Employee Spotlight: Mercedes Guzman

There are so many extraordinary people behind every bottle of Frank Family wine. Mercedes is one of those hard-working team members whose meticulous attention and dedication shines through with every pull of the cork. Joining the Frank Family team in 2015, Mercedes takes great pride in her position as a Cellar Worker. Between crushing fruit at harvest time, racking and blending barrels, and working on the bottling line, Mercedes certainly keeps busy year-round. Her role is vital to our philosophy: “great wine happens every day.” 

1. What drew you to work at Frank Family Vineyards originally?  

I love wine. I enjoy the entire process from crushing to processing. I started working as an intern 5 years ago and since then I have become a fulltime employee at Frank Family. I love working here. 

2. What are three words to describe Frank Family Vineyards?  

Home, Happy, Teamwork   

3. What is your favorite time of year at the winery?  

Harvest. It’s such an exciting and busy time at the winery. A typical day for me in harvest starts around 7am and ends around 8pm. Frank Family has become my second home over the years between these late nights spent crushing.  

4. What is your favorite Frank Family wine?  

The Lewis Pinot Noir is always my favorite. I love to pair it with homemade enchiladas.  

5. What do you like to do when you’re not working?  

I love spending time with my son, taking walks in Pope Valley where we live, cooking and relaxing at home. And of course, drinking wine.