Founder / Winemaker / President
Richard pursued his interest in wine by going into the restaurant business in 1985.Working with Master Sommelier Larry Stone at Rubicon Restaurant in San Francisco as a waiter and bartender gave him the opportunity to taste rare and exiting wines from around the world and to learn about them. With plans to become a winemaker, he then attended UC Davis to learn Viticulture & Enology in 1994 and graduated in 1997. Richard worked for various wineries from Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz to Rosenblum in Alameda, Alexander Valley in Sonoma and Folie a Deux in the Napa Valley. From there he transitioned into consulting under industry veteran Tom Eddy and has worked as an independent wine consultant in California and Colorado since 1999. He was the Director of Winemaking for Don Sebastiani & Sons from 2000 through 2009 and has consulted for various wineries including Niebaum-Coppola, Michael Pozzan Winery, Acre Wines and Wander & Ivy among others and is based in the Napa Valley.