The least important person in this operation is the owner, Jack Lord. Just a few words about him, and then on to the important people (our volunteers and wine angels, see below).
               OWNER

 

Jack is the owner but we like to call hime "the dirt guy". He loves the vineyard and so that is his domain. We think it is from dealing with various dirtballs over the years when he was a Maryland State Trooper. He retired in 1992 and has been digging holes in our 10 acre property ever since. First his holes were for strawberries, then tomatoes and all types of produce....and 4 years ago he started planting grape vines. Now we've got about 4000 of them.

Our varietals in the vineyard include Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chambourcin, Pinot Grigio and Cayuga. It takes 4 years to get a baby bunch of grapes and good weather to harvest each year. Most of our wines have our own grapes in them.


VOLUNTEERS

We mean this from the bottom of our heart: our volunteers, family and friends are at the very center of all things Costa Ventosa. From the Grape Whispering (talking to the vines as they are being pruned) to Hand Bottling and everything in between, our volunteers have laughed with us, sweat with us, and have given us much more than we will ever give them.


Sniff sniff, I need to cut this out...

Below are beloved volunteers, and supporters of Costa Ventosa.  Since we don't pay them we gave each of them a fancy schmancy title:

Tasting Room Operations:
Susan Hutchinson (friend): Tasting Room Manager Extradionaire

"Hutch" Hutchinson: Assistant VP of Marketing (see below)

Dj Thompson: VP of Marketing (Hutch used to be VP but his ideas of late are pretty lame so he's been demoted)

Debi Rus (friend): VP of Fun and Fizzy Graphics

Winery Operations:

John Lord (son): VP of Assistant Winemaking & Computer Stuff GOD!

Laura Widgeon (beloved friend who is now in heaven): Vice President of Wine Enhancement & Expert Grape Whisperer 


Vineyard Operations:
Dennis Lord (son): VP of Grass Cutting Operations


WINE ANGELS

There are folks who have helped us along the way--we call them Wine Angels. We are absolutely indebted to them and we want to say thanks and let them know how blessed we are to know them:

Carl DiManno: Owner of 868 Estate Winery, consultant, adopted brother, award winning winemaker and all around terrific human being. HIRE HIM if you are starting a winery or vineyard. The guy is brillant, his wife Erin is charming and his kids Arden and Cole are precious.

Tom Shelton: Tom owns Bordelieu Winery, near Salisbury. He's spent countless hours with us teaching us the wine business.

Jen and William Layton: The owners of Layton's Chance Winery, near Vienna, always answer our questions with patience and practical advice. They are also a ball to drink (and drink and drink) wine with.

Connie, Clayton, Carol, Stephanie, Kitty, Ken, The Girls, Mary, JT, Helen, Chris, Christy...and so many more friends and supporters of Costa. It truly takes a village to support our botique winery and we love you all.