The Oddity Team
Here are the folks who make it all happen! (L-R) Aaron Weiss, Briana Nation, Chell Smart, David Baird.
David Baird is co-owner and manager of the Oddity we call a Wine Collective. He’s an all-around enthusiast of co-operation in the Arizona wine game. Tasting room manager by day, event director by night and family man everywhere in between, he’s dedicated to the advancement & evolution of this wine making (and drinking) community.
Proud to call herself an Arizona native, Bree Nation was born and raised in the Phoenix area, and relocated to the Verde Valley in 2012 to pursue her passion for wine; this passion was developed during her years working in the restaurant scene while getting her degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University. After completing a short, but inspirational internship at a biodynamic vineyard and winery in Mendocino California, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in wine production, dreaming of making her own wine someday. Once back in Arizona, it was only six months until Bree found herself enrolled in the new Viticulture and Oenology degree program at Yavapai College, working in the local wine industry and living in Cottonwood. It was at Yavapai College that she met her future business partner Dave and future partner and love Aaron. After graduating with her associates degree from Yavapai, Bree found herself managing the wine club for Arizona Stronghold Vineyards while Aaron worked at the Four Eight Tasting Room with Dave, and then in the vineyards for Merkin. It wasn't long before our dreams of making our own wine came true as Dave, Aaron and Bree partnered up to begin Oddity. The rest, as they say, is history.
Aaron is a transplant from Massachusetts. He has been living in Northern Arizona since 2003 where he attended Prescott college earning a degree in Photography. After spending time in Flagstaff and Prescott, he finally settled into the town of Clarkdale after beginning classes in Viticulture and Enology at Yavapai College. Aaron is captivated by the strength of the local community in the Verde Valley and the Wine industry that it supports. He has been working in local vineyards since 2012, and has spent considerable time in various cellars volunteering as a cellar rat to learn the trade hands on.