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Our People

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Dustin
Tasting Room Manager

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He/Him

What I do at James Cole
Drink wine, describe wine, and entertain guests, but that only encompasses part of the job. In reality, it's to be flexible, wear many hats, and be ready for anything!

My Vibe in 3 Words:
Stories, Cars, Wisdom

Favorite Hobby
My favorite hobby, to no one's surprise who has spent more than ten minutes around me, is cars. I love cruising in them, exploring their limits on track, restoring them to their former glory, and especially detailing them to make them shine! 

Favorite James Cole Wine
Hands down, Privado. The complexity that Cabernet Franc brings, coupled with the elegance of Merlot, really speaks to the balance of flavors and texture I desire in a bold red wine.
 
Favorite Food Pairing

My favorite wine pairing has to be Il Mostro with slow smoked, baby back ribs. The way the dark fruits and spice of the wine pairs with the savory flavors of the ribs is pure comfort food decadence.

Favorite Album
This is quite a hard choice, but if I'm being honest and since "Greatest Hits" albums were not against the rules, it's got to be Journey's Greatest Hits. I know all the words to every song and still listen to this album in my car alone, singing at the top of lungs! 

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Kate H
Tasting Room

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She/Her

What I do at James Cole
I work on a beautiful property, surrounded by gorgeous gardens, and pour exceptionally good wine for a living. I can’t ask for much more than that!

My Vibe in 3 Words:
Romantic, artist, traveler

Favorite Hobby
Riding my bike while blasting old school reggae on warm sunny days. Toots and the Maytals is my favorite band for this activity, and everyone always laughs and smiles when they hear the music passing by. 

Favorite James Cole Wine
IL Mostro continues to be my favorite wine year after year. I’m a total sucker for dynamic balance of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
 
Favorite Food Pairing

Chardonnay and freshly popped popcorn with Kerrygold butter.

Favorite Album
‘Desire’ by Bob Dylan. My dad first played this for me while driving up from SF to Calistoga when I was a kid in the 1980s. The whole album is full of ballads that tell exciting stories of adventure, love, and mysticism. We would talk about every song and what it meant, both literally and poetically.

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Kate K
Tasting Room

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She/Her

What I do at James ColeI give guests an educational yet playful wine experience, set in the beautiful and magical estate of James Cole winery. They enjoy elegant wines that marry both styles of the old and new world, with the guidance of a hospitable sommelier.

My Vibe in 3 Words:
Intellectual, compassionate, and reliable

Favorite Hobby
Tennis

Favorite James Cole Wine
Privado for everyday, but if I’m in the mood to make it fancy, then Suede.
 
Favorite Food Pairing

Il Mostro with bacon wrapped figs stuffed with goat cheese.

Favorite Album
The 2007 Studio Album by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

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Patrick
Tasting Room

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He/Him

What I do at James Cole
I get to work with the coolest people in Napa Valley, sharing our amazing creations with the world.

My Vibe in 3 Words:
Silly, caffeinated, empathetic.
 

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Ed
General Manager

Pronouns
He/Him

What I do at James Cole
I get to support a group of amazing people make, serve, and sell beautiful wines.

My Vibe in 3 Words:
Like being useful.

Favorite Hobby
Wild, reckless travel.

Favorite James Cole Wine
2005 Malbec
 
Favorite Food Pairing

Malbec and roasted lamb neck.

Favorite Album
Easy Living by Paul Desmond

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Bertus
Winemaker

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He/Him

What I do at James Cole
I manage all of the winemaking activities from grape to bottle with our awesome cellar team. I also work closely with our vineyard management partners at the estate and our grower partners to ensure we receive the highest quality grapes for our program.

My Vibe in 3 Words:
Adventurous, Curious, Positive

Favorite Hobby
Hiking

Favorite James Cole Wine
Each of the James Cole wines hold a special place in my heart. These winter months had me reaching for Privado and Umbral though I am very excited about the release of the 2021 Pinot Noir.
 
Favorite Food Pairing

I am a sucker for butter basted rib-eye steak with fresh thyme with any of our wines.

Favorite Album
Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach

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grace
Marketing manager

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She/They

What I do at James Cole
When I'm not behind the camera lens, you can find me tending to the Wine Club and making sure you hear about everything happening at James Cole.

My Vibe in 3 Words:
Driven, Creative, Nurturing

Favorite Hobby
Spending time outdoors.

Favorite James Cole Wine
I could drink nothing but our Rosé from now until eternity.
 
Favorite Food Pairing

Fried Chicken and Rosé

Favorite Album
It's a tie between Etta James – At Last! or Jim Croce – I've Got A Name

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Shawna
Marketing and Content Coordinator

Pronouns
She/Her

What I do at James Cole
Creatively promoting some of the best wines in the Napa Valley!

My Vibe in 3 Words:
Perceptive, compassionate, quirky

Favorite Hobby
Creative writing, yoga

Favorite James Cole Wine
Malbec
 
Favorite Food Pairing

Crab legs, butter and a bottle of Chardonnay :)

Favorite Album
On the Beach - Neil Young 

 

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