40 Under 40: America's Tastemakers
Clockwise from left:
Ian Brand, 32
Winemaker, Coastview Vineyards, Le P'tit Paysan, Monterey, CA
After moving from Utah to California to pursue surfing, Brand found his real calling at Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz, where he was assistant winemaker from 2004– 2007. He has also been winemaker for Nicholson and Pierce Vine- yards and consults for various clients in the region. Innovative, experimental and eager to push the envelope in the Salinas Valley and beyond, Brand is known for his progressive approaches to plantings, commitment to organic farming and tireless promotion of Monterey as the next region to watch in California.
Gavin Chanin, 26
Winemaker, Price Chanin Vineyards and Chanin Wine Co., Sonoma, CA
Chanin started tasting wine his senior year of high school in Los Angeles (shh!), then spent a summer working at Au Bon Climat in Santa Barbara alongside Jim Clendenen, who became his winemaking mentor. He worked three more California harvests, including one at nearby Qupé, before launching Chanin Wine Co. in 2007. A proponent of restraint, last year Chanin partnered with Bill Price of Durell Vineyards (and an investor in Kosta Browne and Kistler) to start a single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay project, the Price Chanin Vineyards.
Laura Maniec, 33
Owner, Corkbuzz Wine Studio, New York City
One of just 18 female master sommeliers in the world, Laura Maniec launched Corkbuzz Wine Studio—a hip wine shrine for lovers of the grape—in November 2011. From the casual consumer to the aspiring beverage director, oenophiles of every level flock to this Union Square haunt to soak up vinous factoids and tales that Maniec avidly shares as she strolls the floor. Offering enlightening classes and a wine list that champions the eclectic, Maniec has created a community that welcomes wine exploration and enjoyment without intimidation or pretension.
Jasmine Hirsch, 33
Director of Sales and Marketing, Hirsch Vineyards, Cazadero, CA
This daughter of Hirsch Vineyard founder David Hirsch has made a name for herself as an ardent advocate of “balance” in California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The 33-year-old is president of the In Pursuit of Balance Association, which promotes Pinot Noirs of lower alcohol. She’s also director of sales and marketing for Hirsch Vineyards. Outgoing and spirited, Hirsch is active in the social media realm.