Erica Kincaid’s first ‘ah-ha’ moment came when she toured a wine cave in Napa Valley in her 20s. The scent of wine aging in barrels hooked her, sending her back repeatedly over the years with the dream of eventually moving out of Silicon Valley and up to Napa Valley. In 1996 she happened upon a flyer of new home developments, one of which was in Yountville. That little watercolor of cottage homes with picket fences sent her plan into action. While working in the high-tech industry in project management, sales and business operations, she surveyed the dirt in Yountville and bought her future home with the intention of living and working in an environment where whiffs of barrel aging wines were commonplace. With a BS in Food Science/Dietetics and newly completing the Winery Technology Program at Napa College, Erica left her high tech career and landed a job at Rutherford Hill Winery as lab technician and cellar rat for two and a half years. From there she moved on to Rudd Estates where she is today, having happily filled various production, operational and DTC roles.