OUR TEAM

Our team is made up of the true scribes of the Handwritten narrative; each brings a rich and unmistakable character to our human terroir. We believe our production team at Handwritten is the best in the Napa Valley. Led by Rob Lloyd, these are the artisans who craft our story and give it life everyday: Winemaker Bernardo Munoz-Alvarez, Cellar Master Zack Scott, and Cellar Crew Victor Barboza, Jim Nichols and Holiday Rider.

Tasting Room Manager Bill Miller, along with our knowledgeable and welcoming educators are here to provide exceptional experiences. At every level, from guiding you through accessing our allocated wines, to intimate tastings, to acting as your personal concierge when visiting the Napa Valley, we’re at your service.

Jay Aranda

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Dedicated Wine Liaison

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Vallejo, California

About: Jay cherishes the love of his large extended family and appreciates the priceless blessing of a tight-knit circle of friends. Having sailed the West Indies, traveled across Europe – ending with a two-year residence in Valencia Spain – he now enjoys the simple pleasures of basking in the warm California sun, sipping wine and being fully engrossed in a good book. Jay strives to live a life of “Service, Purpose, Meaning and Impact.” His motto: “Collect Moments Not Things.”

Christina Beverly

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Golden, Colorado

About: Christina first joined our work family back in 2008 after graduating from college in Colorado with degrees in hospitality and business administration. Upon moving to Napa Valley, she quickly realized her love of wine, food and unique experiences. She has enjoyed spreading her time over the years in various areas of the company, including the Tasting Gallery, Membership & Hospitality, Marketing and Administration. Her spare time is happily spent with her husband, Matt, and their beloved dog, Hamilton.

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Director of Business Development

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Honfleur, France

About: Frederick grew up in France, studied in the UK and Spain (where he met his Georgia Peach). After working several years in his own family businesses in hospitality & wine, he decided to move to the US and continue his family’s long tradition in the wine industry with Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Wines! He’s passionate about wine, fly fishing, food and kitesurfing.

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BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Hailing from a family of educators, scientists, and engineers with a passion for organic gardening, winemaking, and cooking, the stage was set for MikeC’s lifelong exploration to understand the inner workings of all things culinary. He has crafted his gastronomic skills managing a natural foods grocery and Sur la Table culinary programs, graduating with honors from the California Culinary Academy, owning three catering companies in two states, partnering as chef at a successful wine bar in Berkeley’s famed Gourmet Ghetto, and working for some of his chef heroes such as Martin Yan and Jamie Oliver.

MikeC was co-owner and executive chef of two highly successful home chef cooking schools in Berkeley, and has taught sold out classes in schools across the entire west coast. He is coauthor of “Kitchen on Fire: Mastering the Art of Cooking in 12 Weeks (or less)”, was producer and star of the “Mastering the Art of Knife Skills” DVD, and chef/host of the final season of the long running PBS cooking show series “Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet”.

In 2016 he joined two of his closest friends to launch Augie’s Montreal Smoked Meat, a producer of the finest Montreal style deli meats and sausages, where he is currently co-owner and COO. After consulting and creating unique culinary events for Jessup Cellars and Handwritten for almost a decade, he finally joined the team as their chef in the summer of 2021. In his spare time, you can find MikeC on one of his bikes exploring the backroads all around the Greater Bay Area.

Bailey Downing

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VP of Member & Guest Services

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Napa, California

About: Bailey is a graduate of Southern Oregon University where she played softball and is now happily “retired” from the sport. Her best vacation was a cruise to Mexico with three of her best friends. The “Burger from Hell” at the Coyote Bluff Café in Amarillo, TX is her most memorable culinary experience.

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

About: Growing up in Napa and having an older brother involved in the restaurant industry gave A.J. an appreciation early on for wine and food. That appreciation turned into a passion and now A.J. is currently doing his best to pursue the “good life” and share his love of wine and food with as many people as possible!

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BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Pitman, New Jersey

At heart an adventurer, Mary Kate has lived abroad for much of her adult life. Having moved to Spain at just 16, she fell in love with the way that travel can open both your mind and your world. While she considers Spain the home of her heart, she has also had fantastic experiences living in Thailand, France, Portugal, and Greece.

Her love of culture naturally led her to the world of wine, as she witnessed in her travels how beautifully people commune over a bottle, and how sharing a glass of wine is truly always an opportunity for connection.

Mary Kate has her Bachelor’s in International Relations, and her Master’s in Wine Tourism. In her free time, she is a huge literature nerd and loves to read and write. She also enjoys solo backpacking, playing her guitar, sewing, and exploring craft breweries.

Jessica Glosier

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: St. Charles, MO

One of the newest additions to our incredible hospitality team, Jessica found her love for wine through her experience in the restaurant industry and her travels. Her passions include wine, cheese, travel, hiking, cooking, and gardening.

“I have learned that having experiences is what makes me feel alive and almost every decision I have made in the last 10 years or so has been through the lens of or with the intent of gaining an experience that will shape me into the person I want to be. I have gone backpacking for 30 days in the Beartooth Wilderness of Montana, cultural exchange in France for 3 months, and moved 2500 miles away from my hometown and I feel like I’m just getting started.”

Ezekiel Hampton

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Vacaville, CA

Favorite Pairing: Handwritten ‘The Author’ w/ fresh, raw oysters

Zeke is a man with more passions than time can allow to explore fully. He discovered his love for wine in his 20s as he worked in restaurants and family wineries on the west coast while touring in a family band and completing his MBA on the side.

In addition to all of the sensory enjoyment from wine, Zeke loves, even more, its ability to facilitate hearty conversation and relational connection. He is a true cinephile whose joy peaks with indulgent and fanciful dinners.

When he’s not hosting guests at Handwritten, Zeke is usually in his home studio writing and producing music. He loves football, running, 80s/90s pop culture, old-school wrestling and also produces small batches of Petite Sirah with a friend.

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BIOGRAPHY

Bio coming soon!

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Social Media & Marketing

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Anaheim, California

About: Brian hails from sunny Southern California, making him a walking target whenever he dons his Dodger Blue in the Bay Area. In his free time he enjoys art, music and literature, and hopes to one day write an epic work of historical fiction. He studied History and Theology in college and sums up the meaning of life in the following quote: “After all these years, I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers, but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

Mike Lutz

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Dedicated Wine Liaison

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown:  Colusa, California

About: Mike has spent his entire career in hospitality. For 7 years he worked for some of the top private country clubs in both Scottsdale Arizona and Couer de’ Alene Idaho. It was those clubs where he discovered his passion for wine. For the past 8 years he has worked for a couple of wineries, but truly believes he has found his forever home. “The people here, from the members to the staff, are just amazing! I feel truly blessed to be a part of such an outstanding culture.” He and his wife reside in Sacramento where they both enjoy Sunday football days, and trying out new recipes together in the kitchen.

Virenda Mattson

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Personal Wine Curator

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Napa, CA

Vi grew up in Napa and is proud to be 4th generation. Her grandfather worked for Beringer Brothers for 30 years before purchasing his own vineyard in Redwood Valley, which is where Vi grew up. Vi attended Cal State studying Cultural Anthropology and then made her way back to Napa Valley.

Her love for the wine and hospitality industry really took flight while working for a local business in Yountville.

Vi spends her time with her three lovely daughters, her Handwritten team members and enjoying wine (especially bubbles!).

Tracy McArdle

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

About: Tracy says her most memorable culinary experience was the first time she had soft shell crab as a child. “I was so nervous but I took one bite and LOVED it! I can still see my mother’s grin.” She attributes her love of food and wine to her mother. Rome was her favorite vacation spot and recalls being mesmerized by the Sistine Chapel.

Bill Miller

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Tasting Room Manager

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: San Francisco, California

About: Bill was born in San Francisco, where most of his family still lives, and grew up just south of the City by the Bay in San Bruno, California. He moved to wine country in the early 90s to attend Sonoma State University where he got his degree in Communications Studies. In 2003, he moved to the Napa Valley with his husband Gary where they co-owned a marketing agency for 13 years. In his early 40s, Bill made a life career change because of his passion for wine and joined the wine business by working in a tasting room in Yountville, California.

It was a few years later when he visited Handwritten Wines as a guest and fell in love with all the experience and wines. At that point, he knew he had to a part of the Handwritten family! Bill joined the Good Life Wine Collective in October 2016 and finds great joy in hosting wine tasting experiences for Handwritten’s guests. In their private life, Bill and Gary love to travel. Recently, they visited France and fell in love with its food and wine culture. They look forward to traveling to more wine regions throughout the world in the near future.

When at home, Bill enjoys entertaining family and friends, gardening, being outside, and hanging out with their yellow English Labrador, Obi. Gary and Bill also own a wine tour transportation company called Wine Tasting Driver, offering designated driver services.

Bernardo Munoz

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Campeche, Mexico

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.

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Master of First Impressions

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA

About: Amy grew up in a large family. Nightly dinners and holiday gatherings were always centered around a grand array of great food and wine. It was these moments that first sparked her life’s ambition to become the ultimate party host.

After chasing a degree in both business administration and culinary arts, Amy realized that both of these fields come together in the restaurant industry. Soon she was travelling and working around the globe. It was with through these experiences that Amy found herself in the Napa Valley working at a popular locals spot. After meeting many of the valley’s winery workers it became very clear to her that there was only one winery that she wanted to work with – The Good Life Wine Collective.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, biking, yoga, tennis and snowboarding along with the joy of supporting her son’s baseball and basketball dreams. 

 

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Traveling Wine Educator

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Gulfport, Mississippi

Adrienne is a Southern Belle through and through, born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
She exudes hospitality in everything she does and has a vast background and broad knowledge in wine, sales, spirits, distribution and Southern charm.
Adrienne never meets a stranger and takes pride in building meaningful connections with all she meets in the tasting room and on the road.

Kimberly Skog

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Dedicated Wine Liaison

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

About: Kimberly brings over 20 years of dedicated wine experience & passion to the Good Life Wine Collective family. She loves anything to do with being outdoors – biking and hiking, boating and camping with her husband. Time with family is also incredibly important to Kimberly! She adores being a mother of two beautiful daughters and now she gets to enjoy her grandchildren.

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Traveling Wine Educator

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Jake is a Southern California native, where he spent most of his time on the beach and in the ocean.
Working in restaurants and hotels after school, Jake gained a passion for food and wine which led him to Napa Valley.
When he isn’t drinking wine or traveling, he enjoys fishing, surfing, and playing guitar.
He is so excited to get on the road and host some memorable in-home experiences with our incredible members!

Emily Wilkens

BIOGRAPHY

Hometown: Napa, California

About: Born and raised in Napa, Emily naturally made her way into the wine business and joined the Jessup Cellars and Handwritten family in January of 2017. She is passionate about raising her three kids and volunteering for their baseball, football and cheer teams – and cheering them on! She loves the outdoors and spending time on home projects here in beautiful Northern California.

Rob Lloyd

EXECUTIVE WINEMAKER ROB LLOYD

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’s goal is to craft rich, velvety wines that are accessible in their youth, yet have the structure to age for a very long time.” – Founders

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 Handwritten Wines 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 Jessup Cellars.

Tastings

Handwritten tasting experiences are available 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm by appointment only.

Member Circle

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Our Wines

It’s not just great fruit that makes great wine,  it’s also the care and attention of every hand that touches it.