Jennifer Locke - Chief Executive Officer
With extensive global experience in the fine wine sector, Jen joined Crimson Wine Group as its Chief Executive Officer in December 2019. She brings to the company inspirational leadership skills and an industrywide reputation for delivering results and leading high-performing teams in a collaborative and innovative style. Prior to joining Crimson, Jen was Senior Vice President of U.S. Luxury and Direct-to-Consumer Sales, Americas, at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), a publicly traded global wine company, based in Melbourne, Australia. A Northwest native, Jen previously was Director of National Wholesale, Export and Direct-to-Consumer Sales at Willakenzie Estate and was Pacific Senior Regional Sales Manager at Chalone Wine Group. She began her hospitality industry career more than 20 years ago as a wine buyer and training manager at several fine-dining restaurants in Seattle.
Nicolas Quille MW - Chief Winemaking & Operations Officer
Nicolas Quille was most recently General Manager and Head Winemaker of Banfi Vintners’ boutique portfolio of wineries in the Northwest U.S. He spent the last 26 years in a variety of winegrowing positions in both France and the United States. In addition to his role with Banfi, his U.S. experience includes winegrowing and management positions with Pacific Rim and Bonny Doon. Prior to moving to the United States, Nicolas worked in Burgundy (Antonin Rodet and Domaine Prieur), Provence (Domaine de la Courtade), Champagne (Laurent Perrier) and Portugal (Taylor’s Port). He holds a master’s degree in Enology from the University of Dijon, Burgundy, a master’s degree in Sparkling Winery Management from the University of Reims, Champagne, an MBA from the University of Washington and is a member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine.
Karen Diepholz - Chief Financial Officer
With a background in consumer products, technology and most recently the wine industry, Karen brings a distinct skill set to Crimson. Karen, who joined Crimson Wine Group in June 2018, oversees all financial and business service functions, ensuring the highest level of quality to support Crimson’s mission of crafting benchmark wines and creating uniquely wonderful wine experiences. Karen came to Crimson from Vintage Wine Estates (VWE), where she was the Chief Financial Officer, overseeing Finance & Accounting, IT, Procurement and Human Resources. Prior to VWE, Karen was the Chief Financial Officer of Equinox Payments, a payment technology company and the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for Hypercom Corporation, a global payment technology company. Karen holds a bachelors degree in Finance from Eastern Illinois University, a MBA from Arizona State University and obtained her CPA Certificate in Arizona.
Craig Williams - Consulting Winegrower
Craig Williams joined Crimson in this role after serving as a member of the company’s board of directors since March 2013. He brings 40 years of experience in the California wine business, including 32 years at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, leaving in 2008 in the position of Senior Vice President of Winegrowing. Under his direction, Joseph Phelps Vineyards earned three 100-point scores from Robert Parker, three Top 10 placements in Wine Spectator’s Top 100, and the coveted Wine of the Year Award from Wine Spectator in 2005 for the 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia. Williams is also the owner of an eponymous Napa Valley-based winemaking and viticulture consulting firm, Craig Williams Wine Company. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, he holds a bachelor's degree in fermentation science.