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Jun 3, 2013 6:45 PM by KSBY Staff

Niner Wine Estates names new winemaker

Niner Wine Estates has named Central Coast native Patrick Muran as its head winemaker. "Patrick has been a team member with Niner Wine Estates since its inception," said owner, Richard Niner. "His influence in wine-making style and technique has been instrumental in developing the brand from the early years at our previous custom crush facility, Orcutt Road Cellars."

Muran was raised in San Luis Obispo County and graduated with a degree in Microbiology at UC Santa Barbara before landing his first cellar job at Orcutt Road Cellars in California's Edna Valley. There, Muran developed a deep appreciation for the art of winemaking, studying the craft under venerated French Winemaker, Christian Roguenant.

Muran has been part of the wine-making process of nearly 20 brands including Baileyana, Tangent, Sanford, Carpe Diem, Rosenthal, Cinnabar, and David Bruce. In 2007, Muran took the position of Head Winemaker for Santa Ynez producer Blackjack Winery, where his efforts centered on small-production Bordeaux, Syrah and Chardonnay, with opportunities to work in both vineyard and winemaking roles.

Muran joined Niner Wine Estates in 2009 as Assistant Winemaker.

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