Tom grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed a fascination for food production at an early age. He started his undergraduate education at the Claremont Colleges in Southern California where he explored different science programs. Desiring a more immersive educational experience, he found the Agroecology department at the Evergreen State College in Washington focused on food science and agriculture. Upon graduation, Tom explored roles ranging from operating a 6-acre urban farm through the AmeriCorps program to diving into Silicon Valley’s emerging AgTech industry.
In 2018, the Hanson Family and winemaker Cary Gott approached Tom to join their project. Having appreciated good wine for years and its ability to enhance the culinary experience, Tom saw this as the opportunity of a lifetime, uniting his passion for agriculture and science through the craft of winemaking. His tutelage under Cary Gott has been invaluable. Tom’s education has been further supplemented by his surroundings at Punchdown Cellars where he has the fortune of collaborating with some of the best in the industry. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Tom has kept stride with the ever-evolving project at Bricoleur Vineyards, managing both estate vineyards and winemaking operations.