During the 1920’s, my grandfather’s career as a commercial artist began in San Francisco. The ‘little studio overlooking the bay’ he refers to was home to two full city blocks of factory printing space, a large and familiar clock tower at the base of the Bay Bridge, and the city’s biggest employer- Schmidt Lithograph Corp. Schmidt Lithograph was the largest printer on the West Coast, and their strong suit became his specialty: fruit crates, wine labels, malt liquor, and booze. He was the brainchild behind many household product designs that still exist today.
"I AM A FIFTH GENERATION CALIFORNIA DREAMER, WANDERER, AND OVERALL SKEPTIC. I WORK WITH SMALL, FAMILY-OWNED VINEYARDS IN MARIN COUNTY AND NAPA VALLEY TO MAKE WINES THAT ARE FRUIT-FORWARD, SITE SPECIFIC, AND OFF THE BEATEN PATH."
In the early 1970’s, my father moved the family to an old ghost winery in the Napa Valley. He set out to revive this historic winery estate to its former glory, “clear out some cobwebs”, and unknowingly participate in the renaissance of the Napa Valley wine industry as we know it today.
My wines draw a curvy path between my colorful family history and what has always been the common thread between my grandfather, my father, and myself: an artful and ahead-of-the-curve approach to the wine business.