Rodger Grove, owner of Forgotten Barrel Winery in Escondido is a native Southern Californian. His family is his most important priority, and he has been happily married his wife, Mitzi for twenty years. He has three grown children, daughter Carley, and sons Taylor, and Christopher. They have seven grandchildren!
Rodger’s personal hobbies are raising Japanese Koi, and collecting wine. He is active in his church and supports many local charities. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a BA degree in Finance and major emphasis in Real Estate. He has continued his education over the years with numerous advanced commercial real estate courses.
In 2016 Rodger purchased the historic Ferrara Winery in Escondido, and has been working diligently to restore the winery using care to preserve its historical presence. This has given him the opportunity to significantly expand winery operations. He now has the facilities to produce local wine, purchasing grapes from some very fine vineyards in the San Diego area, yet continuing to produce Northern California sourced wine in the Napa winery. Rodger is nearing the completion of most of the restoration of the areas of the property and can now accommodate special events, including small weddings.
Escondido residents are delighted in the reopening of this historic property. Many stories are shared about their good memories of the Ferrara Family winery and they excited to be able to enjoy this property once again.
John Eppler spent 30 years in Northern California where he had his own brand, John Robert Eppler Wines! He also spent time working at Robert Mondavi and Rosenblum Cellars, with two of the more innovative wine makers in California history.
He made his way to Southern California to "retire" but his love for winemaking pulled him back and Forgotten Barrel is the lucky winner! John brings his sense of independence making original choices when selecting vineyards and choosing winemaking methods. John's style is making full and richly flavored wines. They are big and bold which accentuates the terroir of San Diego county. We are excited to have John at the helm as we enjoy our 2nd harvest from San Diego county fruit.
Last year we made 2 barrels of Muscat of Alexandria, the grape from our home vineyard. We plan to bottle our first vintage of Muscato in 2018!
Karen was born in Germany to a military family who moved around a lot in the states and Europe until her father retired in Oregon (bought a farm) and they settled there. Karen attended Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in Accounting. She has worked in accounting & finance for all of her career (part time while raising her girls) but also has been involved in marketing and operations as she moved from large corporations to smaller companies.
Karen developed a passion for wine in the early 80’s as she worked in Silicon Valley and had the opportunity to visit Napa & Sonoma often! She continued her love of wine and secretly always wanted to work for a winery. When the opportunity to jump in with both feet and not only handle the accounting aspects of the winery, but be involved in operations, marketing, wine club management, compliance and everything having to do with assisting a small winery grow, she did!
Karen loves traveling, reading, is a history buff and of course enjoys WINE!
Manny is a proud member of the Forgotten Barrel team. He is a handyman with expertise in custom and rustic woodworking. Manny is also no stranger to drywall and landscaping, having had his own landscaping business for many years. Manny has over 10 years of experience in carpentry which started in Puebla Mexico, where he was taught by his father. Manny is a native of Yanga, Veracruz Mexico and was born there in March of 1974.
Manny has worked for several carpentry companies in the US. He takes pride in his hard work and his projects and is not afraid to think out of the box, Manny is the proud father to two handsome sons and spends most of his spare time with them. Manny looks forward to the growth of Forgotten Barrel and is proud to be part of this adventure.
Kaylan is a graduate of San Diego State University. He has spent the majority of his career in the beverage industry but has found his passion to be wine.
Kaylan is working on his Semmoliers' certifications to further his wine knowledge and education in the industry. This is a goal for him to complete. Kaylan is thrilled to have joined the team and welcomes you to come visit the tasting room at Forgotten Barrel.
Whether you are new to wine tasting or a seasoned connoisseur, you will enjoy your tasting experience at Forgotten Barrel Winery. Our friendly Wine Servers are excited to introduce you to the wines we craft, and make suggestions suited to your taste. Forgotten Barrel offers wine made in Napa Valley as well as at our Southern California Winery in Escondido. This allows us to purchase grapes from a variety of AVA's in order to produce high quality wine from grapes grown in different regions.
Wine is a personal experience and we believe that only you can be the judge of what you like!
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