Team

Welcome to Jessup Cellars

 

Rob LloydRob Lloyd

Executive Winemaker

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.

Tracy McArdleTracy McArdle

General Manager

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.

Laurel ThomasLaurel Thomas

Wine Curator

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.”

Bailey DowningBailey Downing

Director of Member & Guest Services

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.

Chris MazzoChris Mazzo

Senior Manager - Personal Wine Experiences Team

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.

Bernardo MunozBernardo Munoz

Assistant Winemaker

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.

Elise Kuhar-PittersElise Kuhar-Pitters

Manager - Personal Wine Experiences Team

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 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!

AJ EisimingerAJ Eisiminger

Director of Sales & Operations

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

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!

Grant WoodGrant Wood

Tasting Gallery Lead

Hometown: Napa, CA

Favorite Jessup Cellars Pairing: Juel paired with slow cooked pork shoulder on the grill with shredded Brussels sprouts, bacon and wild mushrooms.

Grant grew up in the AVA of Coombsville in the beautiful countryside east of downtown Napa. Though his parents were not in the wine industry, he naturally fell in love with the surrounding vineyards. He was fortunate enough to work in catering in Napa where he was introduced to amazing chefs that gave him his first lessons on how to taste and appreciate wine. This inspired Grant to pursue a career in wine.

He is now a Diploma student for Wine and Spirits Education Trust and working his way through the Court of Master Sommeliers. His goal is to further his career in the wine industry and share great wine with friends and family.

Meg MasseyMeg Massey

Membership & Allocation Specialist

Hometown: Athens, Georgia

Favorite Jessup Pairing: Pinot Noir with pappardelle and braised pork short rib ragout.

A smiley Southern belle with a passion for friendship and beauty in nature, art, wine, cuisine, and music. A graduate of the University of Georgia: Lamar Dodd School of Art with a focus in painting. In 2012, she studied abroad at her school’s campus in Cortona, Italy. She fell in love with wine in Tuscany, which inspired her move to Napa in 2013 to study wine and paint among the valley’s vines.

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