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PROPRIETOR

Melody Meckfessel

Melody is the heart of Poundstone, pouring her expertise and love into all aspects of the brand. She leads the family in fruit selection, winemaking, operations, and sales. Melody is a software engineer by training which she brings to Poundstone understanding the art and science of making wine. Her approach is centered around responsible farming practices, engineering experimentation, and a strong family tradition.

 

In 2007, Melody purchased a 3.5 acre vineyard in Carneros and made her first wines, estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  The rest is history.

Melody graduated from UC Berkeley studying history and biology. 

SALES

Bryan Mann

Bryan is selflessly devoted to our customers. As a wife and husband team, Bryan and Cristen work together on sales and account management.  Bryan has been working in sales since 2004 and is commited to strong customer relationships.  

Bryan served as an active duty Marine for four years. Bryan expanded his understanding of wine near Oregon’s Willamette Valley while earning his degree from the University of Oregon. 

 

Bryan grew up on the farm with his sister, Melody. He brings a unique rural expertise to Poundstone.  He is committed to ensuring fellow Americans have a memorable wine experience. 

SALES & MARKETING LEAD

Cristen Mann

Cristen leads sales and marketing.  Cristen began studying wine as part of the family business in 2014. She spends her days meeting with Sommeliers, Wine Directors, and Restaurant owners.  Cristen is also responsible for direct to consumer sales keeping all of our thirsty friends' glasses full and cellars stocked. 

Cristen ensures Poundstone runs smoothly and is responsible for all online channels. She studied computer graphics at CSU Chico which provided the base for working in the tech industry as a developer for many years. 

WINE MAKER

Bruce Devlin

Bruce is the winemaking genius behind Poundstone. He works closely with Melody to produce a wine they both want to drink.


Bruce Devlin was born in San Jose, California, but his birth certificate might as well been a passport. Bruce's first real experience with wine and wine making was in 1994, when he went to Germany with a student work internship program working in the Pfalz at Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl. After returning to the U.S. he obtained a degree from the University of California at Davis in Fermentation Science. While at Davis, Bruce

worked for Lagier-Meredith vineyards part time. He worked directly with the owner to establish and maintain an ultra-premium Mt. Veeder Syrah program. Outside of studies he managed a virus research vineyard on the campus at U.C. Davis, and conducted studies that were eventually published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.

 

After graduating in 1997, Bruce worked in Sonoma County at Geyser Peak Winery. He decided to gain experience with an international perspective. He spent the 1998 Southern Hemisphere harvest working for Boschendal Wine Estates in South Africa and the 1998 Northern Hemisphere harvest working for Weingut Louis Guntrum in Rheinhessen, Germany. The 1999 vintage was spent working for Tatachilla Winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia.


Bruce returned to the U .S. in the summer of 1999 and began working for Ballentine Vineyards. His background brings both old world and new world style to handcraft wines specific to each variety and vineyard site. Bruce also owns and operates Three Clicks Wines with his wife, Danielle Cyrot.

Artwork

Label Design: Kelly Tunstall
Photography: Gillian Bostock Ewing