Chik Brenneman, winemaker for Baker Family Wines, believes that if you aren’t going to make good wine, why bother? Along with creating Baker Family Wines, Chik is the Department of Viticulture and Enology Winemaker at UC Davis. The school is widely known for driving innovation in grape growing and winemaking in California, as well as producing some of the best winemakers in the world. As an instructor at UC Davis, Chik leads student trips to the winemaking regions of France. He loves listening to winery owners’ passionate stories about how their wineries have been handed down for generations and their love for winemaking.

At Baker Family Wines, Chik ensures that every handcrafted wine we make is of the highest quality and will absolutely delight our customers. Chik is an enthusiastic home winemaker as well. In any given harvest, he makes wines from over 50 different varietals.

Chik joined the staff of UC Davis in 2006 to help design and oversee the building of the new Teaching and Research Winery at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he worked as the Production Lab Manager for Woodbridge Winery. He has worked as cellar master for both Amador Foothill Winery and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. Chik received his Master’s Degree from the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis in 1998.

Chik Brenneman is a guest columnist for We invite you to check out a few of his articles below.

Recap of the Q&A with “Varietal Focus”

Chardonnay: Varietal Focus

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