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: 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!
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.
Guest Relations Specialist
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.
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
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!
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.”
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.
Tasting Gallery Lead
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Hometown: Sonoma, CA
Favorite Jessup Pairing: Carneros Chardonnay with Bistro Jeanty’s seared scallops.
Mason gained a love of the wine country growing up in the beautiful Sonoma Valley, but discovered his passion for wine itself while studying abroad in Mendoza, Argentina. After finishing his degree from UC Davis, he returned to Sonoma where he was able to pursue his newfound passion with the amazing folks at Jessup Cellars. He is an avowed wine geek, certified history nerd, and self-proclaimed expert on bad puns.
Wine Curator I
Hometown: Anaheim, California
Favorite Jessup Pairing: Trousseau Gris with Thomas Keller’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken
About: Brian hails from sunny Southern California, making him a walking target whenever he dons his Dodger Blue in the Bay Area. In his free time he enjoys art, music and literature, and hopes to one day write an epic work of historical fiction. He studied History and Theology in college and sums up the meaning of life in the following quote: “After all these years, I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers, but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
Hometown: Sonoma, California
Favorite Jessup Cellars Wine Pairing: Virtually any food with ‘Table for Four’
Growing up, I wasn’t around wine much even though I lived in wine country. Throughout high school and post-graduation, my career goal was to be an athletic trainer. While playing for the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s soccer team in 2012, I first got my foot in the wine industry working at Bennett Lane Winery. This is where my passion for wine grew. My love of sports continues, especially my passion for playing soccer.
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