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 spent the majority of his free time over the past decade or so making wine and expanding 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.
Thomas Pitchon, Winemaker
Thomas began his wine journey in 1999, as a cellar worker at Clos LaChance Winery in Saratoga. There he helped produce 60,000 cases of premium Santa Cruz Mountains fruit, sourced mainly from small local plots. He left in 2001 to pursue his enology degree from Fresno State University. After graduating in 2003, Thomas joined the cellar crew at Rosenblum Cellars. The following year he became Jeff Cohn’s assistant and was promoted to winemaker in 2005 upon Cohn’s departure. When Rosenblum was sold to a larger company, Thomas was inspired to venture out and start his own label. His love for Rhone varietals led him to the up-and-coming AVA of Paso Robles, and Thomas Alexander Winery was born in 2009.
Originally from Palo Alto, Thomas is happy to be back on the peninsula, where the weather is cooler and the grapes are amazing. 2015 will be his 17th harvest. When he is not refining his winemaking techniques, Thomas enjoys brushing up on his barbequing skills.
Farley Walker, Communications Manager
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. She started her journey at Thomas Fogarty Winery and then 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.
When she isn't writing about wine, Farley spends her time singing with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, tending to her garden, and chasing after her crazy dogs.
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.