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Sean Minor

Sean Minor

Established 2005

We founded Four Bears Winery and Sean Minor Wines in 2005 for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we wanted to make delicious, quality wines that continually exceed your expectations. 


We are all about family and we named our business for our four children: Nick, Elle, Jack and Charlie. Starting our own winery is both a professional and personal dream. Not long after Nicole and I were married, we discovered our second largest monthly expense was wine. We enjoy wine every day with dinner, when friends and family come to visit, during celebrations. . . actually, I can’t think of times we don’t enjoy wine.


After a number of years in the industry, I knew there had to be a better and more affordable way to produce great wines without severe consequences on the pocket book. We started Four Bears Winery and began producing wines from premier appellations throughout California. With the help of a family friend and colleague, Will Bucklin, our initial production featured a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast Chardonnay, and Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc. Since then we have expanded our portfolio of wines which include a Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Merlot, Carneros Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Red Blend, Central Coast Pinot Noir and Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.

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About The Winemaker

Let me introduce you to our friend and wine consultant Will Bucklin. Will and I first met while working side-by-side at King Estate Winery, Oregon’s largest and renowned national producer of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Will led the winemaking efforts and I led the operations as General Manager, and during this time our friendship developed. 

With over 20 years in winemaking experience, Will joined me in my winemaking efforts at Sean Minor Wines as Consulting Winemaker. He is generous with his time as he also runs his own family winery. Together, we collaborate on the selection and blending of all the wines. 
My winemaking philosophy is to offer wines that exude quality and truly represent the appellation, from which they’re produced, yet are affordable for everyday enjoyment. Will’s experience and expertise complements our philosophy perfectly. 
Will is a graduate of UC Davis' prestigious enology program and started his career with an internship at the historic and world-renowned Chateau Lafitte Rothschild. A stint with Thomas Hardy in Australia, and Navarro Vineyards in Mendocino, preceded his move to Oregon and King Estate. In 2000, Will moved to his family vineyard in Sonoma Valley where he launched his family's winery. 
We feel fortunate to have such a gifted winemaker and friend assisting our family operation.