Hospitality and Sales Team

Michelle Blanco
Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager

Michelle was born on the South side of Chicago and “caught the wine bug” at the age of 19.  Her dream of working snd living in a beautiful wine region became a reality in Fall of 2012, when she left her cushy corporate job in Philadelphia and moved to the Napa Valley.  She has not looked back, and also admits that she does not miss the Chicago winters!  Her favorite wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Addie Braun
Tasting Room

Addie grew up in Minnesota, but has spent the past 10 years in NY, Paris, and Chicago.  She recently moved to San Francisco with her dog Fizz & cat Fuzz to be close enough to escape to Napa on the weekends.  She also leads a team at Google and is a Level Two Sommelier.  Her favorite bottle is our Estate Malbec.

Linda Champagne
Tasting Room

Yep, that’s her real name.  Linda grew up in Napa, and, after 20 plus years in the wine indsutry, counts Schweiger Vineyards as the coolest winery ever!  She lives in Old Town Napa, (continuously renovating her 95 year old house), with her husband Steve and their cat Squeaky.  Her favorite Schweiger wine is Sauvignon Blanc…and she can’t wait to get her hands on it in Spring!

Jill Farmer
Marketing Director

Jill is a Napa native, with a mixed background of hospitality and non-profit management.  After a few experiments and adventures from Silicon Valley to Chicago, she is happy to be home, enjoying the best wines, views, and people in the world. In particular an older vintage Merlot, husband Lucas, daughter Mia, and their two pups anywhere in our beautiful Valley.

Kurt Purvis
Tasting Room

Kurt is the newest member of the Schweiger team, coming all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee. His passion for wine began while helping out in his father’s wine shop growing up. Since then he has worked in many retail wine shops, spent a few years in Spain, and worked in production last harvest. In his free time Kurt enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and drinking good wine with great friends. His favorite bottle is the Dedication.

Paula Schweiger
Tasting Room

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Paula met Andy (our winemaker) while they were exchange students in Spain during high school. In addition to helping out in the tasting room, Paula also teaches Kindergarten here in St. Helena. She is an avid walker, loves reading and spending time with her two children, and likes to quilt when she can find the time. You will usually find her enjoying a glass of whatever Andy has decided pairs best with dinner that evening (hopefully Dedication ®).

Wendy Vogt
Tasting Room Supervisor

Originally from Nebraska, Napa life was always a dream for Wendy, her husband Leo, and their dogs. In early 2013 they became permanent residents after moving about ten times to different cities across the country, and she intends to never trade in her current office view. She can usually be found cooking and entertaining with a glass of her favorite bottle, Single Vineyard Select Gate Block Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bill Wiebalk
General Manager

Born and raised in Northern California, Bill joined Schweiger Vineyards after a focused career in the premium wine industry. When he isn’t overseeing various aspects of the winery he is homebrewing the best beer in the state (in our opinion), keeping bees, and spending time kayaking and mountain biking with his wife Dayna. Bill’s bottle of choice is our versatile Chardonnay.

Adam Wild
Tasting Room

A Sonoma County wine country native residing in Santa Rosa and recent addition to the Schweiger Vineyards Team, Adam brings many years of wine hospitality and sales experience to the team.  You can find Adam hiking with his wife at the trails of Bodega Bay and Donner Lake in Truckee, enjoying Alfred Hitchcock movies, their cat Izzy, and his favorite varietals of malbec, cab franc and cabernet sauvignon with a juicy ribeye steak.  Adam’s wine of choice is our ’14 Malbec.