Blair Fox ~ Head Winemaker
Graduating from UC Davis in 1999 with a combined degree in Viticulture and Enology, Blair Fox gained winemaking experience at Sunstone Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley (1999-2001), and at Haselgrove Winery – a custom-crush winery in McLaren Vale, Australia (2003).
He also traveled through France’s Rhône Valley before returning to his hometown of Santa Barbara. He then joined Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard as Associate Winemaker, overseeing the Rhône varietal wines. Fox had previously consulted in the vineyard for the winery’s 2002 harvest.
“Having focused on the winery’s estate Syrah and Rhône varietal vineyards, I’m excited to add on the responsibility for Ashley’s and Bien Nacido vineyards and control the Burgundian part of our portfolio (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay),” said Fox. “The vineyards and clonal selection here are of such high quality, and the Parkers are a great family to work for.”
Fox continues the stylistic direction set by Eli Parker when capturing the terroir of the vineyards. He aims to continue raising the bar for award-winning Fess Parker wines, to name a few, the 2014 Ashley’s Chardonnay (93 points from Antonio Galloni’s Vinous), 2014 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay (93 points from both Wine Enthusiast & Antonio Galloni’s Vinous), 2014 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir (94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), 2014 Clone 115 Pinot Noir & 2014 Older Barrel Pinot Noir (93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate).