Julie Brown was introduced to wine by her legendary Washington winemaking uncle, Ron Bunnell. The Los Angeles native came to Washington with an interest in immersing herself in all facets of the wine industry.
Starting in 2010, she worked for The Bunnell Family Cellar in Prosser, acting as a virtual Swiss army knife in a host of roles: wine club manager, marketing representative, events person, and Woodinville tasting room manager, and assistant winemaker. She also served customers at the Bunnells’ popular Prosser restaurant, Wine O'Clock, gaining a greater appreciation for the pairing of food and wine.
While concurrently studying at Yakima Valley Community College for Enology, she worked at Columbia Crest for the 2012 harvest, later joining Willow Crest in January 2013 at its enologist. She was promoted to assistant winemaker in Dec. 2013. Julie has been based in Prosser at the Willow Crest Winery facility. She has served as part of the team that greatly expanded the winery’s capacity in 2014, transitioning it from an aromatic white wine-dominant facility to a versatile red and white production house. She has worked alongside winemaker Jon Zimmerman on Waitsburg Cellars, Apex Cellars, the estate-grown wines of Willow Crest and she leads winemaking for Bloom Vineyards. She is proud to be among Washington State’s esteemed women winemakers.
When Julie’s not in the winery, you’ll find her painting (sometimes even leading classes at the Willow Crest tasting room just for fun), drawing, cooking and visiting California when possible. She’s also been known to dramatically change her hair color and style as often as the vines change seasons.