About Us2019-04-15T23:15:16+00:00

Laura Carpenter – Proprietor

Laura Carpenter Hawkes credits her peripatetic upbringing for her love of adventure and culture. Raised a brat mainly in the East and South, she has called the Bay Area home since 1993, and has been in food, wine, and hospitality almost as long. From fine dining to retail to production, and everything in between, Laura relishes working in the dynamic and inexhaustible field of wine. Typically late to the party, she recently passed the Level 2 Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and plans to continue studying and practicing stellar service in her adopted hometown of Healdsburg.

Jake Hawkes – Winemaker

Jake Hawkes has no formal training as a winemaker, but he has always loved to drink. He was born in Alexander Valley, grew up on a farm, and started making Chardonnay in high school in glass demi-johns. Twenty-five (or thirty) years later, his approach to winemaking is very much the same as it was then: keep it clean and stay away from oak. He lives in Alexander Valley with his wife and kids and works in the family business: growing grapes and making wine.

Rolando Maldonado – Sales

Rolando Maldonado loves to eat, and he loves to drink. Less romantically, he’s been a hospitality professional since he was 15, when a Russian-Armenian family entrusted him with the key to their restaurant, taking him in and showing him what not to do, exactly as they had (not) done since 1963. He is still figuring what not to do. In 2018 he joined Carpenter, after a year learning from the UNTI family and 2 years working as Dry Creek Kitchen’s Wine Director. Rolando is mostly compelled by simple pursuits but on a good day is also moved by antagonism (the noun). Active pleasures include Monica Vitti, a good lemonade, seamless service, time with his parents, dissension, and all things seasons and tides.

Giannina Hawkes

Giannina Hawkes was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to Sonoma County in 1983. She grew up, one of three kids, in Alexander Valley on a farm that her parents bought in 1971. As a youngster she moved a few towns away, spread her wings and came back to what she knew: family and wine.

Giannina resides in Sonoma County with her two boys, Lucas and Jonathan, and works in the business with her family. You’ll find her typing away on her computer most days, trying to make it all work out in the end.