2016 du Pape
In 2004, after over twenty-three years in the Pharmaceutical / Biotech sector, serendipity played a significant role in Jim's life. Upon being relocated to Washington from California, Jim's new team, knowing he loved wine, presented him with a basket of fine Washington wines to show him that superior wines were indeed produced "outside" California.
And thus was a new chapter in life begun. It just so happened that one of the selections in that basket was an excellent Pleasant Hill Cellars 2001 Columbia Valley Cabernet, which Jim thoroughly enjoyed. Asking where he could acquire more of this excellent wine and as chance would have it he was told that Pleasant Hill Cellars was having an event the following weekend and that he could not only pick up another bottle, but spend time at the winery and meet Larry Lindvig; owner and award winning winemaker.
Long story short, Jim began helping Larry at the winery, learning cellar operations and how to make small lots of fine wine. After gaining further training from U.C. Davis, Jim launched Icon Cellars in the Spring of 2010.