FROM THE DUGOUT
TO THE VINEYARD
Baseball legend Dusty Baker teamed up with Master Winemaker Chik Brenneman to share their combined passion for excellence in creating a line of handcrafted, limited production wines.
Starting out as a gentleman's vineyard in Dusty's backyard, the wine initially was given away to friends and family. After a consistent level of praise and acclaim for Dusty's 2012 Vintage Syrah, the duo decided to expand their production and to "go pro!"
In 2013 Dusty and Chik established B and B Wine Company, LLC which now produces and bottles their wine at Treasure Island Winery in San Francisco, California. The duo is now in the final stages of transferring their operations to West Sacramento, bringing the operation closer to home. Stay tuned for an exciting tasting room opportunity that will excite just about every beer and/or wine lover’s taste buds!
the line up
PARTNER & GROWER
Dusty Baker, best known as a former player and manager of the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Nationals, has carried his passion and desire for excellence from the baseball field to the winery.
Dusty Baker has had an incredible 16 seasons in baseball playing with the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland A's. His record-setting career as a Major League Baseball manager is legendary and has earned him the "Manager of the Year" honors three times and has 1,800 managerial wins and counting.
Dusty's combine efforts with Chik in establishing Baker Family Wines has given him great pride and he's looking forward to the future of producing more great wine for you to enjoy.
WINEMAKER & PARTNER
In 1998, Chik graduated with a Master's degree from UC Davis's school of Viticulture and Enology, a school internationally respected for innovation in grape growing and winemaking. Upon graduation, he went to work for Amador Foothill Winery, in Amador County, CA. He credits his menotors, Katie Quinn and Ben Zeitman, with instilling to him the credo, “if you aren’t going to make good wine. Why bother?”
Chik went on to Terre Rouge Easton Winery, where he learned about making Rhone varieties. Syrah was one of Terre Rouge’s flagship wines. Life changes found Chik to be the production lab manager at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi in Lodi California. It was at Woodbridge, that Chik was told by Mr. Mondavi himself to “follow your dream”.
Part of that dream was to teach. He had always enjoyed training new staff in any of his endeavors and as the corporate world of winemaking changed the dreams Mr. Mondavi had envisioned, he was approached by the University of California at Davis, the home of the world’s premier wine education program to manage their winery. That was in 2006. Chik retired from the University in March 2019 to devote full-time energy to Baker Family Wines.
At Baker Family Wines, Chik ensures that every handcrafted wine we make is of the highest quality and will absolutely delight our customers.