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Ottavino Wines…

Ottavino= Piccolo Flauta (Italian). Shalini’s first passion was playing the piccolo/a.k.a small flute. Now her passion is working with small wineries and boutique brands. A natural migration from one form of art and science to another.

Shalini Sekhar…

A former musician, Shalini turned from her Master’s Degree in Flute and Piccolo Performance to a career in wine. After completing her studies at Fresno State University in Enology and Viticulture, she began her journey into winemaking marrying the dame combination of art and science that fueled her passion in music. Her experience with boutique producers and Pinot Noir dates back to her time a William Selyem. What followed was a series of steps in to the custom crush world where she began working with small clients to execute their visions for their boutique brands beginning with Copain Custom Crush (now Punchdown Cellars), then Bluxome Street Winery, and finally ROAR wines, where she made wine for Wiats-Mast Family Cellars, Furthermore Pinot Noir, Neely Wine and several smaller brands. In 2015 she was awarded Winemaker of the Year at the San Francisco International Wine Competition for her work with Furthermore Pinot Noir. When Shalini is not at the winery or in the vineyard, she is busy studying for her WSET Diploma and chasing after her two small children.