Kim says it feels "weird" to say she is a winemaker.
Kimberlee Nicholls is the winemaker at Markham Vineyards, a venerable Napa institution. At Markham Winery, Kim runs a cellar crew that consists primarily of two families, both of which have been with the winery for generations. Rounding out the team, Kim works closely with her boss and Markham President, Bryan Del Bondio, who cut his teeth alongside the valley's trailblazers in the 1970s, and has seen and played an integral part in the rise of Napa Valley to the upper echelons of the wine world.
After graduating with a degree in Biology from Willamette University, Kim moved from the small coastal town of Long Beach, Washington, to California. Her desire to use her biology degree led to the position of laboratory technician at Napa Valley's Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in 1989.
In 1993, Kim came to Markham Vineyards as enologist to establish an extensive laboratory program. After four years of hands-on experience in the vineyards and in the winery, she was promoted to associate winemaker in 1997.
Kim's passion for all facets of the industry, from grape growing to wine blending to lab work, coupled with 12 years of experience at California wineries, led to her appointment as winemaker at Markham Vineyards in November 2001.