David Tate, a native of British Columbia, Canada, is the Proprietor and Winemaker of TATE. For 23 years, he has worked all over the world in many facets of premium wine production. As well as hand-crafting TATE wines, David is the winemaker and General Manager for one of the most renowned boutique wineries in the Napa Valley, Barnett Vineyards, where he has produced multiple vintages of critically acclaimed wines.
Prior to his work with Barnett, David was the assistant winemaker at Ridge Vineyards for five years atop Montebello in the Santa Cruz Mountains; his years with Ridge laid the groundwork for David's commitment to quality and understanding of what it takes to produce premium, world-class wine with a sense of place. In addition, David has worked in the Barossa Valley, Australia; Provence, France; Canterbury, New Zealand and has traveled to every fine wine region in the world. David graduated from Brock University in 2002, with an Honors Degree in Enology and Viticulture. David's research work has been published and he is an advocate for wine education, helping to teach portions of the Wine and Spirits Education trust in his free time.
A native Texan, Suzanne fell in love with wine after taking a wine appreciation course during university in Austin. A few years later, while pursuing her other passion and studying the culinary arts at the CCA in San Francisco, she decided to follow her gut and jump into a career in wine and took a job that would move her back to Texas.
After nearly five years working in fine wine distribution in Houston, Suzanne had a chance meeting with David at a wine dinner, and well, as the saying goes...the rest was history...
Suzanne made her move to the Napa Valley in May 2010 and very quickly came to call St. Helena home. Together, she and David founded TATE wine in 2011 and are now excited for their 8th harvest and their new tasting room in St. Helena!