Our winemaker, Daniel Person
Born and raised in Chicago (shi-kä’-go), Daniel left his proverbial home in the prairies after catching the wine bug. At the age of 21, he began hanging around the local wine shop, collected bottles from strange French châteaux and Italian villas. While his food budget was slowly funneled toward this habit, he decided his plan to study medicine may require some revision.
Around this time, his father, Mark Person, another oenophile in his own right, planned a trip to Napa Valley to show Daniel what the region had to offer. After which, momentum took over and Daniel packed his car and never looked back. He surfed couches until finding employment in the laboratory of Clos du Bois in Geyserville. After 15 months, he headed back to school in the form of UC-Davis for Viticulture and Enology. Daniel studied under Dr. Douglas Adams, focused on phenolics and amino acids during ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon.
While at UC-Davis, he was fortunate to receive a scholarship to work in Burgundy, at the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, a prestigious producer of wine from several grand cru vineyards. He followed this up by working in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, for one of their oldest wineries, Vidal Wines.
Upon returning to California, he worked for Philippe Melka, a French consultant who produces some the best cult wines in Napa. Working under Philippe, Daniel found what Napa wines truly had to offer, what their wonderful potential tasted like and how they are produced. It was during this vintage that Treasure Wines was born, as a partnership between Daniel, his father Mark, and Patricia Novosel. All three love great Napa wines and wanted a vehicle to produce their own luxurious, opulent piece of the Napa Valley.
Our Winemaker, Daniel’s, key experiences:
- Domaine de la Romanee-Conti
- Vidal Wines
- Philippe Melka