Winemaker, North American Wines, Blend Poet
A highly accomplished and passionate winemaker, Richard applies his sophisticated intellect to everything he does. In college, he learned German just to meet girls. To party with his friends, he made wine. That brainy approach to having fun eventually landed him in the wine business. After earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Oregon, he moved to Germany for a 3-year apprenticeship, and completed his dual Master's degrees in Viticulture and Enology from Germany's famed Institute of Winemaking in Geisenheim. He then moved back to the States and established his own winery, Callahan Ridge, in Oregon. Driven to expand his knowledge and extend his mastery, he moved to Napa, where he honed his skills as Winemaker at well-respected wineries such as Stags' Leap Winery, Palmaz Vineyards and the Bradford Mountain Winery. He joined WX in 2008 and his experience and depth of knowledge made an instant impact on the team. He has a deep commitment to quality and an exceptional ability for creating innovative blends that bring forward the best in each varietal. Away from work, Mansfield spends time with his wife Leslie at their home in St. Helena.
Fairly new to the International wine scene, Australia is known for its outgoing, unpretentious wines that show rich, juicy flavors. Although we think of Australia as the dry “Outback” portrayed in movies, a majority of the people (and the wines) cling to the southern perimeter of the continent, where the weather is cooler and more maritime. The vineyards are only a few hours from the coast and experience balanced temperatures with warm days and cool nights. Australia is also the oldest continent in the world, with ancient, weathered soils that are well-draining and poor in nutrients. Although this sounds bad, it is exactly what vines need to produce quality fruit and develop rich, concentrated flavors.