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Our Team

Mark Bright Partner / Winemaker

Born in Chicago, Mark Bright has been passionate about wine since he went to Europe at the age of 15. He joined the Bellagio team on his 21st birthday working at Aqua Restaurant. His first travels took him to the regions of Burgundy and Rhone Valley, where he found his inspiration in the wine world and has kept that focus and advocacy throughout his career.

In 2005, Mark was honored as one of the "Best New Sommeliers' by Wine and Spirits and was featured in Wine Spectator as a "New Wine Turk" in 2006. Mark was the opening sommelier for the flagship programs at the Mina restaurants.

In 2009, Mark and his partner opened Saison in San Francisco. Saison has been a "Grand Award" recipient from Wine Spectator in 2014 - 2019, and one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The team just opened their first casual restaurant Angler in San Francisco in September 2018 and in Los Angeles in June 2019.

Mark is a passionate advocate of winemaking and vineyards in Santa Cruz. It was the diverse soil types and ocean influenced climate that he finds most interesting and drove him to the region. He also produces wines from the Gabilan Mountains, which holds their own unique qualities. The Saison wines are focused on single vineyard expressions and smaller production to extract the purest and highest quality of the harvest.


Mark Bright

Mark Bright
Founder / Wine Director

Best New Sommelier, Wine & Spirit 2005
40 under 40, Wine Enthusiastic 2020

Randy Chang

Randy Chang
Founder / COO

A true wine connoisseur, Randy is bringing in his business operations experiences to Saison Winery.

Yolanda Vilén

Yolanda Vilén
Director of Events

Bringing great energy and passion to the winery team, Yolanda is your source for our Zoom programs.

Tiffany Yen

Tiffany Yen
Director of Media

Covering all forms of media and outreach, Tiffany tells the Saison Winery story to the world.