We know Julia and Austin's rich and deep hospitality, food and wine experience will actively support our Pursuit of the Possible.
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NAPA, Calif. (PRWEB) October 02, 2019
Pulido~Walker proprietors Mark Pulido and Donna Walker are pleased to announce the appointments of Julia Wildt as Hospitality Director and Austin Gallion as National Sales Director, as the ultra-luxury winery expands its operations.
“Donna and I are delighted to welcome Julia and Austin to the Pulido~Walker team,” said Mark. “We know their rich and deep hospitality, food, and wine experience will actively support our Pursuit of the Possible.”
Julia’s preparation for her role as Pulido~Walker’s Director of Hospitality includes years of work for The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group at both The French Laundry and Ad Hoc and as director of hospitality at various Napa Valley wineries such as Harlan Estate Winery and Vineyard 7 & 8. She is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, holds a Level 3 Certification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and a bachelor’s degree in culinary management from the former Cordon Bleu Culinary School. A Las Vegas native, Julia made her mark as a sommelier for Guy Savoy and the MGM Grand.
Austin joins Pulido~Walker as National Sales Director with nearly 20 years of high-end culinary, wine and hospitality experience. Most recently he was director of hospitality at Vineyard 29 after working at Miner Family Winery, where he learned the wine business. He’s a classically trained chef and holds a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales. After an externship in Perigord, France, his love of wine drew him to Napa Valley where he was executive sous chef for several Michelin Star restaurants.
Focusing solely on 100% Cabernet Sauvignon single vineyard designates, Pulido~Walker’s award winning winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, crafts wine from four distinctive Napa Valley vineyards including: Melanson Vineyard on Pritchard Hill, Panek Vineyard in St Helena, Mt. Veeder Estate Vineyard, and the recently purchased Policy Estate Vineyard in Yountville. These classic wines are expressed naturally to reflect each remarkable site’s unique terroir.
“The Pulido~Walker Experience at Mending Wall Winery,” a special curated tasting, is available by appointment only; please call 707-226-1900 or email email@example.com. Mending Wall is a partnership between Pulido~Walker, Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and Outpost Founder Frank Dotzler and where Pulido~Walker wines are produced.
Mark Pulido and Donna Walker grew up in pharmacy families and this early common experience is integral to the Pulido~Walker philosophy. Their scientific backgrounds make Mark and Donna precise, inquisitive and analytical; they know that perseverance and long-term attention to detail yield exceptional results worth waiting for.
Pulido~Walker’s wine label is inscribed with an ancient apothecary weight bearing the seasonal symbols of alchemy. This Old-World instrument of precise measure expresses the family’s ardent determination to craft extraordinary wine authentic to its unique terroir.
For more about Pulido~Walker, please visit https://pulidowalker.com/.