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Team

Our team is dedicated to crafting the very best experiences for Chamisal fans. Whether that’s through a great bottle of wine or an afternoon at our tasting room, meet the team who makes it all happen.

Fintan Du FresneGeneral Manager & Winemaker
Brianne ChaseAssociate Winemaker
Christian RodriguezAssociate Vineyard Manager
Andrea de PaloDirector of Consumer Sales
Brooke SerafineHospitality Manager
Paige SchoppeTasting Room Lead
Krista FredericksonMember Experience Lead
Sean KusterLaboratory Technician

Fintan Du Fresne General Manager & Winemaker

From an early age, Fintan “Fin” du Fresne watched some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world show up on his doorstep in the form of media samples. As the son of prominent New Zealand wine journalist Karl du Fresne, Fin grew up with wine integrated into his life. Originally from the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island, Fin graduated from Victoria University of Wellington at the age of twenty with a degree in geology. Most graduates of the program headed straight to work on an oil rig, but Fin was not interested in that life. He was interested in learning more about and exploring the relationship between land and how it affected grape growing, essentially the concept of how geology affected terroir, so he changed tracks and obtained a post-graduate degree in Viticulture and Enology at Lincoln University in Canterbury.

Upon completion of his viticulture and enology degree, Fin worked as a viticulturist at Martinborough Vineyards, one of New Zealand’s pioneering Pinot Noir producers. During his stint there, Fin spent four months in the U.S. working the 2001 harvest at Calera Wine Company in California’s Central Coast with legendary Pinot Noir winemaker Josh Jensen and his assistant Terry Culton. Jensen’s dedication to Burgundian varietals and his deep knowledge of soil types shaped Fin’s love for the Central Coast and his purist ideals about winemaking. After two years with Martinborough, Fin spent a few years learning about wine in Europe; his background in geology allowed him to keep a flat in London, spend six months a year working on oilrigs in Denmark and Scotland, and spend the other six months visiting prominent wine region including Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, and Tuscany.

On his way back to New Zealand in 2003, Fin was invited to work harvest at Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles, where he met his future wife, Erin. Fin was then named assistant winemaker at Adelaida. Since New Zealand harvest is during the opposite season, Fin returned home to work two more harvests (Matahiwi Estate in Wairarapa and Ngatarawa Winery – known as Glazebrook in the U.S. – in Hawkes Bay), and, back in the States, took on consulting projects with various Paso Robles area wineries. In 2006, Fin joined Chamisal Vineyards, a premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winery in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo County, as winemaker.

When he is not finessing the wines of Chamisal Vineyards, Fin enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, scuba diving, and spending time with his family. Fin and his wife Erin have two young children, Liam and Ellish. Their dog Lola is a winery mascot, who is often found napping around the winery, keeping a close eye on things

Brianne Chase

Brianne Chase Associate Winemaker

Brianne grew up in the small seaside town of Pacific Grove, California and started working at a high-end restaurant at age of 15 years old where she was exposed early to the world of wine. She began her formal winemaking education as Cal Poly State University, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Wine and Viticulture. In addition to that, she holds the Level 3 Advanced Certification with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

In her 17 years in the winemaking industry, Brianne has chosen to work at several notable wineries including Two Hands in South Australia, Duckhorn and Quintessa in Napa Valley and Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles. She currently holds the Associate Winemaker position with Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley, where she continues to expand her knowledge and expertise. With each wine she makes she strives to honor the terroir from which the grapes are grown and to capture the essence of Central Coast sunshine, soil, and the uniqueness of each particular vintage. On her days away from the winery, she can be found at a local Farmers Market, cooking for friends, hiking up a mountain or enjoying some beach time with her husband Mike.

Christian Rodriguez Associate Vineyard Manager

As the son of migrant parents who grew up in agriculture, Christian was influenced at an early age by the Central Coast agriculture community. Born and raised in Santa Maria, California, he is a 1st generation American, who’s Mexican heritage has had a meaningful impact on his journey to the wine industry. After graduating high school, Christian headed to a local community college which focused heavily on agriculture and took his first courses in viticulture. During this time, he took internships with companies such as Monterey Pacific Inc., Treasury Wine Estates and the renowned Bien Nacido Vineyards, where he truly fell in love with the magic of the vineyards and decided to pursue a career in viticulture.

After graduating from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, he landed a job working for a vineyard management company in St. Helena, CA where he helped managed 1500 acres throughout the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. While developing his skills, his interest in alternative farming methods such as biodynamics, organic farming and regenerative agriculture was piqued. It was clear to him that sustainability and innovative farming were areas where he would focus his time and attention. In 2019, Christian joined the team at Chamisal Vineyards – an opportunity to return to the Central Coast and to work with a well-established vineyard in the Edna Valley alongside a winemaker who shared many of Christian’s agricultural beliefs. “Having the opportunity to work at Chamisal Vineyards and immerse myself in a culture that is focused on growing premium wine grapes while still maintaining focus on our environment is a win-win.”

Andrea de Palo Director of Consumer Sales

Andrea was born and raised in Marin County. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Systems Management and a minor in Agriculture Business and Wine and Viticulture. Shortly before graduation, Andrea began working at Chamisal Vineyards when it was still known as Domaine Alfred Winery and has worked in various capacities at the winery ever since. She has worked harvest and had numerous roles running the wine club, events, and tasting room over the years before assuming the title of Director of Consumer sales.

Andrea has spent more than a third of her life on the estate and it holds a very special and magical place in her heart, going so far as to feel like home. Andrea is proud to represent what she considers to be the best wines in the Edna Valley and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. She thrives on creating memorable experiences for every guest that visits Chamisal Vineyards and building lifelong friendships with them while educating them about wine. Her goal is to make very guest feel like family and she is beloved throughout the valley for her welcoming personality and warm smile. Andrea lives in San Luis Obispo, where she has lived for more than 20 years, with her husband, Ilario, and her three children, Nicoló, Stella, and Sofia. When she’s not working, she loves to play golf, eat sushi, spend time at the beach, travel to Italy and entertain friends with homemade pizza fresh from her backyard pizza oven.

Brooke Serafine Hospitality Manager

Brooke is a Central Coast native and attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Wine & Viticulture. Since beginning a career in wine in 2005, she has nurtured and developed her direct-to-consumer skills. She spent the first years of her career in the Napa Valley where she gained hands-on experience in all aspects of hospitality in the wine industry. Upon returning to the Central Coast in 2009, she landed the job of her dreams at the one and only Chamisal Vineyards with a familiar face from her college years. “I never imagined working anywhere other than Chamisal Vineyards when I returned home in 2009. The wines spoke to me during my college years and beyond, but more importantly, the property felt like home. Knowing the history of the vineyards and wines, I knew that being associated with Chamisal Vineyards would forever change my world.”

After six years at Chamisal, Brooke took a 3-year hiatus to spend time with her two children and returned as Hospitality Manager for both Chamisal Vineyards and sister property, Malene Wines. As Hospitality Manager for both brands, Brooke can use her skills from her days as a wine club manager to create and cultivate tastings and events for all guests Brooke lives on the Central Coast with her husband Tyler and two children, Logan and Sydney. In addition to her passion for wine, Brooke can be found practicing yoga, dining with family and friends or getting involved in her children’s extracurricular activities.

Paige Schoppe Tasting Room Lead

Paige grew up in California’s Coachella Valley where her interest in agriculture and food science was sparked. With the encouragement of her wine-loving parents she studied Viticulture and Enology at Washington State University. After working as a Harvest Intern at Progeny Winery in Napa Valley, Paige went on to work in the tasting room of their sister property, O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery, and found that she really enjoyed interacting with guests. She set out to pursue opportunities where she could share her love for wines and the “wine experience” with others and is currently is the Tasting Room Lead at Chamisal Vineyards. With a passion for excellence, Paige strives to provide next-level customer service and create memorable experiences for all guests and members. In her spare time she enjoys heading down to the beach, hiking in SLO and visiting her family and puppy back home.

Krista Frederickson Member Experience Lead

Krista is a native Californian who has long had a passion for food and wine. After earning a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her MBA from Stanford, she pursued a career in brand management in the food industry, spending 10 years at General Mills in Minnesota, where she developed a love of creating connections between brands and consumers. A move to San Luis Obispo to raise her children landed her in the heart of the Central Coast wine country, enabling her to shift her career focus to the wine industry. She pursued an associate degree in viticulture and enology, while attending seminars and enjoying getting to know many of the wonderful wineries of the Central Coast’s wine regions. Krista managed the tasting room and wine club for Asuncion Ridge, a boutique winery in Paso Robles, before joining the team at Chamisal Vineyards. A long-time club member of Chamisal herself, she now loves her role of creating exceptional club member experiences centered around her favorite Edna Valley wines. In addition to food, wine and craft cocktails, Krista enjoys live music, college football, beach activities and spending time with friends and family.

Sean Kuster Laboratory Technician

Sean grew up in Denver, CO and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly SLO. He majored in Biomedical Engineering and began working for the school in the Environmental Engineering lab after he graduated. Inspired by his parents’ love of wine, he took a harvest internship at a small boutique winery, Summerwood, in Paso Robles. He quickly fell in love with winemaking and landed a full-time position as the Lab Technician for Chamisal shortly after that internship. 2021 represents his 5th harvest with Chamisal and he continues to expand his wine expertise with each passing vintage. Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, bike riding, cooking, and learning more about the world of wine.

Fintan Du Fresne General Manager & Winemaker

From an early age, Fintan “Fin” du Fresne watched some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world show up on his doorstep in the form of media samples. As the son of prominent New Zealand wine journalist Karl du Fresne, Fin grew up with wine integrated into his life. Originally from the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island, Fin graduated from Victoria University of Wellington at the age of twenty with a degree in geology. Most graduates of the program headed straight to work on an oil rig, but Fin was not interested in that life. He was interested in learning more about and exploring the relationship between land and how it affected grape growing, essentially the concept of how geology affected terroir, so he changed tracks and obtained a post-graduate degree in Viticulture and Enology at Lincoln University in Canterbury.

Upon completion of his viticulture and enology degree, Fin worked as a viticulturist at Martinborough Vineyards, one of New Zealand’s pioneering Pinot Noir producers. During his stint there, Fin spent four months in the U.S. working the 2001 harvest at Calera Wine Company in California’s Central Coast with legendary Pinot Noir winemaker Josh Jensen and his assistant Terry Culton. Jensen’s dedication to Burgundian varietals and his deep knowledge of soil types shaped Fin’s love for the Central Coast and his purist ideals about winemaking. After two years with Martinborough, Fin spent a few years learning about wine in Europe; his background in geology allowed him to keep a flat in London, spend six months a year working on oilrigs in Denmark and Scotland, and spend the other six months visiting prominent wine region including Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, and Tuscany.

On his way back to New Zealand in 2003, Fin was invited to work harvest at Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles, where he met his future wife, Erin. Fin was then named assistant winemaker at Adelaida. Since New Zealand harvest is during the opposite season, Fin returned home to work two more harvests (Matahiwi Estate in Wairarapa and Ngatarawa Winery – known as Glazebrook in the U.S. – in Hawkes Bay), and, back in the States, took on consulting projects with various Paso Robles area wineries. In 2006, Fin joined Chamisal Vineyards, a premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winery in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo County, as winemaker.

When he is not finessing the wines of Chamisal Vineyards, Fin enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, scuba diving, and spending time with his family. Fin and his wife Erin have two young children, Liam and Ellish. Their dog Lola is a winery mascot, who is often found napping around the winery, keeping a close eye on things

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Brianne Chase

Brianne Chase Associate Winemaker

Brianne grew up in the small seaside town of Pacific Grove, California and started working at a high-end restaurant at age of 15 years old where she was exposed early to the world of wine. She began her formal winemaking education as Cal Poly State University, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Wine and Viticulture. In addition to that, she holds the Level 3 Advanced Certification with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

In her 17 years in the winemaking industry, Brianne has chosen to work at several notable wineries including Two Hands in South Australia, Duckhorn and Quintessa in Napa Valley and Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles. She currently holds the Associate Winemaker position with Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley, where she continues to expand her knowledge and expertise. With each wine she makes she strives to honor the terroir from which the grapes are grown and to capture the essence of Central Coast sunshine, soil, and the uniqueness of each particular vintage. On her days away from the winery, she can be found at a local Farmers Market, cooking for friends, hiking up a mountain or enjoying some beach time with her husband Mike.

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Christian Rodriguez Associate Vineyard Manager

As the son of migrant parents who grew up in agriculture, Christian was influenced at an early age by the Central Coast agriculture community. Born and raised in Santa Maria, California, he is a 1st generation American, who’s Mexican heritage has had a meaningful impact on his journey to the wine industry. After graduating high school, Christian headed to a local community college which focused heavily on agriculture and took his first courses in viticulture. During this time, he took internships with companies such as Monterey Pacific Inc., Treasury Wine Estates and the renowned Bien Nacido Vineyards, where he truly fell in love with the magic of the vineyards and decided to pursue a career in viticulture.

After graduating from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, he landed a job working for a vineyard management company in St. Helena, CA where he helped managed 1500 acres throughout the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. While developing his skills, his interest in alternative farming methods such as biodynamics, organic farming and regenerative agriculture was piqued. It was clear to him that sustainability and innovative farming were areas where he would focus his time and attention. In 2019, Christian joined the team at Chamisal Vineyards – an opportunity to return to the Central Coast and to work with a well-established vineyard in the Edna Valley alongside a winemaker who shared many of Christian’s agricultural beliefs. “Having the opportunity to work at Chamisal Vineyards and immerse myself in a culture that is focused on growing premium wine grapes while still maintaining focus on our environment is a win-win.”

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Andrea de Palo Director of Consumer Sales

Andrea was born and raised in Marin County. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Systems Management and a minor in Agriculture Business and Wine and Viticulture. Shortly before graduation, Andrea began working at Chamisal Vineyards when it was still known as Domaine Alfred Winery and has worked in various capacities at the winery ever since. She has worked harvest and had numerous roles running the wine club, events, and tasting room over the years before assuming the title of Director of Consumer sales.

Andrea has spent more than a third of her life on the estate and it holds a very special and magical place in her heart, going so far as to feel like home. Andrea is proud to represent what she considers to be the best wines in the Edna Valley and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. She thrives on creating memorable experiences for every guest that visits Chamisal Vineyards and building lifelong friendships with them while educating them about wine. Her goal is to make very guest feel like family and she is beloved throughout the valley for her welcoming personality and warm smile. Andrea lives in San Luis Obispo, where she has lived for more than 20 years, with her husband, Ilario, and her three children, Nicoló, Stella, and Sofia. When she’s not working, she loves to play golf, eat sushi, spend time at the beach, travel to Italy and entertain friends with homemade pizza fresh from her backyard pizza oven.

Read More Read Less

Brooke Serafine Hospitality Manager

Brooke is a Central Coast native and attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Wine & Viticulture. Since beginning a career in wine in 2005, she has nurtured and developed her direct-to-consumer skills. She spent the first years of her career in the Napa Valley where she gained hands-on experience in all aspects of hospitality in the wine industry. Upon returning to the Central Coast in 2009, she landed the job of her dreams at the one and only Chamisal Vineyards with a familiar face from her college years. “I never imagined working anywhere other than Chamisal Vineyards when I returned home in 2009. The wines spoke to me during my college years and beyond, but more importantly, the property felt like home. Knowing the history of the vineyards and wines, I knew that being associated with Chamisal Vineyards would forever change my world.”

After six years at Chamisal, Brooke took a 3-year hiatus to spend time with her two children and returned as Hospitality Manager for both Chamisal Vineyards and sister property, Malene Wines. As Hospitality Manager for both brands, Brooke can use her skills from her days as a wine club manager to create and cultivate tastings and events for all guests Brooke lives on the Central Coast with her husband Tyler and two children, Logan and Sydney. In addition to her passion for wine, Brooke can be found practicing yoga, dining with family and friends or getting involved in her children’s extracurricular activities.

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Paige Schoppe Tasting Room Lead

Paige grew up in California’s Coachella Valley where her interest in agriculture and food science was sparked. With the encouragement of her wine-loving parents she studied Viticulture and Enology at Washington State University. After working as a Harvest Intern at Progeny Winery in Napa Valley, Paige went on to work in the tasting room of their sister property, O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery, and found that she really enjoyed interacting with guests. She set out to pursue opportunities where she could share her love for wines and the “wine experience” with others and is currently is the Tasting Room Lead at Chamisal Vineyards. With a passion for excellence, Paige strives to provide next-level customer service and create memorable experiences for all guests and members. In her spare time she enjoys heading down to the beach, hiking in SLO and visiting her family and puppy back home.

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Krista Frederickson Member Experience Lead

Krista is a native Californian who has long had a passion for food and wine. After earning a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her MBA from Stanford, she pursued a career in brand management in the food industry, spending 10 years at General Mills in Minnesota, where she developed a love of creating connections between brands and consumers. A move to San Luis Obispo to raise her children landed her in the heart of the Central Coast wine country, enabling her to shift her career focus to the wine industry. She pursued an associate degree in viticulture and enology, while attending seminars and enjoying getting to know many of the wonderful wineries of the Central Coast’s wine regions. Krista managed the tasting room and wine club for Asuncion Ridge, a boutique winery in Paso Robles, before joining the team at Chamisal Vineyards. A long-time club member of Chamisal herself, she now loves her role of creating exceptional club member experiences centered around her favorite Edna Valley wines. In addition to food, wine and craft cocktails, Krista enjoys live music, college football, beach activities and spending time with friends and family.

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Sean Kuster Laboratory Technician

Sean grew up in Denver, CO and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly SLO. He majored in Biomedical Engineering and began working for the school in the Environmental Engineering lab after he graduated. Inspired by his parents’ love of wine, he took a harvest internship at a small boutique winery, Summerwood, in Paso Robles. He quickly fell in love with winemaking and landed a full-time position as the Lab Technician for Chamisal shortly after that internship. 2021 represents his 5th harvest with Chamisal and he continues to expand his wine expertise with each passing vintage. Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, bike riding, cooking, and learning more about the world of wine.

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