ABOUT US

Max Thieriot - Max grew up in the vineyard. Before he could walk, he was riding in a tractor with his father - farming their family's esteemed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. Max is excited to take his passion and creativity from his career in acting and apply it to making world-class wines. He's involved with many aspects of Senses from vineyard acquisitions, operations, brand development and wholesale sales.

Max Thieriot - Max grew up in the vineyard. Before he could walk, he was riding in a tractor with his father - farming their family's esteemed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. Max is excited to take his passion and creativity from his career in acting and apply it to making world-class wines. He's involved with many aspects of Senses from vineyard acquisitions, operations, brand development and wholesale sales.

Chris Strieter - Chris combined his dream to own a business with his passion for wine when he partnered with Max and Myles. Rather than pursuing a career in consulting, he worked harvest after graduating from Claremont with his Master's degree in Finance. He also worked with Williams Selyem, a classic cult Pinot Noir producer. This experience and knowledge sparked his interest and ultimately led to the beginning of Senses. Chris is intimately involved with all aspects of the business

Chris Strieter - Chris combined his dream to own a business with his passion for wine when he partnered with Max and Myles. Rather than pursuing a career in consulting, he worked harvest after graduating from Claremont with his Master's degree in Finance. He also worked with Williams Selyem, a classic cult Pinot Noir producer. This experience and knowledge sparked his interest and ultimately led to the beginning of Senses. Chris is intimately involved with all aspects of the business

Myles Lawrence-Briggs  - Myles couldn’t stay away from wine country and returned to the area to learn the craft of winemaking after graduating from University of Colorado with his English Literature degree. Myles manages production from grape to bottle and works with our consulting winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, to craft our newest vintages. It’s suspected he reads Tennyson to his vines, but that they much prefer Robert Browning.

Myles Lawrence-Briggs  - Myles couldn’t stay away from wine country and returned to the area to learn the craft of winemaking after graduating from University of Colorado with his English Literature degree. Myles manages production from grape to bottle and works with our consulting winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, to craft our newest vintages. It’s suspected he reads Tennyson to his vines, but that they much prefer Robert Browning.


OCCIDENTAL

The name means "western", and true to its name Occidental rests in the western mountains on the Sonoma Coast, a haven for some of California's greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. A small town, population 1,115, if you grew up here, you know your neighbors. 

With such a love for this small town on the Sonoma Coast, when starting a wine brand, Max, Myles and Chris wanted to make sure they focused on the important things, the people, and the place. 

It turns out are incredibly important when it comes to making great wines. You count on great people when you make wine, people you can trust to grow the best grapes you can get your hands on. The place is what gives you something unique. 


 

THE VINEYARDS

Growing up right here in Occidental, we grew up right alongside some of California's greatest winegrowing families. Entering into the winemaking business, who better to work with than families like these, who grow some of the best grapes in the world. 

Every vineyard is unique in its own very special way, or at least it should be. When finding great vineyards, you can always count on something special sticking out to great you.

Charles Heitz Vineyard

Charles Heitz Vineyard


WINEMAKING

Taking those flavors so cherished and tuning them into great wines