / Partner
Born in Adelaide, Australia, not too far from the Barossa Valley, Nicole grew up with wine in her life, however having no idea how much of an impact it would have on her future. An organic chemistry graduate of the University of Adelaide, she followed a scientific path with a brief stint as a research scientist at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Craving people and a dynamic environment, Nicole found herself back in the restaurant industry, learning management and studying wine. Her move to Detroit, MI gave her an incredible opportunity to be mentored by the first US female Master Sommelier, Madeline Triffon, which led her to become a somm herself.
Nicole’s passion for wine and her desire to move back to California had her packing up her Subaru Outback (of course), and driving out to San Francisco to become the next wine director of the esteemed Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Nicole’s passion to make everything just that little bit better allowed her to make a great impact on the beverage program, winning awards for her work.
Through great learning experiences, relationships and connections, Nicole eventually found herself living in wine country working for none other than Dan Goldfield and Steve Dutton at the highly regarded Dutton-Goldfield Winery. Her expertise in wine education, hospitality, direct to consumer sales and business development were a great fit for the winery business and a compliment to the team at Satyre. Besides running the hospitality, marketing and sales operations for Satyre, she has also been known to be a great slave in the winery during harvest, and begging Ted to make more single barrel lots!
a.k.a. The Girl
Blake & Lisa Everett
For Blake and Lisa, wine has been a part of their lives since they were both kids.
Blake’s first memories about wine were when his wine collecting father would drive up the California Central Coast twice a year and return with car loads of wine. When Blake finally turned 21, he met his dad in the Napa Valley and got really into the wine tasting experience. Some of his favorite visits at the time were the classics, Buena Vista, Mondavi, Martini & Korbel… and the most memorable was the fact that it actually snowed at Korbel that year!! Blake soon learned that wine was way better than bad gin and tonics and became quite fond of zinfandel in his early wine drinking days.
Lisa too grew up in a wine loving family. Her parents served her watered down French wine from as early as five years old, so she always had a taste for it.
Blake and Lisa visited the Napa Valley together pre-marriage and stayed at the iconic Meadowood Resort. As foodies of course they dined at the exquisite restaurant on property, however the kitchen lost power so the Chef and Sommelier had to improvise their meal. As to be expected with such expertise, they brought them really interesting things to eat and drink and it was these outstanding wine and food pairings that really opened their eyes and they were hooked.
It had been decided that the beauty, climate and farm to table movement of living in a wine growing region would be essential for these two foodies. Ever since they have lived in beautiful wine growing regions such as Paso Robles and Monterey, and now West Sonoma County. Their passion for food and wine, and a crazed notion to be in the wine business led them to join forces in Satyre Wines, where they are so far fooled that their partners in wine have at least a half decent palate.
When not schlepping wine, you can find these two hanging out on their beautiful property with their three horses, two Aussie cattle dogs Levi and Rosie (who love when Thea comes to play!), and cooking up a storm.
After moving to Tahoe in the late 1990’s to pursue his dream of Olympic Freestyle Skiing, Jeff inevitably landed in the perfect "work nights and play days" industry of restaurants. This is where wine was first introduced to the Jaegarmeister drinking future winemaker. Fast-forward through a failed ski career, thirteen years in restaurants, a narrow escape from opening a brick and mortar wine shop in New York, and, Jeff found himself as a "mature" student in the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology program. Post-graduation, a short stint at Merry Edwards and Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, CA, led to a position at the esteemed Dutton-Goldfield Winery where Jeff is currently the Associate Winemaker. Concurrently, Jeff was able to fool a young couple with hope and dreams in their hearts of starting their own label that I had some wisdom to offer in this venture. And it is why this bio currently sits on the Satyre Wine website. Enjoy the fruits of their labor guided by my likely-flawed winemaking ideologies.
Thea & Addy
Our sweet Aussie girls are at their happiest in the vineyards following Dad as he works, chasing rabbits or birds, or digging a really cool hole. They are a ham when hosting guests and love EVERYONE, they will always ask for a little love. Meet Thea & Addy at the vineyard house when you come and visit, you will love them as much as we do.
Thea, our first vineyard pup, was named after Amalthea, who was a Greek Goddess sometimes depicted as a goat. For a herding breed this seemed appropriate, and we love her so much we also named our very first release, our 2015 Amalthea rose after her! Thea likes to think she is the boss of the vineyard... well she probably is.
Addy, short for Adelaide, Nicole's home town in Australia, and also a fantastic wine growing region. Addy is just a pup and has LOTS of energy - throw the ball and she will be your best friend!!
We recruited local Healdsburg artist Bob Johnson to hand draw the vines on our label. We really wanted to showcase the pure beauty that even a naked vine could be and how really lucky we are to have this fantastic plant to farm.