Winemaker Brett Escalera grew up in the Central Coast avocado and surfing community of Carpenteria. His first exposure to wine was through his grandfathers, both avid home winemakers. The eno-spark was really kindled after taking some wine appreciation classes from the legendary wine instructor Dr. Marian Baldy at Cal State Chico, where he was studying Business Administration.
Brett’s wine career began in earnest when he accepted a part-time cellar position with Bruce McGuire at Santa Barbara Winery in 1985. After several years of seasonal work there, it was apparent that a formal education in winemaking was the only way to go, and Brett was accepted into the graduate enology program at Cal State Fresno. While there, he completed a second major in Enology, a minor in Viticulture, and a Masters of Science in Agricultural Chemistry. His thesis project work was on the trellising, training, and pruning of Chardonnay grapevines in Santa Barbara County, resulting in significant viticultural knowledge that laid a strong foundation for his subsequent winemaking work.
Straight out of Fresno State he accepted a position at Byron Winery & Vineyard, leading to a winemaking position at Fess Parker Winery. It was while working there as Winemaker that he partnered with Tom Daughters (a local physician) to create Consilience and several years later, Tre Anelli Wines.
Over the years Brett has developed an expansive winemaking portfolio crafting an impressive array of locally-grown wines from Rhone, Burgundian, Italian and Spanish varieties, all for labels that are now part of The Sanger Family of Wines.