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!
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.
Tasting Room Associate
Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Kimmy shares a love for the beauty and grandeur of Sonoma County. After graduating with her BA in Journalism and Communications, she took her first opportunity for adventure by moving to Dubai, UAE. Living abroad for the past 7 years and traveling to over 60 different countries as an Emirates flight attendant, she’s believes there is no place like home. She loves meeting new people, swapping stories of adventure and of course enjoying wine (especially CAST Wines). She views wine and food as one of the great arts of humanity. Creating and maintaining relationships over food and wine is a strong bond. When Kimmy is not working, she is creating in her studio (aka the garage) with multiple mediums of art, gardening, cooking, writing and dancing around with her husband. Come visit and share stories with her.
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.