ABOUT JIM: As a professional athlete, everything is about wins and losses, and even though this intense competition is extremely rewarding, I realized after retiring from the NHL that wine brought me something that was very different, but just as fulfilling. A games’ final score can be so “black and white,” and while wine is scored and rated, it is the many various intangible rewards that I have grown to love. Wine is about the art, the process and the creation, as much as it is about the results. It brings the day-to-day challenge of striving for the best but also offers the artistic element of working alongside Mother Nature. Wine’s intrigue is so encompassing that I literally can’t wait for the next chance to create something special with critically acclaimed winemaker Mike Smith -- and taste that next glass of Patiné!
Jim has been with the Los Angeles Kings organization since 1980. After a successful 10 year playing career with the Los Angeles Kings, Jim reached as high as 5th on the Kings all-time points list and currently sits 9th. In 1990, he continued off-ice as the team’s director of community relations and, subsequently, as an Emmy Award-winning TV analyst.
Jim and wife Susie discovered their love of wine enjoying special moments with family and friends. These experiences inspired Jim to become a diligent student of wine, including frequent trips to the world’s top wine regions of Europe and California.
As co-founder of Patiné Cellars, Jim actively manages daily business operations including the direction of sales, marketing and production.
ABOUT DEAN: Growing up in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Dean was introduced to the world class quality of California wines while attending graduate school at the University of Southern California. Dean’s passion for hand crafted premium wine led him to the Napa Valley, where he took time out from his real estate development career, to volunteer for winemaker Mike Smith during harvest in 2009. After spending three years working (volunteering) crush for Mike Smith and countless hours of tasting and talking wines with friend Jim Fox, the birth of our new project was formed. As co-founder of Patiné Cellars, Dean is responsible for the start-up and day-to-day business operations of the company.
Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and an honorary PhD in cleaning wine making equipment from Carter-Envy, Calistoga, California.
About Taylor: After graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Business Marketing, Taylor spent a year working for a biodynamic vineyard in a village outside of Auckland, New Zealand. This was her first introduction to the wine world and she quickly fell in love with all it has to offer – the people, the places, the culture, the product. Upon returning to the United States she moved from her small hometown in Washington State to Buellton, where she started working for the Vintners’ Association as an Intern. Taylor was promoted to Marketing and Communications Coordinator in October and hopes to continue blending her passions for marketing and wine, while learning more about the industry, in the Santa Barbara region.
Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend April 10 – 13: A long weekend filled with special events held at wineries, vineyards, tasting rooms, and restaurants throughout Santa Barbara County. This is a chance to try more of that Santa Barbara County wine you love, get to know the people who make it and where they make it from. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, ranging from winemaker dinners through library tastings and sales to new wine releases and barrel tastings.