Tasting Room Staff
Terra Fessler Wine Club and Hospitality Director
In 2008 my girlfriends took me out wine tasting for the very first time and I was instantly in love the whole experience;, the wine, the history and the feeling of being part of a family. I then began taking wine appreciation classes at Santa Rosa Junior College and was discovered by the director of administration of a local winery and then before I knew it I was pouring behind the bar and helping run their wine club. After a brief detour in the dental industry I found myself happy and right at home with the Laird Family.
If you can’t find me in the tasting room there’s a good chance I can be found at the gym or hiking through Armstrong woods. I also enjoy trying new restaurants, spa days, making crafts and playing board games. My favorite Laird wines are Jillian’s Blend and Cold Creek Chardonnay.
Madeleine Rose Tasting Room and Hospitality
One of my very first memories was picnicking at Buena Vista Winery with my family when I was 3 years old. Even at a young age I was enchanted by the beauty and the culture of the whole experience. As I grew up, my enchantment turned into a passion, and my passion turned into my career. After graduating from UCSD, I took wine classes through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), and I received certificates at both the intermediate and advanced level. Shortly after that, I found my new home at Laird Family Estate.
Aside from being a wine geek, I’m a history buff as well. I majored in history and it will forever remain one of my favorite topics of discussion. When I’m not at Laird you can find me hiking Mt. Tamalpais or riding my bike wherever I may roam. If I had to choose my favorite Laird wine, I would have to say it’s the 2007 Jillian’s Blend. It’s the perfect balance of Cabernet, Syrah, and Merlot!
Tasting Room Host
I am a native Napan and University of California at Davis graduate. I taught high school for 11 years, mostly history, English, and coaching baseball. I have worked in wine tasting rooms for 25 years, including over 10 years at Laird Family Estate.
I have been a San Francisco Giants fan since 1958. Photography, gardening, music, cooking, writing, and family activities make me happy.
His favorite Laird Family Estate wine is Ghost Ranch Pinot Noir, especially paired with slow cooker beef stew.