Rob's foray into wine started directly after graduating college (for the first time), when he came to Napa to work in a tasting room for the summer before getting a "real job". He became fascinated with wine and the science of winemaking, and began to learn everything he could about the process. While interviewing for a "real job", the interviewer asked him what he had been doing with his time since graduation. After speaking passionately (and at length) about wine, the interviewer said "You seem to love that so much. Why do you want this job?" Rob realized he didn't want it, actually. He thanked the man, and thus began a career in the wine industry. Rob has since earned his MS in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California Davis and worked for many prestigious wineries including Cakebread, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, La Crema and Rombauer. Rob began crafting Handwritten Wines in the 2009 season and took the position of Director of Winemaking at Jessup Cellars in 2010.