TODD ALEXANDER

WINEMAKER

Todd’s passion lies in crafting terroir-driven wines that showcase the unique characteristics of specific sites through uncompromising, meticulous work in both the vineyard and winery. Prior to his arrival at Force Majeure, Todd was most recently Winemaker for acclaimed “cult” winery Bryant Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley. At Bryant, he worked closely with some of the very best and brightest in the wine industry, including legendary vineyard manager David Abreu and famous winemaking consultant Michel Rolland. In 2014, Todd came to Force Majeure with the goal of applying his skills and talents toward pushing the envelope of winemaking in Washington state, to join in our endeavor of crafting truly world-class wines from our own special sites.

DICK BOUSHEY

VINEYARD MANAGER

Our Red Mountain estate vineyard is expertly farmed by legendary Washington grape-grower, Dick Boushey and his team. Dick Boushey has been growing grapes in Washington for over 30 years and is also a member of the Washington Wine Commission board, the Association of Wine Grape Growers, Wine Advisory Committee and others. He has been named “Grower of the Year” by Wine and Spirits Magazine in the past.

Dick Boushey works closely with our winemaking team in a collaborative effort to maximize the expression of the fruit from our vineyard site.

HELEN KEPLINGER

CONSULTING ENOLOGIST

Well-known for her high standards and unwavering commitment to quality, Helen Keplinger has made wine at some of the very top estates in Napa Valley, including Grace Family Vineyards, Bryant Family Vineyard, Kenzo Estate, Arrow & Branch, and her own eponymous label, Keplinger Wines. She spent 3 years making wine in the Priorat region of Spain, that region being one of the inspirations for Force Majeure Vineyard. Helen’s philosophy revolves around making classically structured wines that reflect their terroir. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Food and Wine magazine in 2012, and in June 2014, appeared on the cover of Wine Spectator magazine. Helen’s role as a consultant brings Force Majeure additional layers of depth and experience that will help push our viticultural and enological efforts to new heights.

PAUL & SUSAN MCBRIDE

PROPRIETORS

As lifetime entrepreneurs constantly on the lookout for opportunities to improve and innovate, Paul and Susan McBride were attracted to the Northwest for the promise of developing world-class vineyards and wines from the region. They quickly recognized the promise and quality of wines coming from Red Mountain in Washington State and purchased the undeveloped land that is now Force Majeure Vineyard in 2004. Their passion is to make wines that define their region and deftly capture the terroir of its vineyards. Hands on and uncompromising in their approach to quality, they are committed to cultivating first-class winemaking and viticulture talent to craft wines that can compete with the finest in the world.

CARRIE ALEXANDER

DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING

Carrie’s background has paired marketing and design with the world of food and wine, beginning with management and wine buying in restaurants across the western United States. After working with the famed Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustard’s Grill in the Napa Valley, she transitioned into the wine business at Chappellet Winery as Marketing Coordinator and Personal Assistant to Molly Chappellet.  Later, she worked as Sales Manager at neighboring Bryant Family Vineyard, before starting her own consulting business. She currently works with Force Majeure, lending her talents to website creation, label design, photography and all matters related to sales and customer service. In addition, she is Vice President of Operations at Art Culinaire, supplier of renowned Lacanche French Ranges. She continues to maintain her consulting business, clients of which have included Kinsella Estates, Big Table Farm, Myriad Cellars, Becklyn and Avennia, among others.