THE TEAM BEHIND THE WINES
Karen & John Troisi - Owners/Proprietors
John and Karen were both born and raised in New Jersey. Their diverse backgrounds in the food industry (John's in R&D/Operations and Karen's in Sales/Marketing) for a major CPG company, set the foundation for their winemaking journey. They first fell in love with the Napa Valley in the 1980's and in 2004 launched Jean Edwards Cellars (a combination of their two middle names). On their initial release Wine Spectator Magazine named them as "one of twenty new cabernet producers to watch" in their annual cabernet issue - and since that time, Karen and John have expanded their portfolio to include multiple cabernet sauvignon wines, malbec, merlot, petite sirah, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and rose'. When asked what's the Jean Edwards Cellars style of wine - with a wink and a smile their response is "wines that will pair well with food... wines that you will want to open and share with good friends... but you will want to keep the bottle at your end of the table."
Kian Tavakoli - Winemaker
Kian is a graduate of UC Davis and has nearly 30 years of winemaking experience. He started his career at Opus One where he spent 4 years and then moved on to become assistant winemaker at Clos du Val. Kian spent 8 years with Clos du Val were he became the winemaker for their red wine reserve program. In 2004, Kian left to start his own wine consultancy company and it was perfect timing as we were forming Jean Edwards Cellars. Kian has been with us each step of the way since 2004. A humble yet very accomplished winemaker, Kian has an exceptional palate. In 2017 and in 2018, Kian was named by Napa Valley Life Magazine as one of the "top 3 winemakers in Napa Valley" and he was a finalist once again for this honor in 2020. When Kian is not busy in the winery, he is actively involved with the Napa Valley Swim Team (along with his wife and 3 children). Kian is also a martial arts black belt and an avid Star Wars fan. We are proud to call Kian our winemaker, friend and colleague.
Jessica Saldana - Tasting Room Manager
You'll be greeted with a warm and infectious smile and welcomed into our tasting room by Jessica. She leads a strong team that will share their knowledge of our wines and love of wine country with you. Jess started her wine career with Naked Wines before moving to PureCru Napa Valley as a tasting room associate. She first poured our wines at the "Wines on First" tasting collective in downtown Napa, became our tasting room manager at our Sonoma Plaza tasting room and continues to lead our team in our new Napa location. Jess is a life-long Oakland A's fan. She shares her love of wine with her partner in life (Cameron) who just happens to be a chef. She is also an awesome mom to her son (Maddox) and daughter (Harlow).
Barbara Stauder - Tasting Room Associate
Strike up a conversation with Barbara and you'll feel like you've known her forever - and you're sure to make a new friend. Barb was born in New York and grew up in Miami. She is a former flight attendant - as you can probably guess, she loves to travel in her spare time. Barb and her husband (Bob), have lived in wine country for over 13 years. Barb joined our team at our prior tasting room in Sonoma. She's worked in the wine industry for the past 9 years and prior to joining us, Barb worked at Cline Cellars.
Karie Hays - Tasting Room Associate
Karie joined our Napa tasting room team in February, 2021. Karie has a well-rounded background in wine having previously headed-up the wine program at the Sonoma Cheese Factory, working for Beringer in St. Helena and for several years at Andretti Winery in Napa. Karie holds her WSET-1 certification and will share her knowledge of wine and her love of Napa Valley with you. In her leisure time, Karie enjoys music, cooking and family time - she and her husband (Alan) are dedicated Oakland A's fans.
Paul Torre - Tasting Room Associate
Paul joined the Jean Edwards team in July, 2021. He joined the wine industry after retiring from a long career as an engineer in the energy industry, Paul has previously worked at Cliff Lede, Beringer and Andretti Wineries. Paul and his wife (Joanna) live in Napa. In his spare time, Paul enjoys biking, skiing and tennis.
Jack Dennis - Tasting Room Associate
Jack joined us in April, 2021 after working for several years at Andretti Winery in Napa. Jack lives locally in Napa and if you need a suggestion on where to eat or things to do in Napa - just ask Jack!
Cooper - Winery Dog
Cooper is is a bit of a diva, very smart and a very spoiled fur kid. He even has his own line of wines called Cooper's Cuvee - his petite sirah is called Blackpaw and his rose' is called Red Collar Rose' (because black labs always wear red collars).
You should only make wines you love to drink...