We invite you to make us your first stop when visiting the Napa Valley. We are known for our handcrafted, small production wines and our exceptional tasting experience.
If you are a seasoned wine lover or just learning what wine is all about, you will feel comfortable and welcomed at Jessup Cellars.
To get to know us better, scroll down to meet our team and find our about our hometowns, favorite Jessup Cellars pairings, and a small byte about who we are as people.
Cheers from all of us!
Hometown: All of California
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Carneros 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.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Carneros 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.
Hometown: Nashville, Tennesee
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Petite Sirah 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.”
Wine Club Manager
Hometown: Napa, California
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Jessup Cellars 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.
Partner Relations Manager
Hometown: Laguna Beach, California
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Community Relations Manager
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.
Vice President Marketing Communications
Hometown: Sebastopol, CA
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Jessup Cellars wines and whatever partner we’re teaming with for our Tasting Gallery 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!
President & CEO
Hometown: San Marino, CA
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: A bottle of Rob’s stunning Sauvignon Blanc, a dozen oysters, some Jack Johnson on the stereo, and my wife.
About: Judd is a seasoned veteran of the wine business and has the scars to prove it, unabashedly wearing an intense passion for all things wine & food on his sleeve. He has climbed mountains in Nepal, hitchhiked SE Asia, Australia, New Zealand & Europe, but thinks Napa is the best place on Earth.
Tasting Gallery Manager
Favorite Pairing: Jessup Cellars Cabernet Franc and Tri-Tip from Buster’s BBQ
About: Growing up in Napa and having an older brother involved in the restaurant industry gave A.J. an appreciation early on for wine and food. That appreciation turned into a passion and now A.J. is currently doing his best to pursue the “good life” and share his love of wine and food with as many people as possible!
we invite you to visit all three of our unique winery experiences. full day excursions available. 707.944.5620