Craig Dunn is a veteran sommelier who for many years managed a Wine Spectator "Best of the Award of Excellence" - winning wine cellar for a restaurant in Taos. He has also worked the "crush" at several wineries in Oregon, and even grows Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes in a two-story greenhouse attached to his home. Ask him about the miniature wine barrels in his wine cellar! Craig loves sharing his extensive knowledge and passion for wine with experienced and novice wine drinkers alike, and is conducting our new series of wine education events in Taos. When he's not helping to make Black Mesa wine at the winery in Velarde, you'll find him managing the Taos tasting room.
Laurie Mitchell Dunn (wife of our assistant winemaker, Craig Dunn) spent many years in corporate finance before relocating to Taos several years ago. Having had the opportunity to drink fine wines from every part of the world during her business travels in the U.S. and overseas, she's now having fun learning about how wine is made and delighting customers at the Taos tasting room by introducing them to Black Mesa's excellent wines. Laurie also books the talented musicians who play weekly live music in Taos. Her real title, as she will proudly tell you, is "Wine Geek in Training".
Jane is 2nd from right. Jane was working for Gary and Connie when we purchased Black Mesa, so she's been at the winery longer than Jerry and Lynda!
Margie is the shipping and wine club manager extraordinaire. Once in awhile we even let her work outside with the flowers, which she loves to do. The gorgeous summer flowers on the Taos tasting room's patio and parking lot are Margie's handiwork also.
Susan came to New Mexico in 1999 and worked as a production weaver for her first 7 years here. In 2006 she went back to school and earned a Master's degreee in Accounting. She has helped a number of clients since her grad school days and was happy to join the team at BMW in January 2013. Susan continues to weave and is currently working on a project weaving and manufacturing men's neckties inspired by ties that were woven in New Mexico from the 1930s through the 1980s.
Anne is a server in our Taos Tasting Room. She has lived in Taos since 2002, pursuing a variety of creative paths. While operating a local fine, custom furniture company, she was also working as a senior graphic designer in the gaming industry. Currently, in her spare time, she is a certified MnemeTherapist, helping individuals with various cognitive difficulties. Anne is enjoying learning about wine and sharing that knowledge with customers. She feels blessed to have started her wine education with such a fantastic winery.
Murphy works in the Velarde tasting room. Always ready to laugh and enjoy wine.
Scott loves white water and wine, in that order. It is a good thing the tasting room is next to the river!
Nate attained a Master's degree in 1997 and moved to New Mexico to start a non-profit theater. Nate has worked in the fine dining industry over the last dozen years and has a love for great wine!
Lucy is an associate designer in Santa Fe and is working at the winery on the weekends. Lucy adds lots of smiles and cheer to the tasting room.
Sola is the offical greeter of the BMW tasting room!