Paul Rogerville, Proprietor/Winemaker
After 25 years in the financial and corporate world, Paul spent the last 20 as owner of a successful construction company. Somewhere amidst running a business built on brick, concrete and plaster, he made the trek to Napa and thus began his love affair with grapes. In 1989, his friend Pat Smith introduced Paul to home winemaking and ten years later they made their first wine together.
Paul used the majority of his free time over the past decade or so to make wine and expand his knowledge through classes at UC Davis, hands-on training and working with other accomplished winemakers. He has begun moving away from construction in order to become a full-time vintner, his true passion.
Kristie Tacey, Consulting Winemaker
After completing her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in 1996, Kristie Tacey spent the first 10 years of her career as a research scientist in the biotech field. In 2006, Kristie jumped over to the wine industry, where she quickly established herself in the East Bay wine scene, first as assistant winemaker for Lost Canyon and later as part of the winemaking team at JC Cellars. She has achieved her Certificate in Winemaking from UC Davis, as well as, becoming a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). In 2009, Kristie started her own label, Tessier Winery, which focuses on small lots of Pinot Noir, Grenache and Viognier.
Farley Walker, Manager, Marketing & Communications
While earning an MA in creative writing, Farley Walker decided to put that degree to use in the wine business. She passed the introductory sommelier exam while working on her thesis and moved to California in 2006 to work at Thomas Fogarty Winery. She later went to Rosenblum Cellars, where she managed the tasting room, coordinated events, revived the consumer education series and wrote extremely popular themed tasting menus every week. In addition, she has penned a regular newspaper column on wine, written two successful wine blogs and assisted multiple wineries and non-profit organizations with marketing and promotional materials. Farley has been writing for Cuvée since 2011 and also helps out with the wine club and tasting room.
Emiddio Justin Massa, Cellarmaster
After completing his B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University in 2011, Justin began working in a tasting room in Upstate New York while preparing to take the MCAT and apply to medical school. He was quickly drawn to the artistry and science of winemaking and, within a few weeks, shifted his career focus from medicine to a career in wine. In 2014, after working several years in sales and management, Justin uprooted himself from New York and moved to California with the dream of finally getting his hands dirty in wine production. Since living in California, Justin has found a new passion in small-lot, artisanal, urban winemaking and plans to continue his career in this exciting niche in the wine industry.
Patrick Smith, Winemaker
Pat moved to the Bay Area to attend Menlo College and Stanford University in 1957 after a stint in the Marine Corps. He joined the banking world after a year-and-a-half venture in the Reno, Nevada, casino scene. In 1983, Pat became interested in winemaking and went on to earn numerous amateur awards. He attended various UC Davis winemaking classes during his nearly 30-year winemaking career.