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Welcome to
Yokayo Wine Company


On the Yokayo Bench, just north of Ukiah, the Yokayo Wine Company sits among the
vines of Pauli Ranch. This facility is the premier custom crush operation for North Coast
grapes and wine, serving vintners from every segment of the industry.

The Crush Facility

Yokayo Wine Company Crush and Storage Facility is one of the largest, most modern and  versatile facilities for the wine industry in the North Coast. We proudly offer the following, always supported with our committment to excellence.

Tanks

2.3 million gallons total capacity, ranging in size from 1,000 gallons to 30,000 gallons, with a wide range red and white fermentation tank sizes, gallons, widths and heights, to meet any need. Our multi-size breakdown system ensures topped tanks during storage periods. All of our tanks have cooling jackets, and insulated tanks are available for long term storage.

Scale

A 72 foot state certified drive "into and out of" scale makes shipping and transfer quick and efficient, and gives growers documented measurement of all shipments into the facility.

Press

Our bladder press is from Bucher, known world-wide for obtaining must of excellent and constant quality, will handle any level of press needed from 15 to 60 tons of white grapes per load.

WINEMAKING

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It's all about the flavor profiles.

We aim to meet the specific winemaking
requirements of all customers. You may take advantage of our comprehensive winemaking program, or provide a set of your proprietary winemaking protocols for us to follow. An onsite laboratory and blending room are available for scientific and sensory analysis. 

Head Winemaker David Rosenthal's experience has led to a deep understanding of myriad factors that influence a wine’s flavor profile. He brings this extensive knowledge to bear on all the wine we make for you.

Having worked at Buena Vista for famed winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, been part of running his own family vineyards since 1972, managed a co-op of grape growers for Konocti, and made dozens of some of today's most popular brands here at Yokayo, David has seen and made it all. He and his team of winemakers is ready to create the best wine for your brand.


The Yokayo Team

We bring all the experience, skill, and caring to make great wines.

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For five generations in Mendocino County, the Pauli Family has been farmers, wine growers and vintners. While our facility and winemaking embody the latest and most technologically advanced methods, the philosophy of Yokayo Wine Company is one of craftsmanship and tradition.

The entire team at Yokayo Wine Company brings these unique qualities to every drop of wine we make for you.

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Bill Pauli, General Partner

Bill Pauli has an unparalleled tenure in the wine industry, and is a leading advocate for agricultural interests in state and national goverment. The former President and CEO of Souverain Winery, He is also the former co-owner of Braren Pauli Winery, former President and CEO of St. Genevieve Winery in Texas, and was a Partner and President of Redwood Valley Cellars Winery. Recently retired as the President of the California Farm Bureau Federation, he also serves as a member of the board of CAWG, and is a former board member of State Fund and the American Farm Bureau.

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Hal Pauli, General Partner and Winery Operations Manager

Hal is the builder of the Yokayo Wine Co. custom crush facility. A graduate from the University of California at Davis School of Mechanical Engineering, Hal is also involved with farming at Pauli Ranch. He currently serves as a member of the Mendocino County Farm Bureau and is a Firefighter on the Potter Valley FD.

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David Rosenthal, General Manager and Director of Winemaking

Prior to joining Yokayo Wine Co., David was the Director of Winemaking and General Manager at Redwood Valley Cellars, a custom crush winery in Mendocino County. He also served as a winemaker at Konocti Vineyards and Buena Vista Winery. David holds a BS in Fermentation Science from UC Davis, having graduated in 1979.

David and his family began growing grapes in 1972,
commuting on weekends and holidays to the wine country, rejuvenating a 35 year-old abandoned vineyard. He continues working with his family operations to this
day, as well as tending 20 acres of his own grapes in
Lake County.

He started his wine making career at Konocti Winery, a
28 grower co-op in Lake County. While at Konocti Winery, and later at Buena Vista Winery in Carneros, David had the privilege of making a wide range of varietal wines under the tutelage of winemaking legend Andre Tchelistcheff.

David's experience has led to a deep understanding of all the myriad factors that influence a wine’s flavor profile. He brings this extensive knowledge to bear on all the wine we make for you.

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Janet Pauli, Vineyard Manager, Pauli Ranch 

As Vineyard Manager for over twenty years, Janet has become an expert on site-specific sustainable vineyard practices, through the development of various trellis systems, pruning protocols, integrated pest management practices and vineyard floor maintenance. She is currently a Director on the Potter Valley Irrigation District Board and is Chairwoman of the Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission.  

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Jake Pauli, Assistant Winemaker

Jake is our Assistant Winemaker, working daily with David to create great wines on behalf of our customers. Jake grew up in the business and graduated from Napa College with a degree in enology/viticulture

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Darlene Severn, Office Manager and Compliance Specialist

With a degree in business accounting and over a decade of experience in the wine industry, Darlene is Yokayo Wine Co.’s point person for all administrative activities.An expert in TTB and ABC compliance, she manages all regulatory filings for the Wine Co. and it’s customers. Besides good wine, Darlene enjoys antiquing, gardening, and her kitties.

CONTACT FORM

Members of the wine industry are invited to tour out facility.
Please contact us with any questions about our facility and services, or to arrange a time to take a tour.
Phone: 707-436-3366
Email: info@yokayowineco.com
Fax:707-463-3356

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