As a boy growing up on the outskirts of Detroit, David Girard thought more about hockey, snow, and auto plants than vines and grapes. But after working in his father’s gas station through high school and college, a stint as an Army enlistee, a Ford manager and accountant, and armed with an MBA from Wayne State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan, a California perspective seemed like a good idea. With wife and daughter Rachael in tow, David moved to Berkeley where he earned his Ph.D. After practicing law briefly, he moved to Europe for a year where he studied and traveled. Upon his return, David accepted a position as a professor at U.C. Santa Barbara in the Graduate School of Education where he taught educational finance and law.
After three years, David returned to Berkeley where his second daughter, Yvette was born. He taught for some six years at U.C. Berkeley before returning to the practice of law, primarily representing schools and colleges. This is the work that brought David to the Sierra Foothills. Today he continues to practice law, yet feels the tug of the vineyard grow stronger with each passing year. As for other interests, David has been an avid runner for over 35 years and continues to run an occasional 10k and a rare half-marathon. He has abandoned marathons because they hurt too much. During the weekend, when he’s taking a break from planting flowers and landscaping at the vineyard, you can find him on the winery patio sipping a chilled glass of Viognier-Roussanne.
Winemaker & Vineyard Manager
Grayson began his career in Napa Valley in 2002, learning from such luminaries as Andy Erickson, Abe Schoener, and John Kongsgaard. Prior to that he had the great fortune to study at St. John's College in New Mexico, where he was inspired by alum Warren Winiarski, whom he met at a life-changing "career services" dinner his Senior year. He was the Assistant Winemaker at Schramsberg Vineyards in the mid 2000s, responsible for some of the first vintages of J. Davies, their estate Cabernet blend. After establishing himself as a winemaker shortly thereafter, he made a rare leap to the vineyard -- and the Foothills at the same time -- tending Bill Easton's organic estate of Rhone grapes at Terre Rouge. Grayson's work at David Girard Vineyards respresents the confluence of his aspirations as a vineyardist and winemaker.
Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager
Rod does double duty as both David Girard Vineyards Tasting Room, and Wine Club Manager. As the former General Director of the Sacramento Opera, Rod appreciates the importance of putting together a first rate production. If you ask Rod about our wines, our history or local near facts and trivia, he is equal to the task. You may hear an occasional “Ya’ll” from Rod. That would be attributable to his Texas roots.
Tasting Room Associate
Sandy has been with DGV from the day it opened. If anyone knows where the bodies are buried it’s Sandy. She has played most of the roles: Business Manager’ Wine Club Manager; Tasting Room Manager and Events Manager to name but a few. When we want to remember why we do certain things – or shouldn’t – we ask Sandy.