Our Team

Christine Barbe
WINEMAKER

Christine was born and raised in Bordeaux France. She studied biochemistry and received her doctorate degree in Enology and Viticulture from the Bordeaux Institute of Enology. Her knowledge of sauvignon blanc is extensive as she made wine at Chateau Carbonnieux and La Louviere in Pessac-Leognan. Christine worked with the renowned Denis Dubourdieu and learned firsthand how to taste sauvignon blanc grapes as they ripen and how to harvest them to maximize the aroma and flavor of the wine.

In 1996 Christine moved to California where she engaged in winemaking and viticulture research for Robert Mondavi, Gallo and Trinchero. Christine also produces wonderful wine under her personal label Toquade. 



Christine oversees the winemaking and viticultural programs and practices at our estate vineyard in Calistoga. In the spirit of the traditional French vigneron, a life she knows well from her years in Bordeaux, Christine manages all aspects of our farming, harvesting, vinification and bottling to ensure the highest quality, most expressive wines possible.


 

Stacey Pytlewski
Director of Sales

Growing up in the Bay Area with such proximity to wine country led Stacey to a natural love of the wine industry. After earning a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Colorado State University, she returned to Northern California and has been passionately selling wine for some of the Napa Valley’s finest producers for over 10 years. We are thrilled to have her as a part of the Coquerel Wines team as our Director of Sales where she oversees all Consumer and National sales. While not on the road blazing trails for Coquerel, Stacey is an avid runner and horse enthusiast and can be found running the vineyard trails or riding her horse.