Sonoma County’s Dutton-Goldfield Winery Hires New Winemaker

Melissa Stackhouse is the new winemaker at Dutton-Goldfield Winery, an independent, local winery in the Russian River Valley in western Sonoma County.

While the winery specializes in pinot noir and chardonnay, Dan and Steve also produce small amounts of pinot blanc, riesling, syrah and zinfandel.

Sevastopol-based Dutton-Goldfield said Stackhouse apprenticed at Robert Mondavi Winery, Sterling Vineyards, Joseph Phelps Winery and Peter Michael Winery. She went on to hold winemaking positions at some of California’s most acclaimed wineries, including La Crema, J Vineyards & Winery, Meiomi and SIMI.

“Melissa is an extremely experienced and esteemed colleague within our wonderful circle of Russian River associates. Most importantly, the combination of intelligence, curiosity, pride (not ego), drive, Integrity, humility, strength, patience, caring, kindness and love of Melissa’s craft make her a rare person and a wonderful fit with our values ​​and enjoyments here at Dutton-Goldfield” , said Dan Goldfield, the winemaker who founded the winery with winemaker Steve Dutton in 1998.

Stackhouse received her degree in winemaking from UC Davis.

Elisha A. Tilghman