SHALINI SEKHAR is our winemaker. We met Shalini at ROAR Winery in San Francisco and were thrilled when she agreed in the spring of 2016 to spearhead Neely Wine as it enters a new decade of viticultural innovation and superb vinification. Her experience is manifold and impressive: after completing the post-baccalaureate enology program at Fresno State, she worked at Stags Leap Wine Cellars and then Williams Selyem, where she honed her Pinot Noir winemaking skills. She became cellar master at Copain Custom Crush (now Punchdown Cellars) and also worked at Bluxome Street Winery. She joined the team at ROAR as the Custom Crush Winemaker, making wines for Furthermore Pinot and Waits-Mast Family Cellars, among others. In 2015 she was named Winemaker of the Year at the San Francisco International Wine Competition for her work with Furthermore. She continues to make wine for Waits-Mast in San Francisco.
KEN SWEGLES is our viticulture consultant through Rhizos Viticulture and Wine Consulting. He is also associated with Coastal Range Vineyards, managing many regional vineyard properties.
SIMON NEELY is involved in both viticulture and winemaking. He first learned ranch and farm management skills at Deep Springs College near Bishop. After graduating from Stanford, he was a co-founder of Coyote Canyon, a Community Supported Agriculture provider in Morgan Hill. He then worked for Sweet Earth, a natural foods company in Watsonville. He keeps a herd of goats and is acknowledged to have the best wine palate in the family.
KIRK NEELY and HOLLY MYERS own Spring Ridge LLC and Neely Wine LLC. They met at Brown University and moved to Portola Valley in 1983 as he started his pediatric residency at Stanford, where he is still on the medical school faculty and the staff at Packard Children’s Hospital. Holly was once the school board president in town and has served on many non-profit boards, particularly of international refugee and family planning organizations.
KELLY YOUNG is Neely Wine’s marketing and sales consultant through his company California Appellation Wine Consulting. A native of the Bay Area, he held prior marketing and sales positions with E16 Wines, Fog Crest Vineyards, and Peter Paul Winery.
LUCY NEELY helps with administration and will place your wine orders. After graduating from Bates College in Maine, she lived in Mendocino County for 6 years, where she worked in a county program initiating community garden projects. She has an egg business, Windy Hill Eggery.