Meet the Testarossa Team

Rob and Diana Jensen, Proprietors

Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Margaret Pedersen

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

At Testarossa since: February 2000

Why the wine industry? I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when Rob & Diana needed a finance person and I was happy to leave the tech industry behind.

Favorite meal? I am a pescatarian, but my favorite meals are shared with wine and friends.

Little known fact about you: I am half Mexican.

You love: I love the ocean and love to go whale watching! Also, I love my husband and my cats. Really, I love most animals.

Hidden talent: I am a great detective.

Favorite wine/varietal: Chardonnay & Champagne.

Best quote: There are so many – ‘I’m not worried about that’.”

Hometown: Carmel, CA

At Testarossa since: January 2007

Why the wine industry? I got into the wine industry through the Events side of the business, coming from a culinary background it was an easy (and fun) transition.

Favorite meal? Grilled squid stuffed with feta and tomatoes in Mykonos, Greece.

Little known fact about you: I do not chew gum.

You love: Camping with my son!

Hidden talent: I’m really good at the Etch-a-Sketch.

Favorite wine/varietal: Depends on what I’m eating.

Best quote: “The worst reason to do something is because you’ve always done it.”

Matt Clasen

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

At Testarossa since: September 2016

Why the wine industry? I get to work within a field I am passionate about.

Favorite meal? Sushi.

Little known fact about you: I like cotton candles jelly beans.

You love: Life!

Favorite wine/varietal: Pinot Noir.

Best quote: “Everything in moderation including moderation.”

Julie Scopazzi

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

At Testarossa since: June 2013

Why the wine industry? Wine has long been a passion of mine, the job offer from Testarossa was a great opportunity to combine two of my favorite things: wine and marketing.

Favorite meal? Panko crusted abalone in beurre blanc paired with a not too-chilled glass of Diana’s Chardonnay.

Little known fact about you: My first career was in broadcast news.

You love: Golden Retrievers (oh and my family of course!).

Hidden talent: Connecting people.

Favorite wine/varietal: Testarossa Diana’s Chardonnay.

Best quote: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Nadiv Geiger

Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

At Testarossa since: June 2018

Why the wine industry? From a very young age, I have been fascinated by wine and its’ role in culture and on the dining table.

Favorite meal? Shakshuka. It’s a middle-eastern tomato and pepper stew with eggs poached in it. It’s also a family favorite.

Little known fact about you: I’m a bit of a science geek.

You love: My wife, family, and pets of course.

Hidden talent: I ballroom dance (West Coast Swing) and did so competitively for almost 7 years.

Favorite wine/varietal: Tempranillo blends (Rioja).

Best quote: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always gotten.”

Meleny Taylor

Hometown: Florida

At Testarossa since: February 2015

Why the wine industry? I started as a Wine Bar server and fell deeply in love with the Testarossa culture and of course our Pinot Noir!

Favorite meal? Anything that is fried, especially fried chicken.

Little known fact about you: I am half Indian and Indonesian.

You love: My heart melts anytime I see a dog!

Hidden talent: I can finish a 1000 piece puzzle in one day.

Favorite wine/varietal: Pinot Noir!

Paul martino

Hometown: Encinitas, CA

At Testarossa since: October 2015

Why the wine industry? Wine has an interplay between science and psychology which I love.

Favorite meal? Fish Burrito from Juanitas Taco Shop in Encinitas.

Little known fact about you: I have a black belt in karate.

You love: Anything with Green Chartreuse!

Hidden talent: I am a drummer.

Favorite wine/varietal: So many, but probably Barolo or anything from Bandol.

Melenie Dunstan

Hometown: Boulder Creek, CA

At Testarossa since: December 2017

Why the wine industry? I’ve always liked wine tasting and love being able to help create memorable experiences for our guests through our talented staff.

Favorite meal? Anything with lemon on it.

Little known fact about you: I enjoy health and fitness and initially went to school to be a Dietitian.

You love: HGTV and anything houses.

Hidden talent: Crafting.

Favorite wine/varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ryan Smith

Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA

At Testarossa since: August 2015

Why the wine industry? I got to taste a 1985 Salon Champagne at age 21 and there was no going back!

Favorite meal? Grandma’s meatballs & sauce.

Little known fact about you: I’m an only child.

You love: Food, wine, bicycles and music!

Hidden talent: Bowling.

Favorite wine/varietal: Champagne!!

Best Quote: “Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.” – Salvador Dali

Keith

Hometown: England

At Testarossa since: February 2014

Why the wine industry? I enjoy the challenges associated with making great wine.

Favorite meal? Fish and chips.

You love: Manchester United

Favorite wine/varietal: Riesling – always different, occasionally spectacular

Best quote: “Love the life you live, live the life you love” – Bob Marley

Gavin Binz

Hometown: San Jose, CA

At Testarossa since: July 2012

Why the wine industry? Grew up in the industry with family members being heavily involved in winemaking. As a kid I was always walking around wineries and helping out with sorting fruit, stomping on grapes, filling barrels, you know the fun stuff!

Favorite meal? Any type of roasted veggies with a caramelized reduction sauce. As long as that is the base there is a lot of meals to be made form that.

Little known fact about you: Even though I went to school in San Jose, I spent a lot of my time in the Sierra Nevada Foothills raising large farm animals like cattle, pigs, goats, horses, and chickens.

You love: My Wife Amanda and Daughter Madison.

Hidden talent: I can play the Bass guitar.

Favorite wine/varietal: When I’m not enjoying Testarossa wines, I have not had a white Macon (Chardonnay) that I haven’t enjoyed.

Best Quote: “Coming in hot!”

Julie Migues

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

At Testarossa since: October 2011

Why the wine industry? The love and enjoyment of the art of wine; tasting, dinning, entertaining and creating lasting memories with family, friends and strangers.

Favorite meal? My dad’s fried chicken.

Little known fact about you: I am unbelievably funny.

You love: My family, friends and traveling.

Hidden talent: I can sing like a rock star in my car when no one is listening.

Favorite wine/varietal: Pinot Noir.

Best quote: “Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get the chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy, they only promised it would be worth it.” – Dr Seuss

Vern Kropff

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

At Testarossa since: August 2017

Why the wine industry? My background is in fine dining. I’ve always had a passion for how good wine can transform a meal. The vast world of wine has always fulfilled my constant need to learn.

Favorite meal? Give me pizza and pasta!

Little known fact about you: My favorite chore is vacuuming.

You love: New experiences.

Hidden talent: I can wink both my eyes at the same time.

Favorite wine/varietal: Pinot of course.

Best quote: “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” -Abraham Lincoln

Norman Abbott

Hometown: Fresno, CA

At Testarossa since: March 2014

Why the wine industry? I’ll never forget the first time that I went to a winery and took a tour. I realized that I wanted to give people that unforgettable experience. I enjoy showing people a great time with great wines at a beautiful venue.

Favorite meal? Sushi.

You love: I love the outdoors (hiking, fishing, white water rafting, soccer, tough mudders, beach) and I like pretty much anything that involves a little competition (darts, cards, foosball, ping pong and any sports).

Hidden talent: Still trying to discover them all!

Favorite wine/varietal: 2012 Garys’ Syrah.

Best Quote: “There’s a reason why your windshield is bigger than your rearview mirror. Where you’re headed is more important than what you left behind.”

Neen Martelino

Hometown: San Jose, CA

At Testarossa since: November 2017

Why the wine industry? Wine not? Ha, ha! In all seriousness, the wine industry provides a unique opportunity to share experiences and engage in conversation about food and all the pleasurable things in life.

Favorite meal? Pretty much anything that can be found at a Mexican restaurant.

Little known fact about you: I have double jointed elbows.

You love: My kids. 

Hidden talent: I make up new songs about everyday life by changing the lyrics of an existing song (ask me about my bath time song to Rick James’ Superfreak).

Favorite wine/varietal: Too many likes to name a favorite!

Best Quote: “Set goal, smash, repeat!”

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