Ownership

Jerry Burd - Owner

Jerry grew up on a farm, learning the importance of hard work at a young age. After his business career, he spent time visiting wineries in the Pacific Northwest, and apprenticed at one in Oregon. Jerry and his wife, Lynda, bought Black Mesa Winery in 2000, bringing Jerry full circle. He was the winemaker in the early years, and set the standards high for New Mexico wine. Now, on any given day, he can be seen thoroughly checking his vineyards, collaborating with his staff, sampling what's in the barrel, and giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to crazy-flavored hard apple cider concoctions. 

Lynda Burd - Owner

Lynda was born and raised in Denver, CO, She studied Watercolor and Graphic Arts at Rocky Mountain School of Art, San Francisco Academy of Art College, and Yavapai Community College in Arizona. Lynda designs all of the labels for the Black Mesa Wines and some of her art hangs on the walls in the tasting room.

Lynda and Jerry love cats as evidenced by some of the woodwork in and outside of the tasting room. They have had as many as 14 cats, but the current count is 9. They also have 2 dogs Boo and Spirit.

Winemaking Team

Craig Dunn - Winemaker

 

Before becoming a member of the BMW wine-making team, Craig spent over two decades at the Taos Inn helping to run a 'Wine Spectator Award-Winning' wine list. During his time at the Taos Inn he also became a sommelier.  

 

About 10 years ago he joined the BMW wine-making ream, and has not looked back.

 

"After tasting Black Mesa Winery wines, I realized that these are not just very good wines for New Mexico, they are very good wines, period.  I am glad to have the opportunity to influence what foes into the bottle."

Curt Chesney - Assistant Winemaker 

Curt joined the Black Mesa Winery winemaking team as Assistant Winemaker in 2019, but his interest for wine and the fermentation process started long before that.  

With a passion for the art of crafting wine, he started making homemade wine in 2006.  The love of the fermentation process led Curtis to also make delicious mead, cider, beer, sauerkraut and various home canned goods from his own kitchen.  The mad-scientist-like obsession he developed led him to start gardening as well.  Since 2012 he sells his goods at locals farmers markets and his goal is to teach and inspire others to grow their own food and use ancient methods to preserve them.

Tasting Room Staff

Krystal Salazar - Tasting Room 

While Krystal started working at Black Mesa Winery in the summer of 2020, she's been an avid fan and wine club member and friends of Jerry's since 2014!

 

Krystal is one of only 3 other New Mexico natives that is a part of our team.  When she isn't carving her niche in the tasting room and learning about wine, she is playing the drums, listening to Bruce Springsteen or playing with her lovely kitty! 

Marketing

Katherine Lautenbach - Marketing

Katherine left Green Bay, Wisconsin in 2007 to work in the wine industry in Napa, California. 

 

In August 2007 she started working in Napa as a tasting room associate and special events manager.  When the stock market crash happened in 2008, tourism and corporate events tanked, so she was tasked with diversifying the business by marketing their wine via social media, phone and email campaigns. The impromptu program proved successful, so they created a department for digital marketing. Katherine worked in this capacity over 10 years for 3 other wine companies.  

 

In March of 2020 she moved to New Mexico.  Faced with another challenging time, Jerry saw the potential in boosting his online business during Covid so he brought Katherine on board in April.

In her free time she enjoys, skiing, playing her saxophone, and yoga.

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1502  HWY 68 Velarde, NM 87582