— The greatest challenge for me every year is dealing with the time spent away from my family.
I am a huge music fan - growing up in Southern California I was drawn to local rock, punk and ska bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Pennywise and The Aquabats. While I still hold those bands dear to my heart, my tastes have definitely expanded to include jazz and folk acts.
We work with growers all over Napa Valley and become familiar with each vineyard site. By utilizing the distinct attributes of each lot, we blend our wines to be the most seamless expression of each vintage. In this way, each bottling has written its own memoir.
The greatest challenge for me every year is dealing with the time spent away from my wife Adrianne and my daughter Ava. I could not put as much of my heart and soul into this job as I do without their love, support and understanding.
In 1999 I worked a harvest at Stags’ Leap Winery, this was the hardest job I’d ever had but was also the most rewarding. It propelled me to study Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis.
Elizabeth Vianna from Chimney Rock Winery. She gave me my first full-time job in the industry, imbued me with a deep respect for winemaking, helped to open many doors for me in my career and I love and respect her like a sister.
1997 Pahlmeyer Merlot. That wine was the perfect embodiment of a velvety rich Merlot that also has power and depth.
One thing that has always enchanted me about the Napa Valley is the region’s ability to produce wines that can be unapologetically rich and powerful while still resonating with a beautiful balance.
I love how the requirements of my job change with the seasons. From overseeing the vineyards, to tasting for grape maturity, blending and bottling wines. There is never a dull moment.
My grandmother, Magic Johnson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.