Meet the Wine Scouts

Your personal guide to the best in wine and spirits

The world of potent potables can be bewildering. We have a team of seasoned wine and spirits professionals here in Napa who want to get to know you and your tastes. They want to be your Spirit guide, your Sherpa, your go-to guy (or gal) for all things drinkable. When the holiday gifting season rolls around, well, you just found yourself an assistant to make sure everything goes smoothly.

You can take your chances with the blank stares in the big-box store, or you can call us. You might find yourself talking to someone who has perhaps worked a few harvests at a Napa winery, managed a wine retailer, pounded the pavement as a wine rep, or worked the floor as a professional sommelier in a fine dining restaurant. Everyone here takes their vocation seriously, and you’ll be able to tell immediately!

Sam Miller

Sam Miller

Wine Scout Since: 2003
Favorite Wines:

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay (White Burgundy), Zinfandel & Priorat

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1948 Chateau d'Yquem

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis

Wine Scout Since: 2005
Favorite Wines:

Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet, Grenache

Rarest Wine Tasted:

2003 Mugneret Echezeaux

Kristine Mason

Kristine Mason

Wine Scout Since: 2017
Favorite Wines:

Beaujolais, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Syrah

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1997 Vine Cliff Cabernet

Sean Tupper

Sean Tupper

Wine Scout Since: 2014
Favorite Wines:

Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Garganega, Chardonnay

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Lee Reinsimar

Lee Reinsimar

Wine Scout Since: 2014
Favorite Wines:

Cabernet, Syrah, Pinot, Nebbiolo, and wines from the Veneto

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1949 Martin Ray Cabernet

Erik Bennett

Erik Bennett

Wine Scout Since: 2018
Favorite Wines:

Pinot Noir, White Burgundy, aromatic Whites with great acid

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1985 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia

Michael Zanone

Michael Zanone

Wine Scout Since: 2016
Favorite Wines:

Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay (White Burgundy)

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1990 Leroy, 1997 Harlan Estate

Sandro Moro

Sandro Moro

Wine Scout Since: 2016
Favorite Wines:

Cabernet, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Champagne

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1986 Domaine Leroy Richebourg

Arnaldo Burgos

Arnaldo Burgos

Wine Scout Since: 2016
Favorite Wines:

Love them all!

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1953 Oppenheimer Sacktrager Trockenbeeren Auslese

Zac Melendrez

Zac Melendrez

Wine Scout Since: 2017
Favorite Wines:

Northern Rhone Syrah, German Riesling, Cabernet and Burgundy

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1979 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon

Madeline Davis

Madeline Davis

Wine Scout Since: 2017
Favorite Wines:

Champagne, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & did I mention Champagne?

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1989 Chateau Margaux

Paige LaBue

Paige LaBue

Wine Scout Since: 2017
Favorite Wines:

Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1998 Cheval Blanc

Will Wright

Will Wright

Director of Sales:
Favorite Wines:

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Barolo & Champagne

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1985 Opus One

Lee Quick

Lee Quick

Wine Scout Since: 2018
Favorite Wines:

Grenache, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay (Chablis), Godello, and who doesn't love Bubbles?!

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1986 Spottswoode Family Estate Cabernet

Aleen Kovack

Aleen Kovack

Wine Scout Since: 2018
Favorite Wines:

Chardonnay, Champagne, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1978 Leroy Nuits St Georges

Brian Bock

Brian Bock

Wine Scout Since: 2018
Favorite Wines:

Pinot Noir, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1983 Silver Oak