After graduating from college Don went to work as an aerospace engineer on the Apollo Lunar Landing Project. In time Don became “Project Engineer for Lunar Mission Planning on the Apollo. After the second lunar landing he bought a small aluminum extrusion distributorship. The company is still run today by his family and it has become the largest manufacturer of shower enclosures in the country.
I grew up in upstate New York and moved to California soon after graduating college. I have worked in the TV/Movie business and advertising. The longest time spent in the telecommunications business in Sales Management until 2004 when I left the 9 to 5 world to be with Don, the love of my life.
Together we enjoy all the amenities offered by living in the Napa Valley, dining in great restaurants, visiting with friends and most of all walking and hiking with our dog through beautiful vineyards and the lovely mountains, which border the valley.
Thomas Rivers Brown
Don met Thomas Rivers Brown when he joined a small wine tasting group soon after moving to the valley. Thomas is considered to be the finest winemaker in the valley. We were thrilled when he offered to make Shibumi Knoll wines.
When we bought Shibumi Knoll from Vineyard 29, we were fortunate to inherit David Abreu as our vineyard manager. David has the reputation of being the finest vineyard manager in the country and he’s certainly brought to us excellent fruit vintage after vintage from our Cabernet vineyard.
Balthazar Ross AKA Bali
He was born on February 28th has four legs and a big toothy smile. He came to me on May 8th. My late husband Don Ross didn’t get to meet him but named him with a naturally big wine name. Balthazar is a 16-bottle bottle format of wine. Bali still has a lot to learn but he’s coming along nicely.
He is my oldest partner of 9 years and remains my steadfast companion. He’s been with me through all of these past challenging years offering unconditional love as only a beautiful big teddy bear of a Labrador can do. He’s Bali’s uncle and a true sweetheart.
Assistant/Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Erin joined the Shibumi Knoll team this past summer and has jumped right in to assist with projects large and small. Erin comes to us with a professional background in finance, operations and project management. She is a Northern California native who loves spending time in the Napa Valley, so joining Shibumi is the perfect marriage of work and fun. In her spare time Erin enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, traveling to New Orleans (her home away from home) and organizing anything she can get her hands on!
Scale Wine Group, Consultant
Desmond Echavarrie, Master Sommelier, has just come on board with Shibumi. We are so excited to work with him. He has so much knowledge, is a true professional and has a passion and a sense of fun that mirror all the elements that make Shibumi what it is today.
Des Echavarrie at 30, had accomplished more than many sommeliers achieve in a lifetime of service. He won the Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier U.S. competition in 2004 at age 22 and the U.S. Top New Somm competition in 2011. In 2012, after nearly nine years of study and exams, Des became the 197th person to earn the title of Master Sommelier. Des’s love for wine began after college while working at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. He secured an apprenticeship under Greg Tresner, MS and knew before he was old enough to legally drink that he would dedicate his life to learning about and sharing great wine. During his career as a sommelier he earned coveted spots on the wine teams of legendary restaurants. In 2011, he took a position at The French Laundry where he was introduced to Shibumi Knoll wines and became friends with Don Ross. After a year spent as senior wine advisor for rare wine merchant Soutirage, Des was ready to work on the producer side of the equation and joined Realm Cellars as Director of Sales in 2014. After successfully managing both wholesale and direct sales at Realm for several years, Des embarked on the most challenging endeavor of his career and launched Scale Wine Group. With a mission to help small dynamic wineries elevate their brand through wholesale strategy Des reconnected with Shibumi Knoll and now proudly represents the fruits of their Effortless Perfection throughout the US and abroad.