2017 James Beard Foundation Awards

The James Beard Foundation Awards have played a big part in my life. It was a special honor this year to be inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who.

To be inducted alongside a great California chef like Suzanne Goin, whose restaurants have played a huge part in supporting our wines, makes this moment all the more rewarding.

I’m most humbled to join my two greatest mentors, Larry Stone and Jim Clendenen, in receiving this honor. Larry set my palate and my work ethic on the course to become who I am today and Jim showed me the incredible terroir of Santa Barbara County and the Sta. Rita Hills. His wines played a huge part in the decision to start Sandhi.  I am inspired to continue being of service to others in our industry.