General Manager and Partner
In case you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him at the winery, meet Duff Hufford! He is CAST’s charismatic and charming General Manager and leader of day to day operations.
Since starting at CAST and joining the CAST wine family, Duff has started his own family as well. He married his sweetheart, Lisa, in August of last year and their first little girl, Hollie, was born on April 7th!
Before starting his life here with all of us, Duff lived and worked throughout the United States and its territories developing his great love of people. From Denver to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Kauai, Mackinac Island, and his hometown of St. Louis, Duff continued developing his love of connecting with people, and that is his favorite thing about this industry; he loves making people happy and entertaining them!
Let’s all raise a glass to Duff and to the family he has created here at CAST!
Wine Club Manager
Cat grew up in the Bay Area but her heart has landed here in Wine Country. She comes to us from a varied background in hospitality, Natural Resources and Early Childhood Education. It is through her husband that she fell in love with the Wine Industry. This industry combines many of her passions from past careers. As a waitress, she loved to develop long lasting connections with her customers which is what she loves about being a Wine Club Manager! When she worked for the National Park Service, she enjoyed developing and giving interpretation talks and walks and developing the artwork and programs behind the scenes. Today she tells the story to our club members of the wines, the vineyards, and the people who have a hand in each step of this craft. She also feels like her work as a preschool teacher prepared her for some situations which can arise in a tasting room. (wink wink)
All of these different roads lead her to meet her husband who had been working in the wine industry and introduced her to this world that she fell in love with. Now, she has been in the wine industry for 7 years and loves how it weaves together agriculture, hospitality, education and production. She has developed this intense love for creating meals with pairings and finding the wines and recipes that sing together.
Today, besides her work in the wine industry, she raises British Guernsey Goats with her daughter and husband and also handcrafts goat’s milk soap for their small business, Basil & Birch Soap Co. from this heritage breed’s milk.
DTC Marketing Manager
Her passion within the wine industry began in 2011 and grew greatly throughout the years as she learned more about wine and its history. She began her journey in Dry Creek Valley at Ridge Vineyards and learned about field blends, Old Vine Zinfandel and much more. Finding her experience with wine intriguing and boundless, she decided to change her major from business to wine business. In 2012, she began an internship with Stryker Sonoma Winery in Alexander Valley as a Tasting Room Associate. Her knowledge expanded quickly throughout the next couple of years, and so did her desire for being within the wine industry.
After 8 years in the wine industry and more experience under her belt, she was excited to begin a new endeavor with CAST wines and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys the challenge that it presents, as well as the creativity it allows her to use. Most importantly, she enjoys working with her CAST wine family.
In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors, spending time with her family, trying new recipes and the occasional Paint Nite!
I was born in Columbus, Ohio. We promptly moved to San Diego when I was 2 years old and I spent my childhood in one of the best places to live.
I decided to move to Sonoma County to pursue my education at Sonoma State University. This is when I fell in love with wine. I studied psychology and in my spare time learned and tasted through the beautiful wine regions we have at our fingertips.
Having worked in hospitality for many years, I decided to combine two things I love. People and wine! I got my first tasting room job in 2012 and it has taken off from there.
I came to Cast in 2014 with hopes of a full time wine position and it happened! Now as a wife and mother, I am happy to still be a part of the team on the weekends and still sharing my love of wine.
I grew up on Dry Creek Road, on a grape and prune ranch. My whole family migrated to California from Italy in 1958. We came from Le Marche region of Italy after World War II. We weren’t farmers in Italy, but coming here and living on the ranch, Dad made sure that we all took part in the work that prunes and grapes require. There were five kids, of varying ages, so there was always work for us. We picked prunes and grapes, hoed, suckered, and moved water pipes for irrigation.
We worked right along with the few field hands Dad could afford to hire. During harvest, we would have five to ten more men and women helping us with the harvest. You could always find me eating lunch with the workers – I found their lunch much more interesting than mine. During the 1960’s, the Border Patrol would come into the valley during harvest in helicopters. When the workers heard the helicopter, they would run and hide in the river bed. Mom and Dad would have to come find me, as I hid with them. Coming from another country, I thought I wasn’t legal either.
I married my high school boyfriend, Larry, and we raised three boys and have lived in Geyserville since 1975. In 1993 I met Justin Meyer, owner of Silver Oak Cellars. He offered me a job and I was blessed to work for him and the Duncan family until 2019. About six years ago, I was blessed again to Meet Jack and Ann Seifrick, owners of Cast Winery. I started working part time in the Cast tasting room on March 1, 2019. I love the wine industry and thoroughly enjoy working with our customers. I love to share my wine experiences with everyone and hope to continue in our tasting room for many more years. Ciao.
Duke The Winery Dog
Duke, the Polish hound officially arrived at Cast Wines to fulfill his dream of becoming a winery dog in August of 2019 and hasn’t looked back since. From guiding guests on tours to walking the grounds and saying hello to guests in our Tasting Room, he takes his work very seriously. He does also make sure to take breaks for belly rubs or a nice ear scratch throughout the day.
Be sure to say hello to Duke should you run into him on the CAST Estate and he will be sure to greet you with plenty of enthusiasm.