Winemaker, Lang & Reed Napa Valley
I learned the craft from working for wineries for the past 40 years. Driving forklifts into the barrel head of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon at Caymus, knocking over rows of glassware filled with Cabernet Franc at Clos du Val and crashing tractors into end posts of Merlot vineyards at Neibaum-Coppola. In 1993 I made our first Cabernet Franc, under the Lang & Reed label which gave us the inspiration to get our bonded winery operating in 1996.
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.