As the son of an executive father who traveled and entertained, Joe became interested in wine in his early teens when he began reading wine lists during business dinners as a means to pass the time. By the time he was 19, he purchased his first wine cellar from a private collector which fortuitously was filled with 1961 Bordeaux first growth wines. He began reading everything he could find about wine, including then-popular magazines, Wine World and Vintage.
After graduating from Villanova, he became a commissioned officer in the Navy and an intelligence officer for the Sixth Fleet. Stationed in the Mediterranean gave Joe further chance to study Spanish, French and Italian wines.
After leaving the Navy, Joe contemplated a career in wine or law. He enrolled in law school specializing in victim advocacy near the University of California, Davis and satisfied his wine interests by volunteering to work harvests in Napa Valley.
A true wine collector and enthusiast, Joe is confident he has tasted every significant wine produced from 1900-2000.
JIM BARBOUR Viticulturist
Jim Barbour was raised on his family's ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of farming, a passion for land and the understanding that hard work breeds success.
After graduating from the University of California, Davis, Jim returned to Napa Valley to begin a career that would lead him to become one of the regions most sought-after viticulturists. For over 30 years, he has been dedicated to his craft, producing premium wine grapes using traditional and contemporary hand-farming methods. Jim has planted and manages many prominent vineyards in the valley, including Hundred Acre, Grace Family, Checkerboard, Blankiet, Revana, Gandona Estate, The Vineyardist, DR Stephens Estate, and more. His storied tradition continues with his work on the Harbison Estate.