As the Assistant Winemaker at B Cellars, Derek Taylor works under the strategic direction of Master Winemaker, Kirk Venge.
Derek was born and raised in the Napa Valley, being surrounded by wineries from a young age and spending much of his time at wineries such as Dunn Vineyards. In 2002, he first started harvesting at Freemark Abbey Winery. Derek continued his career growth harvesting at Grove Mill Winery in New Zealand, taking on a position as Harvest Enologist at Nickel and Nickel and working as a full-time Assistant Winemaker at the ultra-premium boutique winery Checkerboard Vineyards with renowned winemaker Martha McClellan.
Derek earned his B.S.. in Enology from Fresno State.