A native Californian, Coby Parker-Garcia was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. Growing up working in the family garden he realized his love for agriculture, and after extensive travel to Europe and South America he knew the wine industry was his true calling.
At Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, Coby studied Agribusiness Marketing with a minor in Wine and Viticulture. In addition to working on the campus vineyard, learning the ins and outs of growing grapes, he also took an internship with a local winery, where his love for winemaking grew and pushed his passion for wine even further.
When the opportunity to work for Claiborne & Churchill arose in 2004, Coby took on the role of assistant winemaker. Under the guidance of Clay Thompson, he learned traditional European winemaking techniques that emphasized minimal manipulation of both fruit and wine. He augmented this education with additional classes at the University of California Davis, which gave him insight to new and improved winemaking techniques. By 2007, Coby was promoted to head winemaker for Claiborne & Churchill. Today he oversees the entire wine production, their estate vineyards, and works closely with numerous vineyard managers along the Central Coast.
"I like to say I take a hands-on approach to winemaking. Get in and get dirty. As a winemaker, my job is to highlight the best qualities of each vintage. Each vintage is different and brings something positive or unique to the table. My job is to showcase the vineyard and vintage in each glass of wine. My wines are not the biggest, boldest, or most tannic. They show extreme finesse. My style is to make balanced wine that accompanies food that show solid structure, elegance, and age ability."