Dry Extract Interview: Taylor Bianco, Cellar Master at Marimar Estate, Sonoma County, US

Taylor Bianco, Cellar Master at Marimar Estate.


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Taylor Bianco, Cellar Master at Marimar Estate.


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Taylor Bianco grew up in South Florida before moving to California on a tennis scholarship to play at Sonoma State University. After graduating with a degree in biology he caught the wine bug and went on to study oenology and viticulture at Napa Valley College. He joined Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery in 2022 as production manager, overseeing all aspects of operations in its cellar and vineyards. 

The best advice I ever got

Don’t ever stop learning and growing as a person.

My life motto

Be the change you want to see in the world.

I am currently reading

Terroir footprints by Pedro Parra.

My most played music track

Alicia Keys: NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert.

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

As a kid, I always wanted to be a firefighter.

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have 


My favourite kind of exercise

Surfing. It clears my mind.

I relax while

Any time I am around the ocean.

I collect

Seashells. I have too many but can’t resist picking up more.

My essential newspaper/magazine

The Surfer’s Journal.

My desert-island wine


I have learnt a lot from

I have been lucky to have some amazing mentors throughout my life. I’ve probably learned the most from making mistakes.

My last meal and sip will be

Freshly caught fish tacos and a Corona.