We (Steve and Luci) are partners in life and in business. We met in 2005 and have spent most of our time in the San Francisco Bay Area.
When we met, one of our shared interests was hot-climate, full-bodied, distinctive red wines. During the 2006 harvest, we helped a Lodi, California grape grower and winemaker crush and press his estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and other varietals. It was our first time on the front lines of wine making, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Each subsequent year, we got more involved in the wine making process. Eventually, we picked, crushed, pressed, punched, tested, topped, analyzed, oaked, racked, blended, filtered, bottled, corked, capped, labeled, packed, shipped, poured, inventoried, marketed and tasted lots of wines.
We've visited countless wineries and tasting rooms throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Texas; spent lots of money on wine; maintained a valuable wine cellar; developed sophisticated palates; belonged to 30+ wine clubs; attended countless wine club events, public wine festivals and private events; hosted many wine tasting evaluations for the Wine Tasting Institute; worked in vineyards, tasting rooms, barrel rooms, laboratories, crush pads and warehouses; and learned what we like and don't like about wines and tasting rooms.
Many people encouraged us to parlay our knowledge, passion and connections into our own winery. In the fall of 2015, we moved to Oregon to open Bravura Cellars, and we brought some great big red wines with us. We hope you'll visit us at our tasting room in Newberg.