As the Eastern Regional manager for PlumpJack and CADE wineries, Scot Gaffney distinguishes himself at winemaker dinners not only for providing guests with detailed information on the wines he represents, but personally providing the dinner music as well.
Scot, a Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators, is also an accomplished musician known for playing his saxophone at dinners.
“It may not seem pertinent,” he notes, “yet it gives guests another reason to remember the wines they enjoyed with their meal and music.”
A native New Yorker, the 20-year wine industry veteran is now a resident of Florida. He has traveled extensively through wine country in Italy, Spain, Portugal and California, and has bittersweet memories of completing Kevin Zraly’s wine course at Windows on The World restaurant in Manhattan’s World Trade Center before the buildings were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Scot, a graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego, currently lives in Parkland, Florida with his wife and their two children.
An invaluable part of the PlumpJack family since 2011, Sandra Roberts serves as the Director of Sales for PlumpJack, CADE and Odette Estate Wineries. Sandra is charged with overseeing all wholesale operations, as well as strategic planning for the three wineries. She contributes a wealth of experience from her two distinguished decades in the wine industry— having served as the first female executive for a prominent distributor in the Southeastern US to national sales positions for some of California’s most esteemed wineries.
Sandra spends more than half of her time as our fearless road warrior, visiting customers around the country. “Wine Sales isn’t something done remotely,” she says. “It’s a relationship business and requires a ‘feet on the street’ approach to share our story, bring a sense of our vineyards and our passion for winemaking to our customers.”
Sandra takes advantage of her hectic travel schedule by seeking out delightful wine and food experiences in every market. In her spare time, she pursues international adventures—everything from following the old Irish hunt trails on horseback to traversing the Dalmatian Coast by bike. At home in Napa, she enjoys gardening, rooting for her LSU Tigers during football season, cooking, hiking and exploring the outdoors with her 150-pound puppy (and the official winery dog of Odette), Sophie.
Architect Juan Carlos Fernandez worked hand-in-hand with the Odette winemaking team to create a state-of-the-art winery whose simple, striking design reflects a straightforward, sustainable approach to winemaking. Their shared vision of environmental responsibility helped Odette become the first organically farmed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley. Building elements include concrete with integral earth colors, steel made from 98 percent recycled material and hundreds of square feet of glass for a well-lit working environment that conserves energy. “I try to stay away from nonrenewable materials,” Fernandez says. “We need our natural resources to continue building into the future.”
After earning his Professional Degree in Architecture from ITESO, a private university in Guadalajara, Fernandez traveled extensively for projects all over the world, some of which include a golf clubhouse in Mexico, a concept house in Japan, a guest house in Millbrook, New York, and a residence for a member of the Mondavi family in Calistoga, California. He has also contributed to the design of several professional buildings and residences in Napa Valley, as well as two other wineries. Fernandez has been a registered architect in Mexico since 1992.