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2018 Featured Winery – Darioush

2017 Featured Vintners: Suzanne Pride Bryan, Beth Novak Milliken, and Wesley Steffens

Suzanne Pride Bryan

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Suzanne remembers trips to the wine country as a child in the 1960s with her brother Steve and their parents, Jim and Carolyn Pride. “We would climb into the back of Dad’s two-seat sports car and spend weekends driving from the Sacramento Valley to the Napa Valley. Fun for our wine-collecting parents perhaps, but not so much fun for a couple of little kids,” she recalls.

Suzanne graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and worked in management in San Francisco’s Financial District for 10 years before entering the other Pride family business, a renowned dental practice management organization. She joined her parents full-time at the winery in 2003.

Since 2004, Suzanne and her brother Steve have co-owned Pride Mountain Vineyards once their mother, Carolyn Pride retired.  “It’s fantastic to be second-generation owners and carry-forward our parents’ vision. We are so blessed with the amazing fruit that grows on our mountain top and the talented team of people who make our winery and our wines so special,” says Suzanne.

Steve represented the winery at the 2008 L’Amour du Vin and Suzanne is looking forward to joining a trio of vintners in 2017 to again bring Pride Mountain wines to the event.

She and her husband Stuart live in nearby Sonoma County and have two daughters both residing in Brooklyn, New York.


Beth Novak Milliken

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In 1987, Beth Novak Milliken joined her mother, Mary Novak, becoming the first second-generation family member to become actively involved in guiding Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. In the more than quarter century since, Beth has played a key role in establishing Spottswoode as one of Napa Valley’s most iconic and respected wineries.

Moving to Napa Valley with her parents in 1972, Beth grew up surrounded by the vineyards. However, it was a year spent studying abroad in Europe that made her begin thinking about a career in wine. After earning a degree in economics from UCLA Beth joined a San Francisco-based wine brokerage. When Mary asked Beth to help out “a little” at the winery, it didn’t take long for a few days a week to become a permanent way of life. Beth is now the president and CEO.

In addition to overseeing the family business, Beth served as the youngest president of the Napa Valley Vintners and was the first woman to hold the position. She and Mary were honorary chairs of Auction Napa Valley in 2010 and the featured vintners of the 10th anniversary of L’Amour du Vin in 2013. Beth is delighted to be part of the trio of vintners to be featured at the 2017 event.


Wesley Steffens

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Wesley moved to Napa Valley in 2001 after graduating top of his class at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. In Napa he spent almost two years working for Thomas Keller at The French Laundry.

Building on a passion of food and wine, he spent almost two years working for Thomas Keller at The French Laundry before trying his hand at winemaking in 2002 as a harvest intern under Bob Levy at Harlan Estate Winery. Wesley spent four harvests at Harlan Estate, where he gained a deep appreciation and understanding of the entire winemaking process. Getting his hands wet was only the beginning. With his passion for learning and drive for perfection, Wesley was promoted to the role of Cellar Master. While working in the winery, the Harlan Family asked Wesley to also take on the role of Estate Chef, where he was able to uphold the same level of attention to detail as he did in the winery.

Wesley joined the family winery at Vineyard 7 & 8 in February 2006, with the goal of completing the construction of the new winery facility and putting together a world class team. Since then, his daily duties include the General Management of business operations, as well as overseeing the daily winemaking duties working with winemaker Martha McClellan.

Previously featured at L’Amour du Vin in 2011, Wesley is looking forward to returning as part of the trio of vintners for the 2017 event.



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