Rob LloydRob Lloyd

Executive Winemaker

Hometown: All of California

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 2009 Chardonnay with freshly caught Mahi-Mahi

About: Rob’s best vacation ever was wine tasting across Europe with his wife, Bonnie, on their honeymoon. They now enjoy life in Napa with their two daughters. Rob received his Masters Degree in Enology in 1999 from UC Davis interning at Kent Rasmussen Winery. He has made wine for La Crema and Rombauer Vineyards.

Tracy McArdleTracy McArdle

General Manager

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 2009 Chardonnay with juicy fried chicken

About: Tracy says her most memorable culinary experience was the first time she had soft shell crab as a child. “I was so nervous but I took one bite and LOVED it! I can still see my mother’s grin.” She attributes her love of food and wine to her mother. Rome was her favorite vacation spot and recalls being mesmerized by the Sistine Chapel.

Laurel ThomasLaurel Thomas

Tasting Room Sales Associate

Hometown: Nashville, Tennesee

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Petite Syrah with venison and huckleberry sauce

About: Laurel’s best vacation was a trip to Paris followed by a train ride to Nice and a sailing ship cruise through the Mediterranean and Italian Riviera. She might be called a romantic . . .favorite movie, “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

Cristy CowellCristy Cowell

Wine Club & Hospitality

Hometown: Napa, California

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 2009 Sauvignon Blanc with Asian pear and baby spinach salad with blue cheese and citrus vinaigrette

About: Cristy loves spending time with her family. Her husband and son race dirt bikes competitively. They also enjoy camping. Cristy is a Troop Leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Bailey DowningBailey Downing

Wine Club & Hospitality

Hometown: Napa, California

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 2006 Zinfandel with her Grandma’s gumbo

About: Bailey is a graduate of Southern Oregon University where she played softball and is now happily “retired” from the sport. Her best vacation was a cruise to Mexico with three of her best friends. The “Burger from Hell” at the Coyote Bluff Café in Amarillo, TX is her most memorable culinary experience.

Chris MazzoChris Mazzo

Partner Relations Manager

Hometown: Laguna Beach, California

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 2007 Jessup Cellars Zinfandel with root beer braised short ribs.

About: Chris is a world traveler; having lived in Toronto, Canada, Rome, Italy and gone on Safari in Kenya, his favorite place remains London, England. Chris is a big fan of the LA Angels of Anaheim and loves to surf, play Frisbee golf and hike.

Kit PaquinKit Paquin

Director of Hospitality & Membership

Hometown: Fairfax, Vermont

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 2009 Jessup Cellars Cabernet Franc with her fiancé’s famous rosemary encrusted lamb lollipops.

About: Kit’s most memorable culinary experience was at the Michelin starred restaurant Providence in Los Angeles. “I made a reservation, got dressed up and went all by myself. It was fabulous, I felt like a kid tasting ice cream for the very first time. Each course was a new discovery!” Kit is a huge New York Yankees fan just like her big brother. She loves reading, cooking, yoga, running and geeking out over wine and chemistry.

Bernardo MunozBernardo Munoz

Cellar Supervisor

Hometown: Campeche, Mex

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 2010 Manny’s Blend with Mongolian Pork Chops from Mustards Grill – richness paired with richness

About: Bernardo began his career the vineyards, learning the intricacies of grape growing and how to adjust to the whims of Mother Nature. He then moved into the cellars at Jessup Cellars, bringing us his complete grape to bottle knowledge to the team. He has a keen understanding of what it takes to make a great bottle.

Cynthia CareyCynthia Carey

Resident Artist & Curator

Hometown: San Francisco

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: A glass of Jessup Cellars Pinot Noir and a gallery full of beautiful art.

About: Cynthia has studied art throughout most of her life. The educational experience that Cynthia considers one her most important and influential was time she spent studying under Nathan Oliveira at Stanford University. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe with her main focus on studying the art and artists of the region. Her works are in numerous public and private collections.

Eddie  EisimingerEddie Eisiminger

Cellar Crew

Hometown: Napa, CA

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Norman Rose Burger with the works and a Pliny or JC’s Carneros Pinot Noir and Bone marrow from Bistro Jeanty.

About: Enjoys hunting, adventurous eating experiences, and the discovery of great craft beers.

Elise Kuhar-PittersElise Kuhar-Pitters

Supervisor of Operations

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Zinfandel with Memphis style BBQ Nachos

About: Graduate of the University of Memphis where she played soccer. Favorite trip was to Argentina with her college soccer team. Moved to California in Dec 2012 and stumbled into the wine industry; joining Jessup in March 2013 and has been fascinated with the intricacies of the industry.

Joel QuigleyJoel Quigley

Vice President Marketing Communications

Hometown: Sebastopol, CA

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Jessup Cellars wines and whatever partner we’re teaming with for our Tasting Galley events – in other words, living and tasting for the moment!

About: A 20 year communications veteran in the wine business with a focus on building partnerships with other lifestyle businesses such as music, fashion, art and film. Love my family. Love to write. Love music and playing drums. Love a good party!




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