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’.”

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.

Favorite quote: “Everything in moderation including moderation.”

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.

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.

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!

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.

Favorite 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

Hometown: Long Island, New York

At Testarossa since: May 2016

Why the wine industry? Cooking and Entertaining has always been a passion of mine. When we moved to California we loved visiting the different wine regions. Soon wine also became a passion of mine. Wine is great way to bring people together.

Favorite meal? Anything with seafood.

Little known fact about you: I have always worked in hospitality but my other professions have been Paralegal and Fitness Instructor.

You love: My family and friends and gathering together with great wine and food.

Hidden talent: Speed reading.

Favorite wine/varietal: Pinot Noir


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

Favorite 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!”

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.

Favorite 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.”

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!

You love: New experiences.

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

Favorite wine/varietal: Pinot of course.

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