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

 

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Kortney Krassow

Kortney is from LaPorte, Indiana, and lives there to this day. She is a graduate of Purdue University with degrees in Animal Science and Veterinary Nursing and has been a licensed Veterinary Nurse for almost 19 years. Kortney found a passion for wine after working in her first tasting room job 5 years ago and is now enrolled in Lake Michigan College's Wine and Viticulture program. After graduating from Lake Michigan College Kortney plans to become a winemaker. Kortney's hobbies include gardening, going to the beach, hiking, horseback riding, and reading. Her favorite DBC wines are Pink Satin, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc. 


 

Tiffany Lawson

Originally from Kentucky, Tiffany recently moved to Bridgman, MI after living for many years in Chicago. She worked professionally in dance and ran her own company, Lawson Dance Theatre, using local composers and providing live music with the company's performances. When not working, you will find her on the beach with her doggy daughter, Luna Belle. Tiffany's favorite Domaine Berrien wines are Lemberger and Syrah.

 

 

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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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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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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 time 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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Amy Birk

Amy was born and raised in nearby St. Joseph, MI, and has returned to the area after attending Marquette University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Chemistry.  After teaching at Lake Michigan College in their Wine and Viticulture Technology program, she has returned to Domaine Berrien Cellars. She loves the outdoors and spending time on her family farm with their pigs and chickens. In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and crocheting.  Her favorite Domaine Berrien wines are Cabernet Franc and Marsanne.

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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, 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!

 

 

Cooper

Cooper is the newest addition to our winery family! He is a black labrador retriever and is the sweetest, most loving dog ever. Cooper loves "helping out" in the kitchen, so we call him our mini chef. He is especially good at reminding us when it's time for breakfast or dinner - Good Boy, Cooper!

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