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Steven BowenSteven Bowen

Cellar Crew

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!

Chelsea AndersonChelsea Anderson

Event & Experience Specialist

Hometown: Napa, CA
Pairing: Jessup Cellars Sauvignon Blanc and Burrata topped with freshly ground black pepper and Himalayan pink salt served with grilled crostini and a side of heirloom tomato jam
About: Chelsea is a woman of many traits.  Before joining the wine industry she studied at Sonoma State University and received a B.A. in Communications Studies followed by getting her Esthetician license.  With a winery event coordinator background, Chelsea joined the Jessup Cellars team in August of 2014.  She’s obsessed with cooking, watching the Food Network, posting pictures of food on social media (see a trend?), going to her Crossfit class and the SF Giants.
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. Currently, he attends Napa College where he’s working on transferring to Sonoma State University to achieve a degree in wine marketing and hospitality. Of all the wineries he’s had the pleasure of working with, he says Jessup Cellars has been one of the most humble and fun places to build his career.

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.

Aaron LaheyAaron Lahey

Wine Curator

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: 2009 Zinfandel Port with a crumbly Gorgonzola cheese.

About: Aaron discovered his passion for the world of food and flavor at the young age of 14, when he started apprenticing under some of the top chefs in San Francisco. After cooking at a number of bay area restaurants (and graduating with a BA in Psychology), he found his true calling in wine and spirits. A culinary Renaissance man of sorts, Aaron has a passion for anything flavor related, and his varied culinary background brings a unique perspective to the Jessup Cellars Tasting Room!

Kerry FitzgeraldKerry Fitzgerald

Wine Curator

Home Town: Sebastopol, CA

Favorite Jessup Pairing: Pinot Noir and a thin crust wood fired pizza with smoked ham, mozzarella and crispy Brussels sprout leafs.  Sprinkle in an outdoor fire and good company and you have yourself a perfect evening.

About: I was born and raised in Sonoma County in the Russian River appellation. Growing up I played numerous rounds of golf and loved being outdoors. The rural farmland covered in apple trees and vineyards always excited me. My Uncle first introduced me to the wine industry when I was very young. From the tender age of 12, I knew I wanted to be involved in the wine industry. Upon graduation, I attended college at CSU Fresno and studied winemaking. Following a great time in college, I returned back to Northern California to utilize my fresh knowledge. After a few internships, I landed myself at the best Winery in California, Jessup Cellars and I couldn’t be happier!

Miguel AlcarezMiguel Alcarez

Finance Manager

Hometown: Michoacan, Mexico – Residing in the town of Sonoma since age of 12

Favorite Jessup Cellars Pairing: Table for Four with Hanger steak, and reduced cabernet sauce with mushrooms and onions.

About: Soccer aficionado, favorite team FC Barcelona, plays soccer regularly in local leagues.

Shannon DifilippoShannon Difilippo

Hometown: Juneau, Alaska

Favorite Pairing: A perfectly chilled Rosé with Scalloped Potato & Pancetta Pizza fired in their own backyard pizza oven.

About: Astounding natural beauty is one memory Shannon has growing up in Alaska so when it was time to find a place to call home and raise their two daughters, Napa’s stunning landscapes and Epicurean lifestyle was an easy choice! Her travel industry career offered opportunities to explore fascinating destinations worldwide while making memories that will last a lifetime.  Inspired by new experiences, interesting people and a true passion for food, wine & art – Jessup Cellars is clearly the perfect fit.

Andrew VasquezAndrew Vasquez

Director of Customer Loyalty

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Pairing: Jessup Cellars Zinfandel with rack of lamb cooked in a delicious jammy sweetness of a fig-sauce.

About: Andrew’s two passions are travel & politics. Having travelled most of the world, worked on two Presidental campaigns and working for several charities, he has adopted a broaden worldview. He discovered his love of wine in a small town on the South Island of New Zealand. That bottle of Sauv Blanc changed the course of his professional life. It was that good! Before joining the wine industry he studied at UCSB and received a B.A. in Political Science. He resides in Santa Rosa where he loves spending time with his family and playing baseball with his two small boys along with their chocolate lab, Marley. SF Giants at AT&T Park is his “happy” place

Kimberly SkogKimberly Skog

Dedicated Wine Liaison

Hometown: Santa Rosa California

About Kimberly: Kimberly brings over 20 years of dedicated wine experience & passion. She loves anything to do with being outdoors, biking and hiking, boating, with her most favorite thing to do is camping with her husband. And time with family! She adores being a mother of two beautiful daughters and now she gets to enjoy grandchildren.

Favorite Jessup wine hard to say as she love them all, but if she had to pick it would be the Juel blend, it has so many layers of complex flavors. A wine that feels like you can pair with almost any meal, or even just by its self!

 

 

Jay ArandaJay Aranda

Dedicated Wine Liaison

Hometown: Vallejo, California

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc with Seafood Paella.

About: Jay cherishes the love of his large extended family and appreciates the priceless blessing of a tight-knit circle of friends. Having sailed the West Indies, traveled across Europe–ending with a two-year residence in Valencia Spain–he now enjoys the simple pleasures of basking in the warm California sun, sipping wine and fully engrossed in a good book. Jay strives to live a life of “Service, Purpose, Meaning and Impact.”  His motto: “Collect Moments Not Things.”

Mike LutzMike Lutz

Dedicated Wine Liaison

Hometown: Colusa, CA

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Manny’s Blend with Short Ribs.

About: Mike has spent his entire career in hospitality. For 7 years he worked for some of the top private country clubs in both Scottsdale Arizona and Couer de’ Alene Idaho. It was those clubs where he discovered his passion for wine. For the past 8 years he has worked for a couple of wineries, but truly believes he has found his forever home. “The people here, from the members to the staff, are just amazing! I feel truly blessed to be a part of such an outstanding culture.” He and his wife reside in Sacramento where they both enjoy Sunday football days, and trying out new recipes together in the kitchen.

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