Well, there is nothing petite about the combination of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, a virtual vinous Beauty and the Beast! The effusive aromatics and gentle flavors of Cabernet Franc meld beautifully with the deep opaque purple color, intense viscosity and lasting finish of Petit Verdot. Both grown in the heart of Rutherford from the vineyard that Laurie Wood has been farming for over fifty years.
Tracey & John Skupny started Lang & Reed Wine Company in 1996 with the goal to explore the distinct charms of Cabernet Franc and to craft wines that are both expressive and enjoyable to drink.
The foundation of their wine experience began almost 40 years ago while working in the restaurant trade in Kansas City. They were trained in the classics: fine wine, fine food, and fine service. Having attained positions as wine stewards (sommeliers), the lure of vineyards and wineries brought them to California in 1980, settling finally in the Napa Valley by 1984.
Over the first decade of living in the Napa Valley, John held executive positions at Caymus Vineyards, Clos Du Val Wine Company and the Niebaum-Coppola Estate (Inglenook). Tracey focused on a growing family (Reed & Jerzy Lang) and philanthropic efforts such as the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation and Auction Napa Valley. In 1994, she embarked on the first of two stints working at Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery and has recently completed round two as Sales Director.
Since arriving in the Napa Valley, Tracey & John have been actively involved with the Napa Valley Vintners, both serving lengthy tenures on the Board of Directors, acting as Co-Chairs of the 10th anniversary Premiere Napa Valley barrel auction, and participating as members of many subcommittees. John served as President of the NVV and the Auction Napa Valley in 1996, the same year that Lang & Reed became the 125th member of the NVV.