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Richard and his family jumped at the opportunity to move to Napa Valley in 1995 from Dallas/Fort Worth while he was pursuing his MBA.

His interest in wine began while travelling Europe each summer during high school when he would visit his father who lived in Munich.

In 1991, he enrolled in a winemaking class during his senior year at UC Santa Cruz. “I remain fascinated by the complexity of converting an agricultural crop into a world class luxury product – every vintage is unique and ultimately subject to consumer taste.” Richard has invested himself deeply in Napa County, having served as an elected official and continuing to serve on several non-profit boards.

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