About Me

 I am a wife and mother and I happen to make wine. I have a SUPER supportive family without which I would not have been able to do a quarter of what I have been able to do in the 33 short years I’ve been on this earth.

My current position is Director of Winemaking for Constellation Brands at the Canandaigua Winery.  Previously I have been a part of many great winemaking teams, most recently at Robert Mondavi Winery working on the production of red wines, which included Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. I joined Robert Mondavi Winery in 2013 after a three year period with Treasury Wine Estates where I was the Associate Winemaker for Souverain working with Ed Killian, Beringer Knights Valley working with Laurie Hook, and Chateau St. Jean working with Margo Van Staaveren.  While with Treasury Wine Estates, I also launched the Emma Pearl Brand from the Central Coast of CA.  As one of the first graduates of Cornell’s Viticulture and Enology program in 2006, we relocated to California where I assumed a number of winemaking roles, including developing and launching the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Brut Sparkling Wine.  While attending Cornell, I was part of the vineyard and winemaking team at Thirsty Owl Wine Company on Cayuga Lake under the direction of Shawn Kime.  My first vintage and much of my winemaking philosophy was shaped as Winemaking Apprentice to John Weygandt of Stargazers Vineyard in Coatesville, PA.

Currently, I live in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York with my family.  We have land plus dreams and are working on pulling them both together to see what they equal. If you are interested in joining our mailing list please sign up at our website, Trestle31.com.

I am a WSET Diploma Graduate and have recently been named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers for 2014.

This blog is predominantly about Wine however, I feel the need to incorporate other topics as well. I started this blog in 2009 to introduce people to and educate them about wine. However, life is not just wine so this blog now covers my experiences with wine, life, and beyond.

For updates about blog posts follow me on Twitter @NovaCadamatre or sign up for my mailing list on the “Contact” page above.

Legal Stuff…

I would assume that to the majority of you this would be obvious however any and all content on www.novacadamatre.com is my personal view and does not reflect the views of my current or past employers. Hence why it’s called www.NOVACADAMATRE.com. The same goes for any content I post on my Twitter account @NovaCadamatre or my Facebook page or any other social media I may be involved in where I personally am posting information… yada, yada, yada. I am not an official spokesperson for my current company, Constellation Brands, and while I may occasionally make reference to their brand portfolio please be aware that this is not a company site nor should it be construed as such.

All photos on this site are my property (since I took them) unless otherwise noted.  They may not be used or reproduced without my written permission and even with permission full acknowledgement of source must be disclosed.  The writing on this site may not be used or reproduced without my written permission and even with permission full acknowledgement of source must be disclosed.

11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. It was great to see your profile in the Cornell Alum notes.
    Congratulations and best wishes for your continued success…

  2. Nice write up on wine scores. Unfortunately the majority of people make their decision on some one else scores. Love your passion, drive and perspective. Please keep it going!

  3. Hi Nova,

    I am getting ready for the IMW Residential Seminar in SF and it made me think about you. I hope all is well with you and your family, how are things for you?
    Are you still in the MW program? I hope you have a great holiday season!



  4. I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. I loved reading your blog and it’s nice to see an honest, candid look at the world of wine, especially the most difficult levels of examinations such as the MW.

    Keep fighting the good fight!


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