About Selby Winery
My family's love for land and wine goes back decades. My parents
grew up in South Bend, Indiana, in the midst of honest seasons and
fertile farmland. After Dad served in Vietnam as a helicopter combat
surgeon, our family moved to Texas in the 1970's. So what does this
have to do with wine?
Simply put, Dad loved wine as much as his medical career. He was
quite a connoisseur. Big and powerful, famous or unknown, delicate
or sublime, Dad loved it all. He enjoyed wine before it was fashionable,
and loved it even more when he had his own vintages to share with
his family, friends and the rest of the world.
Dad shared his passion for wine with me. He encouraged me to taste
all sorts of wine when I was growing up, and enthralled me with the
history and romance of winemaking.
In the 80's, my parents took numerous trips to the wine country
and by 1990, my father dreamed of having the Selby label.
Perhaps it was a bit of his dream that rubbed off on me. It just
took me a while to realize my calling. I pursued a career in marketing
and development after receiving a BA in economics from Vanderbilt
University, followed by a MBA from George Washington University.
Still, it wasn't until I helped my father with one or two wine projects
that I seized the opportunity to get in the business. It was then
that I began to learn how to make wine, leaving the corporate world
Sadly, my father passed away in 1997 but I decided to learn everything
I could by doing it myself. I began as a tasting room manager, then
moved into marketing and compliance. I learned about the mechanics
of winemaking and became a cellar rat, so I could work with barrels
and wine, drive a forklift, manage a cellar and warehouse, and help
with harvest and crush. From there, I became an assistant winemaker,
thus learning the finer techniques of winemaking.
Selby Winery is the result of many years of hands-on labor: in its
own facility with a library of award-winning wines and a coterie of
supporters. From our very first vintage, which was 150 cases of 1993
Chardonnay, I've been doing what I love.
I've come a long way since those early days, and I wouldn't be telling
the truth if I didn't say that I encountered more than a few obstacles.
Through it all, however, there's always been one truth. I love wine.
I only make wines I love to drink. That's why I'm in the business
of winemaking today.