James Christopher Tracy
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area to parents who owned a small vineyard, collected wine and exposed their children to great food, James Christopher Tracy seemed destined to become a winemaker. After a career in the performing arts (with wife Allison Dubin, he co-founded the Momentary Theatre, a not-for-profit organization that performed in New York and beyond), Tracy attended the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. He graduated first in his class and received a Grand Diplome. He worked as the Pastry Sous Chef at March restaurant and then as Executive Sous Chef of Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, both based in NYC. While working as a chef Tracy earned his Sommelier Certificate from the Sommelier Society of America as well as the Higher Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. He was awarded the Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) which entitles him to the D.W.S. distinction. He also holds a CWE, and he is currently a candidate for the prestigious Master of Wine.
Christopher's initial involvement with Channing Daughters Winery was as a Wine Club Member, then as a Team Merlot member. In 2001 Christopher began developing several new products and prestige cuvees for the winery. Through the introduction of indigenous yeast fermentations, longer extraction periods, small batches, crop reduction, astute barrel control, and most importantly, blending, he believes Channing Daughters and the Long Island region will keep on growing and producing world-class wines. As Christopher says, "its just the magic of givin' the wines some love." He is now a partner in the company, as well as the winemaker.