Partner in Special Event Vino and a 5th generation Northern Californian, Ron has been involved in agriculture his entire life. Opting not to return to work on his Family’s dairy farm and cattle ranch, upon graduation from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Livestock Production Management, Ron took a Field Representative position with McCormick Schilling. His duties included overseeing the contracting, planting, growing, and harvesting of approximately 75,000 acres of row crops, from the Mexican border north, into Oregon. Ron left McCormick to manage the Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California, a diversified vegetable and produce company, with notoriety as being the world’s largest Garlic farm. While in Gilroy, Ron was one of the founding fathers, of the internationally renowned, Gilroy Garlic Festival.
From garlic to grapes, not as big a stretch as you might imagine. Premium wine grapes are now being grown Temecula to the Comlumbia Valley in Washington State. Ron’s background in ag and a sincere love of wine has brought him to combine his passions into a venture to create (and consume) phenominal wines and share the fruits of his efforts with an appreciative client base.
Partner in Special Event Vino and Founder of Vintage Beauties Wine, John fell in love with the art of winemaking in early 2000. Leaving behind a successful technology career, he learned the craft of making fine wines under the tutelage of some of the great winemakers in the Napa Valley including Thomas Brown. John’s first vintage was a modest endeavor, made from hand picked end-row Zinfandel grapes from a vineyard in Lodi, California. The entire experience, from harvesting perfectly ripened fruit to hand bottling 24 cases of wine was life changing. After the first sip of the fruits of his labor, he knew he had found his life’s passion. It was this decision that spawned the birth of Special Event Vino and sister company Vintage Beauties Wine.
In addition to Ron and John we have sought out a number of exceptional winemaking, marketing and creative talents to aid in preparing and launching this project. Together we are excited to present this exciting project.