Winemaker, Lang & Reed Napa Valley
I learned the craft of winemaking and the art of wine sales from working for over a dozen wineries over the past 40 years. Having arrived in California in 1980 with over a half of a decade of restaurant wine experience, as a buyer and wine steward [sommelier], I was prepared to absorb and apply lessons learned from many of the producers and winemakers who played such an impact on the advent of fine wine emanating from the Napa Valley. I have always felt that I have one foot in the historical past and one step forward into a great future that lies ahead in our Valley. In 1993, together with my wife, Tracey, we made our first Cabernet Franc, under the Lang & Reed label which gave us the inspiration to get our bonded winery operating in 1996. We feel, after more than 25 years of producing Lang & Reed wines, a humble part of the fabric of this great wine region.
Country born: United States
Education: Mentors that I have either worked for or with, Charlie & Chuck Wagner, Laurie Wood, Bernard Portet, Dan Duckhorn, Tony Soter, Scott McLeod, Jon Kongsgaard, Kent Rassmusen, Kristin Belair, Bernard & Matthieu Baudry, Dick Ward, David Graves and Ted Hall.
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
Honors / Awards:
Past Chairman - Napa Valley Vintners & Auction Napa Valley, Past Co-Chair Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Auction, Past President - Stags Leap District Winegrowers, Founding Vice-President - Rutherford Dust Society, Past President, Napa Valley Wine Library Association.
To craft wines that are expressive of the grape and ground from which they come - respecting that something subtle and delicate can provide superb pleasure - to make wines that are enjoyable to drink and to share with others.