Since you've met the rest of the Rodenos, it's time to introduce myself. I'm Michaela. In spite of my name, I am Italian only by association with Gregory; ancestors make him 75% Italian. We married and eventually produced two great kids, Kate and John, both born here in Napa Valley. Even as a ragazzi John always loved wine; Kate likes it but usually prefers beer.
Back to me. I've had a wonderful career in the wine business, having been instrumental in creating two significant winery startups: Domaine Chandon in 1973, and St. Supéry in 1988. I retired in mid-2009 to devote myself to family, friends, tennis, gardening, and maybe even an insider's book about the last 40 years in the wine industry. Although I'm still thinking about it, the book is on hold now that I find myself back in harness, working to bring our family wine venture, Villa Ragazzi, to market. The internet, social media, no staff, no millions to invest -- launching a winery is very different this time around, but it's still fun!