About Us | Gold Bar® Whiskey | Award Winning Whiskey

Master Blender

A second generation winemaker from Napa Valley, Montgomery Paulsen was born in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

Monty graduated from the prestigious University of California Davis School of Winemaking, with a Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science. He has spent 25 years winemaking, and managing operations at top wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties including Rosenblum Cellars, Winery Exchange and C. Mondavi & Sons.

Monte’s passion for spirits & wine began in the early 1970s at his family’s Pat Paulsen Vineyard in Sonoma, where he was active in all areas of his family’s business.

Simon Pesch
Head of Production & Quality

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Simon began his career in wine and spirits at Rosenblum Cellars producing grappas and fruit brandies in Holstein pot stills in partnership with St. George Spirits on Alameda island.

Simon continued winemaking, specializing in cellar operations and laboratory analysis, until he identified a burgeoning trend in the mid-90s in craft brewing. After moving on from wine and spirits, Simon led operations and quality management programs at Pyramid Breweries and Hong Kong Beer Company in California and Asia for over 22 years.

Simon was the recipient of the prestigious Midsize Craft Brewer of the Year from the USA Brewer’s Association in 2008.

Simon now applies this experience to every bottle of Gold Bar, leading the distillery operations and promoting excellence.

About Us

We are located in the historic city of San Francisco in the Golden State of California and conveniently located an hour drive south from the idyllic Napa Valley, the heart of California’s wine country.

Our barrel rickhouse sits beneath rustic Californian Redwood beams where our whiskey is finished and double matured in used wine barrels chosen from select wineries in the Napa Valley.

Following wine barrel finishing, the whiskies are married in one of our vintage 1,300 gallon French oak vatting tanks, which are used for resting and consistency before final tasting and bottling.

Our oak marrying vats have been used for over three decades to age premium Californian wines, imparting an extra touch of California into the whiskies.


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