From The Wine Foundry headquarters, amidst the vineyards of Napa, a small, dedicated team make up the Foundry Wines.  Some of the movers and shakers are:

Patrick Saboe, Director of Winemaking

In 1996, Patrick Saboe was reshaping the Charleston, SC restaurant scene at nationally lauded Slightly North of Broad, when a honeymoon to California’s wine country changed his life. Patrick traded kitchen tools for winemaking textbooks by enrolling in the Enology & Viticulture program at U.C. Davis.

While attending U.C. Davis, Patrick worked at Robert Sinskey Vineyards and assisted Dr. Andy Walker in the Pierce’s Disease Resistance Rootstock Breeding Program. Upon graduation, he became Harvest Enologist for Hanna Winery before becoming the Assistant Winemaker at Keller Estate. Here, Patrick gained valuable experience working closely with renowned winemaker, Michael McNeill (Hanzell), to produce multiple award-winning wines. In 2006, he became Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Petroni Vineyards as well as Consulting Winemaker for Verismo Wines. In 2008, Patrick accepted the Director of Winemaking position at Pezzi King Vineyards. These experiences were a perfect fit for his next ventures as Winemaker for Crushpad, and now Director of Winemaking at The Wine Foundry since 2012.

Patrick’s winemaking philosophy is simple: exceptional wines are made from exceptional fruit with exceptional care. Consequently, he collaborates closely with the numerous growers who partner with The Wine Foundry, assuring that quality is paramount. When not  tending to client barrels, Patrick spends time with his wife Dawn and three children Maddy, Claire and Jackson in Petaluma.


Stuart Ake, Director of Wine Education & Sales

Raised a tortured Cubs fan within the friendly confines of suburban Chicago, Stu learned to doubt statistical probability from an early age. After undergraduate studies in philosophy & education, Stu focused on improving literacy in classrooms in New York City before moving west for graduate school at U.C. Berkeley.

Upon relocating to the Bay Area, he was bitten by the wine bug. He tinkered with fermentation before making the career transition into the wine industry in 2006. However, Stu couldn’t shake the teaching bug and began to develop hands-on experiences around wine. After initially serving as a consultant for The Wine Foundry, he joined the team full time in 2014 as Director of Wine Education and Sales. He’s appeared on The Today Show, and his activities & materials have received critical praise in Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Forbes, Men’s Journal, Time and Chicago Tribune.

When not slinging barrels at TWF, Stu is drinking crisp whites, wimpy Pinots, earthy Rhones and sledgehammer Cabs, all while building his collection of soul records and lamenting the Chicago Cubs. Alongside his wife, Shelley, Stu is a self proclaimed film geek and popcorns to the movie theater more than 50 times each year.