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A family poses in front of grape vines.
Tamber Bey proprietors Jennifer, Barry and Kendra Waitte

Barry Waitte

Northern California native Barry Waitte developed his love for Napa Valley during annual summer visits with his parents. Waitte is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He earned his MBA from the University of California—Berkeley and completed continued-education studies in viticulture and enology at University of California—Davis. Waitte currently serves as President of the Oakville Winegrowers Association.

Jennifer Waitte

Jennifer Waitte is Director of Marketing for Tamber Bey Vineyards. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Jennifer’s early career was as a writer, editor and publisher. She is also an accomplished horse trainer and long-distance competitor. Although she is involved in all aspects of the business, she focuses her efforts on marketing the Tamber Bey brand and growing the company's direct-to-consumer business.

Kendra Waitte

Kendra Waitte is the EQQWine Club Manager for Tamber Bey. Prior to joining the family business, Kendra Waitte worked at XL Construction, a prominent commercial general contractor, as a Senior Project Administrator working on projects for Google, Ford Motors and Genentech. Kendra is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, from which she received her Bachelor of Science and Communications. Having grown up in the wine industry Kendra developed a passion for wine at an early age.

Winemaker Derek Flegal
Winemaker Derek Flegal

Derek Flegal

Calistoga native Derek Flegal was named winemaker for Tamber Bey Vineyards in June, 2020 after two years in the assistant winemaker position. He began down his path toward a career in winemaking after working back-to-back harvests in St. Helena and Mendoza, Argentina in 2011 and 2012, respectively. With two harvests under his belt, he decided to further his education by studying Enology at Fresno State University. Upon completion in 2014, he took a cellar worker position at Outpost Wines, where he began his working relationship with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. From there, he spent three years at Jericho Canyon Vineyard, where he honed his cellar and laboratory skills and worked his way up to Assistant Winemaker.  While there, he gained valuable experience by working alongside such renowned winemakers as Michel Rolland, Aaron Pott and Heidi Barrett. Flegal lived in Spain for 4 years and Argentina for a year, where he developed a love for travel, culture, and the great wines of the world.

Director of Hospitality Morgan Craft
Director of Hospitality Morgan Craft

Morgan Craft

California native Morgan Craft brings the experience of a long career in both hotel and restaurant hospitality and the wine industry to Tamber Bey. On the restaurant front, he has worked as a general manager and restaurant owner in Miami Beach and was wine director of the notable Napa restaurant, Cuvee. As a consultant, he opened six restaurants around the country, specializing in wine list and beverage program development. In hotels, he was a food and beverage director and executive team member for the reopening of two Palm Springs resorts. In 2013, Morgan moved full-time into the wine industry, launching a wine brokerage business, CRAFT Wines, which represented small production Napa labels across California. He has worked as part of the DTC operations at Cliff Lede Vineyards and at the Corley family’s Monticello Vineyards, where he led reserve tastings, executed events, and conducted estate tours. In 2014, he was recruited as the wine director of the Telluride Food & Wine Festival, where he focused on recruiting small California wineries (including Tamber Bey) to the festival. Morgan spent the 2015 harvest as an apprentice winemaker at a small winery in Humboldt County, California, and has worked for the last four years in Sedona, Arizona, managing the tasting room and events for a family-owned winery there. Returning to the Napa Valley is the culmination of a diverse education and career in wine and hospitality.