One of the most satisfying things about being a wine lover is discovering a new producer. Doing so helps you identify a new region and find a great bottle to add to your collection. The only thing better is doing it while the prices are still high.

The most dedicated individuals in the industry are wine shop owners. They put in a lot of time and effort to find the best possible bottles. A winemaker’s reputation is built on their ability to be inquisitive and acquisitive, which is very important to customers.

Rob Harrison, Fluent Wine Company

Rob Harrison’s path to Fluent began with Bill Harlan, who was responsible for leading an elite team that worked with some of the most prominent individuals in the industry. Despite the abundance of premium and First Growth wines from the Napa Valley, he could still showcase his wines at many of these dinners. One particular bottle that changed his life was a 1993 Chteau Haut-Brion Blanc. Harrison said this wine was so good that it overshadowed the vaunted reds that night.

Michael Brughelli, Brvghelli Wines

After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a double major in agricultural and wine production, Brughelli worked in various regions worldwide. After returning to California’s Central Coast, he focused his attention on the Santa Maria Valley. He was able to develop a passion for farming techniques that were designed to elevate the quality of the wine. Among his favorite sites was the Bien Nacido Vineyard, where he worked with some of the industry’s most prominent individuals, such as Chanin and Qua Non.

Suzanne Deal Booth, Bella Oaks

The Bella Oaks Vineyard, first planted in 1973 by Belle Rhodes and Barney Rhodes, was an exciting rumor in the wine industry. After news of the purchase was announced, a collective sigh of relief was brought to the people of the Valley when Suzanne Deal Booth purchased the property. According to Williams, the community was excited to see the property continue to be honored.