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Winemaker: Tex Sawyer

Born into an Air Force family in San Antonio, Texas (hence the name), Tex Sawyer moved around quite a lot in his youth. His family touched down in diverse corners of the U.S., not to mention brief stints in Thailand and Japan.

Like many in his field, he never imagined that he would eventually earn his living from a grapevine. However, while studying biochemistry at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he became fascinated with winemaking, and eventually earned an M.S. in food science from UC Davis, with a specialization in enology.

Degree in hand, Sawyer worked at Hoffman Mountain Ranch near San Luis Obispo, and then at both Navarro and Edmeades wineries in the Anderson Valley. In 1989, he joined Scharffenberger Cellars (which became Pacific Echo in 1998 until July 2004) as winemaker and focused his efforts on the creation of premium sparkling wines.

Today, Tex continues to oversee production and winemaking for Scharffenberger's wine from Mendocino County.

When not tending to the wines, Sawyer enjoys woodworking, cooking and travel, as well as a cool glass of bubbly with his wife on the deck. A genuine supporter of the Anderson Valley, Sawyer lives a short distance from the winery with his wife Lynne and their two sons, Justin and Aaron.