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.



Damon Lalonde, a Washington State native, developed a passion for wine as a youth while visiting his great uncle in the Napa Valley. He spent several years at Chateau St. Michelle as a Viticulturist and then struck out on his own, managing vineyards in various AVAs of Washington State. He is a partner in French Creek Vineyard and has managed vineyards for Corliss Estates and Charles Smith, including the development of K Vintners’ Powerline Estate Vineyard, which received a #2 ranking in Wine Spectators’ Top 100 wines of 2017. Damon brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, experience and talent to Force Majeure and works closely with our winemaking team to ensure our vineyards are farmed at the highest level.



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’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 General Manager of The Walls Vineyards in Walla Walla. She continues to maintain her consulting business, clients of which have included Kinsella Estates, Big Table Farm, Myriad Cellars, Becklyn and Avennia, among others.