Winemaker/Founder - Millesime Cellars
The wine family tree: roots to glass
Brittany’s family history is deeply rooted in viticulture and enology. From her great grandfather Fredrick Doak, a vineyard owner in Napa Valley that sold his grapes to vintners during the early nineteen-hundreds pre-prohibition, to her parents Fred & Linda Rice founders of the first certified organic vineyard and winery in Santa Barbara County (Sunstone).
Brittany helped plant the first merlot vines on the family property in 1990, which is known today as block B in the Sunstone vineyard. At the age of sixteen, she began serving wine to visitors and guests in the family tasting room. When she was twenty one, she worked in the cellar alongside winemaker Daniel Gehrs, the family’s wine making consultant from 1999-2006.
In 2005, while entrenched in crafting the family wines, Brittany embarked on a new passion project, which would focus on small lot, unfined and unfiltered organic Bordeaux blends. Millesime Cellars was born and in that first year Brittany made only 100 cases which included four of her five current blends today; Bleu Saphir, Lumiere du Fleur, Le Reflexion, and Scoprire.