After studying chemistry at UC Santa Barbara, winemaker Jonathan Keyes dropped out of college to take his first winery job with California's ultimate boutique winery, Sine Qua Non. He then traveled to Australia, honing in his winemaking skills down under with Two Hands Winery in the Barossa Valley. He then returned to assume the position of Cellar Master at Napa Valley's Outpost Wines, under the guidance of winemaker Thomas Brown. Currently, Jon is making wine for winemaking pioneer, Mark Herold.
Though he has a remarkable resume, the person he is inspired by the most is his wife. When Kaitlyn had a desire to start an Albariño label, Jon couldn’t wait to begin another fun project. And that’s exactly what this project is, fun! Since Jon dropped out of college to pursue his passion for wine, Dropout was a fitting name. It’s also a bit ironic because Kaitlyn is a 1st grade teacher and a strong proponent of education. Cheers!
The first thought Blake has every morning is artistic. Art inspires him, Art compels him, Art completes him.
From his youth in Napa, he’s found ways to express his artistic vision in every element of life. Progressing from crayons to pencils to watercolors, the core always remains an artist’s view of reality. Or of realities that ought to be.
Comic books remain a powerful source of his art. Their ability to turn images into stories affects him powerfully. The structure of the narrative of a story told primarily through images drives him to expand the possible.
The glass bottles of wine to him, as they were to one of his heroes - Rene Magritte, become a medium of artistic expression. Where the master Magritte used oils, Blake uses DecoColor opaque paint markers to turn an ordinary bottle into a piece of exceptional art. Blake’s clients for art bottles include famous wineries, athletes, musicians and corporations. But none of these compare to his love for the kids of DrawBridge - a charity for underprivileged children to which he devotes his time on a regular basis. Teaching art to those whose lives are so often bereft of beautiful things is his strongest motivation.
Inevitably, Blake has become inspired to make the wine inside the bottle as artistic as the exteriors he create. Rebellium Wines are his ultimate expression of his visions both artistic and in the blending of the exceptional vintages to which he has access. When one holds a bottle of Rebellium, one holds a piece of art - both inside and outside the bottle.
Juan Porter has over 25 years combined customer, vendor, and consultant experience, which enables him to bring unmatched insight into the strategic impact of performance management solutions as well as in-depth understanding of the day-to-day realities of managing client needs. He has served as a member of the Oracle Hyperion Partner Advisory Council, was the chair of Hyperion’s national steering committee, and has led many Hyperion enhancement committees and user groups. Recognized as a thought leader, Juan presents regularly at various industry events. He has also authored a number of articles and blogs for various industry publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Taylor University.
As an icon of generosity and a board member of Hands Across the Valley, a non profit benefiting the Napa food Bank, Juan's knowledge of the technology industry is only matched by that of his experience in premium Napa Valley wine and giving back to the community.