Welcome Brian Bock: Wine Club Coordinator at Sequoia Grove Winery

We are thrilled to introduce Brian Bock the beloved Wine Club Coordinator at Sequoia Grove Winery. Brian brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for the wine industry, making him a perfect fit for our team. With a long history in wine sales and a WSET Level 2 Certification under his belt, Brian is eager to connect with our members and enhance their experience with Sequoia Grove wines.

Brian’s journey in the wine industry began in 2010. His extensive experience spans various roles, from retail sales to winery operations, providing him with a comprehensive understanding of the wine business. Brian’s dedication to continuous learning and his WSET Level 2 Certification achievement demonstrate his commitment to excellence in the field.

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Q&A with Brian Bock

To get to know Brian better, we sat down with him for a Q&A session. Here’s what he had to say:


Q1: Can you tell us about your background in the wine industry?

Brian: With my last name, Bock like the beer, I think I was always destined to work in the alcohol industry. I gained a love of wine growing up in Oregon and expanded my love when I moved to California. I’ve had the opportunity to work at several amazing wineries in both states, as well as interact with hundreds of other producers from around the world while working with a local Napa wine retailer. At the very least, I can say I am an equal opportunity enjoyer of all wine varietals.


Q2: What motivated you to pursue your WSET Level 2 Certification?

Brian: Knowledge! The WSET is a fantastic way for anyone anywhere to learn about and understand wines from all over the world.


Q3: What excites you most about being on the team at Sequoia Grove Winery?

Brian: The coastal redwoods have been a favorite of mine ever since I was very young. The experience of spending time amongst our sequoia grove is relaxing and I’m glad I can enjoy it every day.


Q4: What is your favorite Sequoia Grove wine and why?

Brian: I’ve always been a fan of Cabernet Franc, and our Napa Valley Cabernet Franc is absolutely fantastic. Perfect for paring with some meat and veggies fresh off of my smoker at home.


Q6: If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be and why?

Brian: I would love to have dinner with Thomas Jefferson at his Monticello home in Virgina. To be able to hear stories from him about the items on display in his home would be an indescribable experience.


Q7: What’s the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried?

Brian: I had the opportunity to taste the Last Drop Centenario duo of Port. It’s a two-bottle comparison of the 1870 Old Colheita Tawney Port and the 1970 Old Colheita Tawney Port. Being able to try a port from the same producer 100 years apart was an eye-opening experience.


Q8: What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?

Brian: I started shooting archery about 20+ years ago and find it to be a very meditative experience. My wife and I met at the archery range around that same time, celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this year, and have enjoyed shooting together ever since.


Q9: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about wine?

Brian: “There might be a little dust on the bottle, but don’t let it fool ya about what’s inside!”


Q10: If you could create your own wine blend, what would it be and why?

Brian: I have always been a fan of Rhone red blends, especially ones that also include Cinsault and Carignan. But even more than Rhone red blends I’d like to have my hand with a Rhone white blend to include Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and potentially other varietals of the region.

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Brian brings enthusiasm and expertise to our wine club team. We are thrilled he is part of the Sequoia Grove family.