Chris Dearden has been crafting fine wines in Napa Valley for over 25 years. Wine has been a part of his family life since childhood, where it was served regularly at dinner as a celebration of everyday meals. The third generation Californian was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley town of Porterville and always had an aptitude and love for agriculture and life sciences.
When it came to choosing a college, Chris discovered a great way to combine these two disciplines and artistry in the field of Enology and Viticulture at UC Davis. To achieve this goal, Chris developed his own major, Winery Operations and Management. Upon graduation, and after several internships with wineries and research positions at UC Davis, he came directly to the Napa Valley and has never looked back.