Rich Brinkmann

Cellar Master


What do you do at Black Hills?

I am basically the winemaker’s labourer, barrel work, rack wine, tend to ferments, process fruit during harvest, track & maintain ferments, do pumpovers and punch downs, press the wine.

What do you do before?

I am a carpenter.

How long have you been here?

Since 2014

Where are you from, originally?

I was born in Sault Ste Marie

Stelvin or cork?

Both. They each have their place.

Red, white, bubbles or rose?

Depends what you’re eating and time of year.

What’s your favourite grape? 

It used to be Cab Franc but I am really starting to like Merlot again. Smell it while it’s fermenting and then get aback to me with an opinion. It smells beautiful.

If you could acquire a skill or talent with the snap of a finger, what would it be? 

I wish I had better people skills.

Secret talent or achievement or skill people might not know you have?

I was ski school employee of the year when I was 17.

Sweet or salty?

Depends on the moment.

Favourite dish to eat?

Rack of lamb

Favourite pairing ever?

Axl and Slash.

Favourite Black Hills wine other than NB?

Chardonnay and the Syrah.

Guilty pleasure?

Huge Rhianna Fan