Kent Humphrey Winemaker & Owner of Eric Kent Wine Cellars
Sharon Harris - Rarecat Wines
I FELL IN LOVE WITH WINE IN BORDEAUX WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD, A TIME WHEN I WAS OBSESSED WITH SPEAKING FRENCH AND LIVING ABROAD. BORDEAUX WAS NOT WHERE I WANTED TO STUDY BUT FATE INTERVENED AND THAT'S WHERE I WENT.
Although there to study French, I learned everything important in life through my experiences in Bordeaux: an appreciation of fine food and wine, and a joie de vivre one gets from sharing those things with friends.
Most people have long lists of accolades that define their life’s successes. For me, it is quite the opposite, my successes have been a result of fortuitous introductions, the ability to make ideas happen, and a willingness to try new things. My love of food and wine directly stem from naive gumption, charm, and a desire to learn, all of which led me to my first wine experience at Haut Brion, then to living with France’s most famed cheese making family, and to a cooking internship under the wings of Amat, a famous 2 star chef in Bordeaux, my first fine culinary experience.
I have had the desire to be in the wine industry for decades, but getting to Napa Valley has been like taking windy back roads more than efficient toll roads. I spent many years working in executive positions in publishing, advertising, and technology, luckily very successfully, before earning the ability to trade computers for vineyards.
Recently, the hardest thing I have accomplished is graduating with honors from the Universite de Bordeaux’s famed D.U.A.D. program, a technical oenology diploma taught in French. I now live in Napa Valley, married with two great kids. My passion is building connections between the women of Napa Valley and Bordeaux and the rest of the world. Our family co-owns Amici Cellars. Rarecat is my first rare beauty.