Over the past several years, Jessup Cellars has won numerous awards including CellarPass’ ‘Friendliest & Most Knowledgeable Staff’ three 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….
A recent transplant to Napa, Lee moved here from Chicago to work a harvest in the cellar and never looked back! She was bit by the wine bug 15 years earlier while attending culinary school up in Vancouver and went on to work as a sommelier and wine director in some wonderful family run (and Michelin star rated) restaurants. Lee is passionate about education and hopes to continue teaching others about wine while she keeps up her own studies in the WSET program.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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!
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bernardo MunozAssistant 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.
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.
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
About: Being born in Switzerland and raised in Boston, Philip grew up with one foot on each continent. Constantly surrounded by great French wines as a child, his family would tell him the tales of these legendary vintners and instilled a lifelong passion for food and wine.
Philip has deep roots in hospitality that start in the kitchens of France where he got his first job as a young man. Over the years, he made the transition to the restaurant floor where as a sommelier and wine director, he was able to pursue his passions further.
After meeting his wife Emily, Philip was able to pursue his education overseas earning his M.B.A while living and working in the Bordeaux region of France. Philip went on to build a winery and label called Trinité Estate for the famed Lurton family of Bordeaux and later took over direction of Handwritten Wines in Yountville.
Philip is a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and holds a WSET diploma.
Hometown: Santa Rosa California
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!
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.
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.”
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
About: Andrew’s two passions are travel & politics. Having travelled most of the world, worked on two Presidential 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.
Hometown: Napa, California
Favorite Jessup Pairing: Chardonnay with fried chicken.
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.
Hometown: Napa, California
Favorite Jessup Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc with a fried chicken sandwich!
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!