Rachel Bordes works closely with General Manager and Winemaker Joe Nielsen and Assistant Winemaker Orrin Oles to oversee all wine production across the lab, cellar and vineyards. Rachel first joined Ram’s Gate in 2020 as a harvest intern, before quickly rising to cellar technician, and in 2021, enologist.
Originally from New Orleans, Rachel’s family moved to Sausalito, CA in 2012 where she attended high school. During this time, her parents bought a 27-acre vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA and contracted fruit to several esteemed producers in the region. It is through this venture that Rachel first fell in love with winemaking and chose to pursue a degree in viticulture and enology at Cal Poly in 2016. After completing a harvest internship at Tolosa Winery in 2019, Rachel went on to complete her senior research project on the effect of shade cloth on the sensory aspect of wine before graduating in 2020 and joining Ram’s Gate for harvest that year.
As enologist, Rachel spends most of her time at Ram’s Gate in the lab tracking the fermentation and aging progress of the wines, and in the vineyard where she monitors the sugar and acid levels of the grapes to determine the optimal time to pick the next vintage.
When Rachel is not in the cellar, she is likely off running, biking, swimming and hiking in Sonoma.