Hometown: All of California
Favorite Jessup Wine Pairing: Carneros Chardonnay with freshly caught Mahi-Mahi
About: Rob’s foray into wine started directly after graduating college when he came to Napa to work in a tasting room for the summer – before getting a ‘real job’. He became fascinated with wine and the science of winemaking and began to learn everything he could about the process.
While interviewing for that “real job”, the interviewer asked him what he had been doing with his time since graduation. After speaking passionately and at length about wine, the interviewer said, “You seem to love that so much. Why do you want this job?” Rob realized he didn’t want it, actually. He thanked the man, and thus began a career in the wine industry.
Rob has since earned his MS in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California Davis and worked for many prestigious wineries including Cakebread, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and La Crema. Rob began crafting Jessup Cellars in the 2009 season and took the position of Director of Winemaking at Jessup Cellars in 2010. He now heads up our winemaking for the Good Life Wine Collective, which also includes Handwritten Wines.
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.