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RD Winery Appoints a New Assistant Winemaker and Production Manager

PRESS  |  JUL 6, 2022
Assistant Winemaker Rachael Froehlich in front of cellar doors

“I’m intrigued by all of the styles that RD Winery and its collective members produce, and I enjoy the creativity in helping make both RD’s wines and those made through custom crush. I’m excited about having this more hands-on role, and hope to use my future MBA to grow the program.”
–Rachael Froehlich

NAPA VALLEY, Calif., July 6, 2022 – RD Winery, Napa’s first Vietnamese-owned winery, has hired Rachael Froehlich to the winemaking team as the assistant winemaker and production manager. In her role, Froehlich will assist head winemaker, Timothy Milos, on wine production for RD Winery’s two brands—Hundred Knot, which includes the winery’s high-end Khoai tier, and Fifth Moon. She will also focus on growing the winery’s custom crush program, the Collective at RD Winery, while working closely on production with the 15 various collective members.

“Rachael is a driven, passionate winemaker, whose talents are only growing. I’m so glad to have her join the RD Winery team,” says Mailynh Phan, RD Winery CEO. “Much has changed since we opened our tasting room in 2020 and started officially sharing our wines in the U.S. market. Rachael’s dynamic experience and skillset lend themselves beautifully to our approach of bringing community into everything we do.”

Froehlich joins RD Winery with a passion for small-batch, premium winemaking. Her experience includes working as a cellar hand, lab technician, harvest enologist and assistant winemaker, at wineries from New Zealand and Australia, to Sonoma and Napa. She holds a WSET Level 3 Certification in wine, as well as the Wine Business Management Certification from Sonoma State University, where she is currently pursuing her MBA. Most recently, Froehlich worked as the assistant winemaker at Roche Winery in Sonoma and later as the assistant winemaker at Ca’ Momi Winery in Napa.

“I’m intrigued by all of the styles that RD Winery and its collective members produce, and I enjoy the creativity in helping make both RD’s wines and those made through custom crush,” says Froehlich. “I’m excited about having this more hands-on role, and hope to use my future MBA to grow the program.”