Great wines begin with great vineyards, that is Scotts very simple philosophy when it comes to making world class wines, his wine education is very simple, he discovered the best wines that Napa had to offer and sought out those winemakers to tell him everything they were willing to share, he believes the advantage he has is that he’s been farming his Estate Vineyard for over 20 years and with that has a perspective that only a grower can have.
This devotion and expertise yields invaluable knowledge which is an integral component to the quality of our wines. He doesn’t have a lot of free time but when he does, he enjoys travel, fast cars and spending time with his family.
A born and bred Seattleite, Karen’s love affair with the Yakima Valley developed after she married Scott. Her weekend trips to Yakima and annual trips to Napa gave her an appreciation for the quality of the wine and the beauty of Eastern Washington.
Karen came to us from Immunex in Seattle where she spent fifteen years in Customer Service and Marketing, in 2007 she joined Sheridan and brought years of experience in Marketing delivering her style of Customer Service to the Tasting Room, she was an integral part of the inception of the wine membership in addition to overseeing the direct-to-consumer release of Sheridan Wines, Karen now works behind the scenes in a management capacity and as a consumer liaison with Distributors
Born in Seattle in 1999, A recent graduate of the University of Davis Fermentation science. He is now poised to work alongside his father Scott in all aspects of the business. This includes farming, winemaking, blending, and overall management of the company. Sean is excited to take on this new phase in his life with hopes of taking Sheridan to the next level.
One day Sean hopes to add brewing beer to his list of responsibilities. And as his father says, “he will become a duel threat, in wine and beer.”
Big John Caudill
Chef Big John Caudill, director of sales, wine professional and winery chef, joined the Sheridan Vineyard team in 2008. In a matter of months, CBJ created the “Sheridan Exclusive” wine membership with Scott & Karen which coincided with Scott’s first 95-point review and led to the closure of the Sheridan Barn in the summer of 2009.
The spring of 2010 saw Sheridan Vineyard expanding to the Midwest under the tutelage of CBJ. As education plays high on CBJ’s list of goals, 2016 saw him gain the accreditation of WSET Advanced Level 3 in Wines with Merit. In 2017, CBJ officially became integral piece of the Sheridan Vineyard pie. Along with sales and cheffing duties, CBJ adds his creative flair to the newsletters and wine tasting notes and now executes the Summer Dinner series meals. CBJ and wife Kim are avid dog lovers, enjoy travel and living the wine country lifestyle.
Jenny Schmidt spent many years in hospitality including multiple restaurant stints and two tours of duty in wholesale wine/spirts sales before joining the team at Sheridan Vineyard.
As Tasting Room Manager, Master Gardner for The Garden at Sheridan and payroll director, Jenny wears many hats. Her personal approach and passion for “joie de vivre” are evident when you meet her. She is an invaluable cog in the wheel that drives Sheridan Vineyard.
Joel has overseen vineyard operations of Sheridan Vineyards since its inception in 1997 as the first official hire. His previous experience in agriculture, determination, and pride he takes in his work translates into the quality of the grapes grown.
Having been Sheridan’s first hire he has a perspective that is invaluable to the day to day operations in the vineyard, he has since brought on most of his immediate family and extended family as well, Joel is active in his church and loves restoring old cars, his laugh and infectious smile puts everyone that meets him at ease.
Eurivey Valerio Salamanca
Eurivey started his career at Sheridan in 2019 after and introduction to Scott from his uncle. In 2020 the opportunity arose to take the lead position in the winery as assistant wine maker. Since that time his skills have grown which include running the bottling line, overseeing crush and fermentation, helping Scott and Sean blend and taste the wines.
When he started in 2019 his pallet was almost non existent and within a very short time he has grown to be the one of the most integral parts of the tasting team.