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Loomis Estate Vineyards

Wine Team


 

Jeff, Ali, & Max Loomis

During my studies at the "Harvard of the West Coast" aka University of Oregon, I did a study abroad in France. After blowing my Pell Grant money on a bottle of Dom at Fouquets, I lived with a French family in a small village outside Avignon. I rode my bike to school everyday and eventually took a detour to this place known as “New House of the Pope” - the magical Chateauneuf de Pape. I spent a few francs on a jug of wine and my world changed. Until then, I had chugged the prerequuiste Blue Nun and Mateus college swill. Two words - Asti Spumante. This jug was my first experience with real wine. It was truly a revelation.  

Decades later, I walked the 60 acres of raw Napa land I had just purchased. I told myself if I ever did "the wine thing" it would be Rhones. I found a rocky hillside cap - this would be my Petit Hermitage for the Syrah block. Cool spots at lower elevation - Viognier and so on. I would recreate that first wine experience in Napa. 

I’m a advertising guy - Mad Man - sure. I love the creative and artistic side of the business. Ali is more technical - an SEO specialist with an amazing talent for prose. Max is a musician - a brilliant combination of wicked wit and common sense. The 3 of us are a very close family unit and I could not love them more. We spent many years traveling the world to experience and appreciate different cultures and consider ourselves world citizens. We are proud of the wine we produce and hope you taste the love and care we put into it.


 

Rudy Zuidema
Winemaker

Rudy’s passion and focus on making wine for premium estate programs has never been more evident than in his role with Loomis Estate.  In the vineyard, he follows organic and biodynamic farming practices that naturally enhance the flavor diversity demonstrated by the vineyard’s rich tapestry of individual blocks.  Rudy’s natural approach continues in the winery where he emphasizes classic, small-lot techniques and gentle handling to craft balanced wines that embody a sense of place with elegance, purity and power. With almost 30 years of winemaking experience in the Napa Valley, Rudy has worked with some of the most esteemed vineyards and wineries. 


 

Michael Andrews
Associate Winemaker

Having previously worked with winemaker Rudy Zuidema, and having created a long standing friendship with mutual admiration for one another’s expertise, Rudy called Michael to join the team at Loomis Estate.  Michael brings a rich background in vineyard management, quality control and mastery of the cellar. He is instrumental in overseeing the daily operations and is involved in all the essentials of maintaining the highest quality wines.


Petra Polakovicova
Brand Ambassador

At the age of 18, Petra moved from Slovakia to San Francisco where she began working at the illustrious Palace Hotel. Living near the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, she discovered the world of wine that literally enchanted her. 

In 2014, The Court of Master Sommeliers awarded her the title of Advanced Sommelier.  Since 2009, Petra has worked in the renowned EPIC Steak Restaurant as a Wine Director. She is a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers and a member of the Sommelier Association of the Slovak Republic. Petra has been awarded The Best Sommelier of Slovakia in 2018 by Gurman magazine. She worked for world-class hotels such as Starwood and The Ritz-Carlton, as well as the important Darioush winery in Napa Valley. 

Currently, Petra is preparing for the Master Sommelier Exam. An inalienable part of her continuing education is travelling the world. Petra fell in love with her profession immediately and says it epitomizes her passion and dedication to the essence of wine. Sommelier of Slovakia in 2018 by Gurman magazine. She worked for world-class hotels such as Starwood and The Ritz-Carlton, as well as the important Darioush winery in Napa Valley.