Director of Winemaking
Josh’s love of wine led him first into a career as a sommelier, culminating in a 2004 Wine Spectator Grand Award for the wine list at Sona Restaurant in Los Angeles. After working closely with some of the Central Coast’s trailblazing winemakers, including Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, Josh founded the critically acclaimed Timbre Wines in Santa Barbara County. Crafting modern wines in a variety of styles, Josh is constantly honing his winemaking technique. He brings this passion and drive to producing wines from the quality, estate grown fruit of Brave & Maiden.
Victor cut his teeth at wineries in the renowned wine-producing regions of Côtes de Provence and Bandol in France. He made the move to California in 2019 when he joined the Brave & Maiden team. His meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality viticulture and winemaking quickly led to his becoming our Associate Winemaker where he oversees daily operations in the winery and our 45 acre vineyard. At Brave & Maiden, Victor’s found a place to express his winemaking style influenced by his Mediterranean roots and a focus on the production of luxury wines.
Lesley Ann Couture
Lesley brings a wealth of wine hospitality and tasting room management experience to her role as Brave & Maiden’s Estate Director, having worked for both large and small-scale wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley—most recently as the Senior Retail and Events Manager at Sanford Winery. Her passion for the wine industry is matched by her well-rounded skill set and penchant for establishing strong relationships with colleagues, vendors and visitors. She continually raises the bar to deliver exceptional experiences for anyone who visits us.
Jason, a partner of Brave & Maiden Estate, leads the team. A former White House aide, documentary filmmaker, and current Googler, he comes from a diverse background that allows him to bring a fresh perspective to the business. His penchant for good design, vision of wine hospitality, and commitment to quality sets the course for Brave & Maiden.