A native born Californian, John graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a degree in Chemistry. After graduating, John took extensive viticulture and enology courses at UC Davis. John started making wine in 2005 and is currently the Winemaking Manager for Bronco Winery.
John is an avid hiker, enjoys camping, fishing, an array of sports, gardening, and listening to music. One of John’s favorite pastimes is to get in his car and drive in any direction to discover what lies beyond that next bend. Last, but not least, for this award winning winemaker, he loves wine judging and tasting.
Crafting and blending wines from throughout California, John targets distinct flavors that everyone will enjoy. “I want to create wines that the novice and the seasoned wine consumer will enjoy. Wines should be complex as well as intense but have a certain softness that invites another taste.”
“Classic, bold, and dependable are characteristics that I search for when blending each Red Truck Wine. I feel it reflects the Dennis Ziemienski painting.”
Dennis is a native San Franciscan, graduated cum laude from the California College of Arts and Crafts. An internationally known illustrator and designer for 30 years and a member of New York Society of Illustrators, his paintings have been in various one-man and group exhibitions and have won numerous awards.
Dennis is known internationally for his work with Time-Life, Levi-Straus, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. His paintings are featured on many well-known book covers including Tales of the City by Armisted Maupin and several covers for authors James Lee Burke and Elmore Leonard. His compelling poster images include Super Bowl XXIX, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival, and the California Bear Flag Sesquicentennial. In 2006, Ziemienski was selected as the Official Artist of the Kentucky Derby. His painting, Out in Front, featured a thoroughbred and jockey with the winning number 8.
His strong and richly colored images borrow much of their inspiration from early 20th century paintings and posters.
Dennis has taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He has had studios in California and New York. Traveling to Europe frequently, Dennis has acquired an affinity for the architecture, lifestyle and light of the Mediterranean.
Currently, Dennis is working on gallery shows, commissioned paintings and murals.