Tom’s tenure in the wine industry is now well over 40 years young. During the past several decades, it just seems like he has made wine of every type, from every location and has met every winemaking challenge head-on with enthusiasm, a quality perspective, and an artistic flair. Tom’s passion and dedication to excellence with wine is ongoing. He is always quick to point out that, when it comes to his favorite grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, his winemaking goal is to produce wine which is rich, flavorful, and elegant, from hillside vineyards that deliver intense fruit flavor and depth of structure to ensure complexity and richness.
One of the final career goals for Tom was to purchase the Calistoga ranch in 1999, provide an exciting landscape to live and explore nature on a daily basis, and plant a small vineyard and build a family winery on the back side of the mountain. True to his commitment to the passion of artistic winemaking, Tom and his wife Kerry brought together friends to help in the construction of a classically designed, efficient, yet small winery, along with a beautiful cave dug deep into the mountain Tom’s journey to produce elegant, age worthy wines will continue, and now he can do it from his back porch.