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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
Hometown – Napa CA
Pairing – Jessup Cellars Carneros Pinot Noir with a Fried Egg BLT.
Bio – I was born and raised in Napa, almost completely oblivious to the wine industry that was expanding around me. I was picking up odd jobs around the Valley that were on the periphery of winemaking, when I was offered the opportunity to work a harvest with Jessup Cellars. One harvest became two and here I am, now full-time in the cellar working with some of the best and brightest. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor in winemaker Rob Lloyd. I hope to continue my education here and contribute as much as I can to my team!