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Thomas Rivers Brown

Winemaker


Our relationship with Thomas Rivers Brown and his winemaking began at a blind tasting years ago when estate owner Jane Chapin proclaimed, “I don’t know whose wine this is, but this is the one. It goes down like velvet.” Vintage after vintage, we’ve been downright delighted with his wines, and we are not alone. Brown is a Cabernet Sauvignon superstar in Napa. “He has proven a master at taming Cabernet's aggressive tendencies and giving the wines a Burgundian mystique,” according to Wine Spectator, and he’s been named “Winemaker of the Year” by Food & Wine. Founder of Rivers-Marie on the Sonoma coast and sought-after as a consulting winemaker, Brown has guided the winemaking and vineyard development at 4 Winds since our start.

And as we begin a new era of estate-grown vintages at 4 Winds, Brown continues his philosophy of keeping the winemaking process as simple as possible. As he says, “Letting the site shine through is what’s important.”