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!
Assistant Hospitality Manager
Laura has been fortunate enough to have grown up in our beautiful wine country and fall in love with its picturesque surroundings. She worked at Starbucks for almost 14 years and has a love for working and building relationships with people. After getting her degree in Media and Mass Communications from Arizona State University, she realized that she wanted to combine her passion for hospitality, wine, and marketing. In 2018 she worked in marketing for an online wine company in Sonoma and was thankful that it eventually led her to Cast. You might see her hiking around Sonoma County with her fur child (2 year German Shepherd, named Brock), managing the tasting room, or out and about in wine country connecting with neighboring wineries. Come visit Cast and she’ll be very excited to host you!
Brand and Marketing Lead
Deborah Harkins has 16 years invested in the marketing/creative space. She has held various design, creative, art, brand, and management positions with companies such as eBay, The Men’s Wearhouse, Mezzetta Foods, and Shutterfly. Prior to entering this field, she worked in anthropological and archaeological research.
In November, 2020 she joined Cast Wines, where she now holds the position of Brand & Marketing Lead, overseeing creative work for new customer acquisitions, retention and brand strategy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology from the University of California with an AA in Graphic design and Illustration for the Natural Sciences. Deborah resides in northern California and loves a whole cluster pinot noir.
Amanda was born in Columbus, Ohio. She promptly moved to San Diego when she was 2 years old and spent her childhood in one of the best places to live.
She decided to move to Sonoma County to pursue her education at Sonoma State University. This is when Amanda fell in love with wine. She studied psychology and in her spare time learned and tasted through the beautiful wine regions we have at our fingertips.
Having worked in hospitality for many years, Amanda decided to combine two things she loves; people and wine! She got her first tasting room job in 2012 and it has taken off from there.
Amanda came to Cast in 2014 with hopes of a full time wine position and it happened! Now as a wife and mother, she is happy to still be a part of the team on the weekends and still sharing her love of wine.
Romana grew up on Dry Creek Road, on a grape and prune ranch. Her whole family migrated to California from Italy in 1958. They came from Le Marche region of Italy after World War II. They weren’t farmers in Italy, but coming here and living on the ranch, her Dad made sure that they all took part in the work that prunes and grapes require. There were five kids, of varying ages, so there was always work. Romana’s family picked prunes and grapes, hoed, suckered, and moved water pipes for irrigation.
They worked right along with the few field hands Her Dad could afford to hire. During harvest, they would have five to ten more men and women helping us with the harvest. You could always find her eating lunch with the workers – she found their lunch much more interesting than hers. 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. Romana’s Mom and Dad would have to come find her, as she hid with them. Coming from another country, she thought she wasn’t legal either.
Romana married her high school boyfriend, Larry, and they raised three boys and have lived in Geyserville since 1975. In 1993 she met Justin Meyer, owner of Silver Oak Cellars. He offered her a job and felt blessed to work for him and the Duncan family until 2019. About six years ago, she was blessed again to Meet Jack and Ann Seifrick, owners of Cast Winery. Romana started working part time in the Cast tasting room on March 1, 2019. She loves the wine industry and thoroughly enjoys working with guests. She loves to share her wine experiences with everyone and hope to continue in the Cast 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.