Tim Martin was bitten by his love for the finer things in life at the tender age of eleven when he started working for his Italian grandfather in his Italian restaurant. That early passion led to more than twenty incredible years in the restaurant and luxury hotel business.
This passion took him around the country until he found himself in Napa Valley, working with one of the matriarchs of the Napa Valley, Robin Lail and her new wine project, Lail Vineyards. After helping establish and run the Lail Vineyards for 11 years, Tim launched his own branding/marketing firm, Gauge in 2004, which focuses on branding, business development, marketing strategies for leading companies including Tusk Estates, On Q Wines, Corlis Estates, Somersault Snack Co, Blue Ocean, Casa Piena, Melka Wines, Flanagan Vineyards, Lail Vineyards, Frias Family, Lail Design Group, and Cultivate System just to name a few.
Sommelier Augie Kersting, draws on his wine education, world travels, and Napa Valley upbringing to provide a unique perspective to those fortunate enough to interact with him. Education was a very important factor in Augie’s Napa Valley childhood with his family being affiliated with different aspects of scholastics.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2007 from the University of Dallas where he was a three year letter winner in baseball. After graduation, he moved home to Napa Valley and began to work in the local wine and restaurant industry. Augie gained further wine knowledge and experience at the Michelin rated Étoile restaurant at Domaine Chandon in Yountville.
Through this time, he made various trips to Europe where he studied local viticulture and wine. Augie is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and will be taking his Level Three Advanced Sommelier exam in the near future. Augie’s lifelong enthusiasm to learn and passion to share his knowledge is his hallmark.
Augie made significant impact in his four years at Meadowood where he was the resident Sommelier and educator at their Wine Experiences Program. We are very fortunate to have Augie with us on Team On Q.
In 2017 in response to increased demand from clients and buyers, Jacquelyn Hartman joined Carbon as a partner in order to allow Carbon to continue to fulfill its mission statement as the carbon copy of clients we represent.
As a partner in Carbon, Jacquelyn brings a decade of experience in the wine business including Advance WSET certification and certification with the International Guild of Sommeliers. She also brings an innate sense of the wine business and most especially hospitality in its purest form. Her ability to connect with guest and client makes her one of the most sought after industry professionals in the Valley.