Meet the Team

Maia Talmor

Tasting Room Lead

Maia Talmor at our Sebastopol tasting room

What’s your favorite quote?

“A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child

What achievement do you consider your crowning glory?

It’s hard to choose between making the perfect French macaron or moving to California by myself. The macarons are so temperamental and took many batches to get right. It felt so good when they finally came out perfectly. And obviously moving cross-country without any friends or family at the final destination was a lot. The trip itself was so fun and I got to see some really awesome places along the way. Living in a new, very different place has been exciting and a journey to say the least.

What’s your favorite color?

Any variation of blue, gray, or black. Red was my color when I was younger, but I’ve mellowed out.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A lawyer. I was on the Mock Trial team in middle school as well as in a noncompetitive debate club in high school. That helped me come to the conclusion that I’m too nice to be a lawyer.

If you were a superhero, what power(s) would you have?

Teleportation would be great. Not spend hundreds of dollars and uncomfortable hours on planes to get from place to place? Yes please.

What are you doing to make the world a better place?

I give people wine. I also encourage people to be their weird selves.


Maia Talmor, Tasting Room LeadMaia Talmor’s love for hospitality started at a young age while growing up in Connecticut. When tall enough to reach the counters, she helped her mother in the kitchen, preparing for the large dinners her family often hosted.

Later, upon graduating from Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration, she worked in both large and small restaurants in the Boston area. Her first glimpse into the wonderful world of wine came at Del Frisco’s and continued while working under Master Sommelier, Brahm Callahan, at the Himmel Hospitality Group.

In 2018, Maia decided it was time for a change. While on a short visit to Napa and Sonoma to do research before moving cross-country to pursue a career in the wine industry, she fell in love with Emeritus wines. Thanks to her experience managing busy restaurants she was a perfect fit for Tasting Room Lead. Now she’s happily settled into West Coast life and our tasting room, where she loves meeting club members and first-time guests alike.

When not in the tasting room, Maia enjoys visiting other wineries, traveling, cheering on the New York Rangers when they’re in town playing the Sharks, cooking, and baking.