My last name translates to Shepherd Wine, so perhaps it’s fitting to be doing this.
I worked on a vineyard in Paso Robles in college, and got into winemaking post-graduation with a group of Dads in my hometown of Los Altos. They harvested their own grapes, and meticulously produced their wines in home cellars. I was lucky to be included in their group, and was paid for my contributions in cases of the fermented fruits of my labor.
When I moved to San Francisco, I was gifted a barrel of Sonoma Zinfindel from one of these Dads. He “didn’t have space for it,” and to be honest, neither did I. The only place it fit was in my bedroom, between the end of my bed and my desk. We aged it for a year, and called it Foot of the Bed Red.
Somewhere along the way, my good friend Roman Beyer put the seeds of this idea in my head. It took years, and a series of steps forward and back to get here, but I couldn’t be more excited to be starting this business.
If you know me, you know I love people and stories. The people who work the land and work in cellarsare so passionate about what they do, and I can’t wait to tell their stories and bring their wines to you.
When I looked for a business partner, the list started and stopped with Martin. We grew up in the same town but were two years apart in high school. I had admired his success from afar (one of Wine & Spirits Best Young Sommeliers 2015, Guild of Sommeliers TopNewSomm recipient in 2015, Chaine de Rotisseurs' World's Best Young Sommelier 2016, and the Rudd Scholarship award winner given to the highest score on the Advanced Sommelier exam), but it had been years since we'd seen each other. I sent a Facebook message to see if he'd hear my idea; and after a half hour drink stretched two hours longer than planned, we've been working together ever since.
I’m thrilled to have him involved, and so pumped to bring my friends and their friends and their friend’s friends great wines every month!