Laffort USA Team Biographies


A team of professionals at the service of the US wine industry

Laffort USA’s main office and warehouse is located in Petaluma, CA, with a satellite warehouse in Aldie, VA, and two retail outlets: St Helena and Paso Robles.

Petaluma warehouse

1460 Cader Lane, Suite C
Petaluma, CA 94954
P: (707) 775-4530
Open Monday-Friday
8:30AM to 5:00PM

St Helena store

385 La Fata Street, Unit A
St Helena, CA 94574
P: (707) 967-8290
Open Monday-Friday
8:30AM to 12:30PM

Paso Robles store

825 Riverside Ave, Suite 3A
Paso Robles, CA 93446
P: (805) 226 5809
Open Monday-Friday
8:30AM to 12:30PM



Central Valley and Sierra Foothills

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Shaun entered early into a life of wine. Studying at the renowned Roseworthy Agricultural College in Australia developed his passion, leading to graduation as Dux of the Oenology class. A harvest in California in 1997 led to over a decade leading the winemaking, vineyard and facility departments at Clos Pegase Winery in the Napa Valley. He then completed the Sonoma State University MBA in Wine Business while also dividing his time between consulting projects for winemaking and winery equipment before joining Laffort USA full time in 2014.

Cell: (707) 364-8944

Jillian Johnson DELEON



Napa and Lake County

Jillian has a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and has been actively working as a winemaker since 2000 in South Africa, Australia and in California’s Central Coast. Jillian joined the team in 2010 and has her own wine brand; both keep her well connected to all the issues of each vintage. She loves to hear from winemakers and thrives off of brainstorming sessions for new and unique protocols.

Cell: (707) 364-0894



North America

Jon also holds a WSET Diploma and a B.S. in Accounting.  After pursuing a career in music, Jon entered the wine industry and the “school of broom pushing” in 2009 to learn under UC Davis Alumni in the Livermore Valley.  In 2015, he moved to Napa Valley for a winemaking position that introduced him to a community that opened him to opportunities to work with consultants, writers, WSET instructors, and the ability to trial new wine technology.  Jon joined LAFFORT® in 2020 and brings his experience of inventive solutions for both large and small wineries and a focus on increasing quality at price points of all levels.

Cell: (707) 494 0512



Central Coast

Marcy has a Degree in Chemistry and Medical Technology and worked in Immunology Research for 12 years before discovering wine while working for the UC Davis School of Medicine. She took some classes in Enology and discovered the science of wine and was captivated enough to change careers. Marcy joined Laffort in 2015 after working in wine production for 10 vintages in Sonoma and Napa with a range of small wineries including Paul Hobbs, Pellegrini and Provenance. Moving to California’s Central Valley, she managed the Cabernet Sauvignon program at E&J Gallo Winery in Livingston. She has also traveled extensively in other wine regions in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, and New Zealand. Marcy brings with her experience in large and small winemaking at different price points and quality tiers. She thrives off helping people solve their immediate wine quality issues and loves to help with trials and tastings to help steer your wine in the direction you envision.

Cell: (805) 234-8446



Sonoma and Mendocino County

A Southern California native, Garett grew up exploring the world with his parents and experiencing the unique cuisines of different continents.  Eventually, this included wines that his dad had been collecting since the 1970s, including some very memorable 1978 BV Georges De Latour.  In college, a chance volunteer stint at an event at Armida Winery in Dry Creek is when the wine bug really sunk its velvety, complex, and alluring teeth into Garett.  After graduating with a Wine Business degree from Sonoma State University and working the business side of wine for 10 years, he realized his true passion lay in creating wines.  In 2012, he moved to Napa, earned a Winemaking degree at Napa Valley College, worked harvests at Hall Wines, Fantesca Estate, and was the Lab Manager at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards for three vintages.  Joining Laffort in 2017, he enjoys collaborating with winemakers all over Napa Valley, Lake County, and now the East Coast to produce world-class wines. In his spare time, Garett enjoys working on his own wine brand, cidermaking, hiking, birding, and raising his amazing cat Asher.

Cell: (707) 782 3909



Pacific Northwest

Kelly is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Viticulture & Enology, and worked vintages in Napa, Sonoma, Clarksburg, and in the winemaking department at Michael Mondavi Family Estate before coming to Laffort. She has traveled around the world, ever in search of great wines, to France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and closer to home in California, Oregon, Washington, and Canada. As a self-confessed Oenophile and wine geek, she will happily chat with you about all aspects of wine from grape to bottle. Kelly is currently working on her own wine brand and loves to share ideas with fellow winemakers. “Each new vintage has its own set of challenges and every wine is different. That is the beauty of this industry, it takes a lot of creativity and planning to get the job done. I always look forward to a gathering of minds and get excited helping clients with their winemaking needs.

Cell: (509) 240 7956



Northeast, Midwest, Mid Atlantic

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Laura is an enthusiastic advocate for East Coast wines. Her interest in food science and fermentation brought her to University of California Davis, where she graduated in 2013 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology and a minor in French Language. Following graduation, Laura spent the 2013 vintage at Domaine de l’Arlot in Premeaux-Prissey, Burgundy, as a laureate of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. From there, Laura continued to harvest-hop globally and domestically, with stints in Tennessee, California, Oregon, New Zealand, Australia, and New York. She ultimately found a home at Benmarl Winery in the Hudson River Region, New York, where she spent seven vintages as one of the winemakers. From hybrids to vinifera, and from entry level wines to ultra-premium brands, she finds something interesting in every wine. Laura excels at making wine knowledge accessible to everyone and is excited to help elevate the reputation of East Coast wines and be a resource for winemakers. When not troubleshooting tricky cellar situations, Laura enjoys hiking, biking, listening to the radio, donating blood, and exploring the Hudson Valley, where she calls home.

Cell: (707) 787 0974