Don't miss this opportunity to relish in the best that the wine and culinary worlds have to offer with our first delectable winemaker dinner at Blackbird. Sip on world-class wines from Chalone Vineyards while you mingle with Winemaker Greg Freeman, and enjoy an exquisite dinner from Executive Chef Travis Watson. The evening begins with a meet & greet reception on the patio, followed by a four course dinner in Blackbird. Each course is carefully curated by Chef Travis to perfectly pair with these superb wines.
Native Texan Greg Freeman's expansive background combines long-standing interests in art and science with twenty years of Monterey County winemaking. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Chemistry from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Greg moved to Crested Butte, Colorado. It was here that his earliest interest in wine emerged as he worked as a backcountry snowmobile guide by day and chef by night. Increasingly fascinated by the combination of science and art, Freeman’s official wine career began with the opportunity from Hahn to improve the winery’s lab capabilities in 2003. Greg quickly progressed to Winemaker where he was involved with multiple brands, including: Hahn Winery, Hahn SLH, Lucienne, Smith & Hook, Boneshaker, Cycles Gladiator, Rex Goliath, and Huntington. Freeman credits his development as a winemaker to working closely with Nicholas Hahn and Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking at Hahn. Since 2017, Greg has held positions as Winemaker for Georis/Cowgirl Winery in Carmel Valley, California and Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, Texas. He joined Chalone Vineyard in 2021, bringing two decades of Monterey winemaking to bear as he writes the latest chapter in the winery’s storied history.