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Chris MazzoChris Mazzo

Tasting Room Sales Associate

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

Manager of Hospitality & Wine Club

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.

Ashley BrandnerAshley Brandner

Wine Representative, CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine)

Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Napa Valley Petite Sirah paired with a rack of lamb and fingerling potatoes.

About: Ashley’s best vacation was relaxing in Hawaii with her college friends.  She loves to snow board, hike, listen to music, and enjoy delicious food & wine with friends.  Her favorite subject in school is art history.

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

Customer Relations

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!

Judd WallenbrockJudd Wallenbrock

General Manager

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.

AJ EisimingerAJ Eisiminger

Sales & Operations

Hometown: Detroit born and Napa grown

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Carneros Pinot Noir w/english coastal cheddar

About: I have always been an active wild child in love with sports and the great outdoors.  It was not until getting away from Napa and going to college, and then coming back after graduation to work harvest that I discovered my passion for wine. After learning more about the world of wine it became so intriguing and exciting that I knew, similar to what I’d imagine is like falling in love, that I had found something I want to be part of for the rest of my life.

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