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Our Team

Jessup Cellars’ core values of Connection, Uniquely Us, Collective Joy and Pursuit of Excellence provide the foundation for our teams’ actions and aspirations. Our mission is to deliver WOW experiences by empowering each other to make deep, lasting connections and view every idea through the lens of a trailblazer.

Our vision is to be the number one customer experience winery in the world.

Over the past several years, Jessup Cellars has won numerous awards including CellarPass’ ‘Friendliest & Most Knowledgeable Staff’ two years in a row, Napa Valley Life magazine’s ‘Best Wine Club’ and, recently, Yountville’s ‘Business of the Year’.

Below, we introduce you to our work family – all who make earning these awards possible. We look forward to hosting you in Wine Country, bringing our ‘Tasting Room without Walls’ to your home, or helping with whatever your needs may be….

~ The Jessup Cellars Team

Jay 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.”

Bryan Arbios

Membership & Hospitality Specialist

Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Bryan Arbios has always been interested in wine and hospitality.  Early in his career, he worked in restaurants and hotels, followed by an internship in Portugal working with a top cork producer to learn the entire process of producing corks.

Bryan worked in the world of logistics over the past seven years, and then in early 2018 joined the Jessup Cellars family. He knew the wine business was in his blood as his family has been associated with it in some form or fashion.

Beginning with his Great-Great Grandfather Felix Salmina ­– who purchased and managed Larkmead Winery in early 1900’s – quickly built an impressive reputation. By 1930, legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff considered Larkmead to be one of the four “outstanding” wineries alongside Inglenook, Beaulieu Vineyard and Beringer.

Bryan has brought that same passion with him to the Jessup Cellars family. Outside of work, Bryan loves his sports and has been a lifelong fan of the SF Giants, 49ers, and Golden State Warriors. He enjoys baseball, basketball, tennis and golf.

One of his favorite Jessup Cellars food pairings is ‘Juel’ with lamb shank risotto.

Christina Beverly

Director of Creative Services

Hometown: Golden, Colorado

Favorite Pairing: Table For Four with Ribeye steak, mashed potatoes and asparagus

About: Christina first joined the Jessup family back in 2008 after graduating from college in Colorado with degrees in hospitality and business administration. Upon moving to Napa Valley, she quickly realized her love of wine, food and unique experiences. She has enjoyed spreading her time over the years in various areas of the company, including the Tasting Gallery, Membership & Hospitality, Marketing and Administration. Her spare time is happily spent with her husband, Matt, and their beloved dog, Hamilton.

Matt Beverly

Senior Wine Curator

Hometown: Northglenn, Colorado

About: Matt is a “lifer” in the service industry. Serving and cooking in restaurants since he I was 14, set the foundation for his love of food and wine. He moved to the Napa Valley in 2008 with his wife Christina (look to the left) to continue his passion for cooking. He was quickly absorbed into the wine industry and has been pouring wine for guests from all over the world for 10 years now. His favorite trips are those spent with Christina, mainly in Italy and Mexico. He grew up in Colorado, and will never lose his outdoor spirit. Hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, camping are all activities he actively pursues on a weekly basis.

Favorite Jessup Cellars Pairing: Petite Sirah and apple wood smoked BBQ Brisket.

Frederick Boelen

Tasting Gallery Lead

Hometown: Honfleur, France
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Zinfandel Port with anything chocolate.
About: Frederick grew up in France, studied in the UK and Spain (where he met his Georgia Peach). After working several years in his own family businesses in hospitality & wine, he decided to move to the US and continue his family’s long tradition in the wine industry with Jessup! He’s passionate about wine, fly fishing, food and kitesurfing.

Ellen Brown

Senior Lead, Personal Wine Experiences

Hometown: Vermillion, South Dakota

Favorite Jessup Cellars Pairing: Juel with extra chocolate brownies.

After growing up in South Dakota, Ellen moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her undergraduate in Biology. She moved to Yountville, CA in 2015 for an internship with Jessup Cellars, where she fell head over heels in love with the wine industry.  Ellen went back to Nebraska to finish her MBA. She now works in downtown Chicago, yet continues her love of wine through hosting in home tastings for wine club members throughout the Chicagoland area.

Cynthia 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.

Mikaya Creekmore, Tasting Gallery Support

Mikayla Creekmore

Tasting Room Support

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

About: Mikayla was born and raised in Sonoma County and currently resides in Petaluma. After years of working in dining, she decided to use her skills to pursue a career in the wine industry. With dreams to travel the world, Mikayla is enthusiastic about experiencing the most out of life and, in turn, creating unforgettable and everlasting experiences for guests. Her other interests and passions include; cooking, dancing, traveling and spending time with her family and friends (4 legged ones absolutely included!)

Favorite Pairing: Jessup Cellars “Manny’s Blend” with homemade steak caprese

Bailey 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.

AJ 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!

Nick Hammond, Wine Curator

Nick Hammond

Personal Wine Curator

Hometown: Fresno, California

About: Nick has been involved in the wine industry from a young age. His first vineyard visit was at 6 years old and initial attempt at production occurred around 14 years old when his family participated in their first harvest. He continued to take part in wine making throughout high school and college, while also pursing a soccer career. He ultimately decided to follow a new dream of becoming a winemaker by making the move to Napa in 2007. Nick experienced a variety of roles in the hospitality and wine industry throughout the following years, ultimately joining the Jessup Cellars family in the fall of 2019. Keep an eye out for his “co-pilot” Suki (his beloved 16 year old pup) when you visit the tasting gallery. Suki is a bit of a celebrity with a feature in the Wine Dogs, volume 2, book!

Favorite Pairing: Jessup Cellars “Rougette” with some great friends. No food necessary 😉

Saxton Jones

Wine Curator

Hometown: Stillwell, KS

Saxton is from Stilwell, KS which is just south of Kansas City. He moved to Napa in 2010 and is a Level 1 Sommelier. He has worked mostly in casual and fine dining. Saxton is a huge sports fan and loves the Kansas City Royals, Kansas Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks. He loves to play golf and hang out with friends every chance he gets. He also passionate about art, tattoos, craft beer, vintage clothes, antiques and art.

Favorite Pairing: Tawny Port with chocolate raspberry layer cake with chantilly cream and powdered sugar

Elise Kuhar-Pitters

Manager – Personal Wine Experience Team

Hometown: Spokane, Washington

About: Elise came to the Napa Valley in 2012 after graduating from the University of Memphis in Tennessee with degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Home Furnishings. While in college, she played soccer for the Lady Tigers, with one of her favorite memories being the teams’ trip to compete in Argentina. Shortly after moving to California, she happened into the wine business, joining the Jessup Cellars family in March 2013. Ever since, Elise has been fascinated with the intricacies of learning about wine and all the experiences surrounding it. Travel, music and movies are also among her many passions.

Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Zinfandel with anything barbecued!

Elise is the Manager of the Personal Wine Experience Team, which travels the country to bring the Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Wines experiences directly to our members! She would love to host an event with you in the near future. Please reach out to her at for more information.   

Brian Lee

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

Rob 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.

Mike 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.

Carlos Marquez

Wine Curator

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.

Tracy 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.

Assistant Winemaker, Bernardo Munoz

Bernardo 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.

Aiste Nichols, Wine Curator

Aiste Nichols

Wine Curator

Born and raised in Lithuania, Aiste got bit by the wine bug in the small town of Truckee, a beautiful, mountainous area in Lake Tahoe. Although she was already familiar with the wine industry, working at a boutique winery in Truckee Aiste realized that she could turn her curiosity for wine into a career. After being certified as a Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Aiste knew it was only a matter of time before she swam into broader waters of wine. After a few important pieces fell into place, she found herself in Napa Valley joining the friendly team at Jessup Cellars. Aiste and her boyfriend RJ, along with their fluffy baby cat Akela, intend to enjoy the area for a good long while.

Joel Quigley

Project Consultant

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!

Zachary Scott

Cellar Crew

Kimberly Skog

Dedicated Wine Liaison

Hometown: Santa Rosa California

About: Kimberly brings over 20 years of dedicated wine experience & passion to the Good Life Wine Collective family. She loves anything to do with being outdoors – biking and hiking, boating and camping with her husband. Time with family is also incredibly important to Kimberly! She adores being a mother of two beautiful daughters and now she gets to enjoy her grandchildren.

Favorite Jessup Wine: It is hard to say as she love them all, but if she had to pick it would be ‘Juel’ – It has so many layers of complex flavors and is a wine that can pair with almost any meal, or even just by itself!

Laurel 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.”

Victor Torres

Cellar Crew 

Andrew Vasquez

Director of Customer Loyalty

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Emily Wilkens

Hospitality & Membership Specialist

Hometown: Napa, California

About: Emily naturally made her way into the wine industry and joined the Jessup Cellars family in January of 2017. She is passionate about raising her three kids and enjoys volunteering for the local baseball, football, and cheer teams. Emily and her kids love dog-sitting Hamilton, co-worker Christina Beverly’s beloved dog (look to your right), who spends a lot of time bringing joy to our winery.

Favorite Jessup Pairing: Chardonnay with fried chicken.

Whitney Woltz

Wine Curator 

Hometown: Napa, California

Whitney was born and raised in the Napa Valley. Although her parents are not in the wine industry, her older sister is, which is where Whitney discovered her love for wine and her joy for making people happy. Most of Whitney’s time is spent with her two dogs Cyrus and Dingo, who she says are her world! She also has a huge passion for science and has her A.A in Natural Sciences and Mathematics. She is so happy to be part of the Jessup family!

Favorite Jessup Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc with a fried chicken sandwich!

Grant 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.

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