Elyse Winery - Our Team

Our Team

Our Proprietors

Josh Peeples

A native of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Josh Peeples moved to San Francisco in the late nineties, where he co-founded a start-up focusing on pre-order management software for the beverage industry. Napa Valley sparked a curiosity about the wine industry and led him to move to wine country, where he has been ever since. Shortly thereafter he launched his first wine label, which concentrated on Bordeaux varietals from such famed vineyards as Beckstoffer To Kalon. For nearly two decades, he has directed sales and marketing efforts for luxury brands alongside some of the world's leading winemakers. In addition to Elyse, Josh is a partner in Addax Wines, Standard Deviation Wines, Institution, and Out East.

Cheryl Foil

Born in Fremont, CA and growing up in Washington, D.C., Cheryl started out in the tech startup world as a software developer. She moved on to be Chief Technology Officer of two software companies in the natural language processing space and created the first artificial intelligence to ever garner an Emmy nomination. After transitioning to a career in Venture Capital primarily focused on real estate and construction technology, she took a leap of faith and moved to Napa Valley to become part of the Elyse Winery story. Cheryl is also a founding partner in Standard Deviation Wines.

Beaux

Anyone who has ever visited Napa knows that every winery must have a dog. Keeping the tradition of being a dog-friendly winery, Beaux is an English Labrador Retriever from Monterey, California, that is eager to join the Elyse team as a Tasting Room Associate.


Our Winemaker

Russell Bevan

Russell and Josh have worked together since 2010. Russell has earned over 15 100-point wines in his career, including the world's only 100-point wine in 2011.

"I continue to be blown away by the wines from Russell Bevan...These are by no means shy wines, but their richness and complexity are remarkable. Despite their massive size, concentration and density, they reveal tremendous polish, finesse and elegance." - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Winemaking & Cellar Team

Hailing from Perth, Australia, and formally in a rock band, Nate Reeves has made wine under the direction of Josh and Russell for 4 years and has his own Australian wine label, Out of Step. Nate is a master whiskey blender and enthusiastic surfer.

Nathan Reeves

Associate Winemaker

Hailing from Southeast Missouri, before joining Elyse, Faith managed cellars for five years under the direction of acclaimed winemakers Russell Bevan and Sarah Francis. She loves to fish in the San Francisco bay and hang out on the crush pad with her dog, Polly.

Faith Raymer

Cellarmaster

Originally from Torreón, in Coahuila, Mexico, he began in the vineyard at Whitehall Lane and was soon recruited by Elyse Winery to work in the cellar. Chano has been a part of every vintage of Elyse wine.

Ponciano Delgado

Cellar Assistant

Elyse Estate & Hospitality

Khristopher is a self taught wine enthusiast who has been imbedded into the Napa Valley wine and restaurant culture for more than 20 years. When not at the winery, his true love is cooking and entertaining at home with his beautiful wife and two daughters.

Khristopher Lund

Director of Client Sales

Mike has run sales and managed many well-known institutions of Napa Valley, including Joseph Phelps, Mark Herold, Pride, and Merus. He is a Pisces and an avid Skeeball Player.

Mike Loberg

National Sales

Melissa is a Napa Valley native who has been in hospitality for 25 years, most famously at Napa's beloved Oxbow Wine Merchant. In her spare time she leads the children's choir at St. Helena Choral Society.

Melissa Bond

Wine Club Manager

Laura is a retired Human Resources professional from Silicon Valley. Her love of wine and hospitality brought her to Napa Valley. She spends her time biking and hiking around Napa and Sonoma counties and traveling to visit her two grown daughters.

Laura Mills

Tasting Room Associate

Garett is a Napa Valley native who has spent 20 years in the luxury wine and restaurant space, including Thomas Keller Restaurants and Garguilo Wines. He also has his own bespoke wine brokerage business, Sharing Wines. Garett loves sports and time outdoors, especially skiing and tennis.

Garett Lyon

Tasting Room Associate