Raised as one of eight siblings in Oakland, California, Raymond worked his way
through life, from being a journalism major, grocery store manager, and also worked
in the local shipyards. One of his earliest winery experiences was one of reaching out
to help another. While spending the night at a friend's winery, he was summoned
along with others at 4AM. The goal was to help a neighboring winery with a low-lying
vineyard avoid a fruit-destroying frost situation. He found it both heartwarming and
humbling that they were helping the competition, but realized this is what
neighboring wineries do - they help one another.
He started making wines for others at that time, and for 20 years he has been
making wine, commercially for the last four of them. He experienced a crush gone
bad at a custom crush facility and decide to take the reins to better control his
destiny. Another of his strengths is to make difficult fruit shine, as we all know not
every vintage blesses us with the best fruit!