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About Rock and Clay Wines

Proprietors, Kent Iverson and Carol Collier

Wine is a shared passion in Carol’s and Kent’s life together.  Carol is a writer and former wine shop and wine importation company owner.  Kent earned a degree in enology from UC Davis in 1985, and has spent his career in the biopharmaceutical industry.  Carol and Kent were literally “garagiste” home winemakers for many years before deciding to enter the less competitive field of commercial winemaking.  Carol and Kent have been working with many of the grape sources for Rock and Clay Wines since their home winemaking days.

The name for our wine label came to Kent one day when he was hand digging holes in Namesake Vineyard for replacement vines.  It is more than just a literal reference to the soil type of that vineyard (Haire clay braided with alluvial sediments), it is an allusion to soil’s primary role in defining “terrior”.  Rock and Clay wines are intended to capture the unique sensory fingerprint produced by the terrior of each of our single vineyard sources.

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Patrick Saboe

Winemaker, Patrick Saboe

In 1996, Patrick Saboe was reshaping the Charleston, SC restaurant scene at nationally lauded Slightly North of Broad, when a honeymoon to California’s wine country changed his life. Patrick traded server tools for winemaking textbooks by enrolling in the Enology & Viticulture program at U.C. Davis.

While attending U.C. Davis, Patrick worked at Robert Sinskey Vineyards and assisted Dr. Andy Walker in the Pierce’s Disease Resistance Rootstock Breeding Program. Upon graduation, he became Harvest Enologist for Hanna Winery before becoming the Assistant Winemaker at Keller Estate. Here, Patrick gained valuable experience working closely with renowned winemaker, Michael McNeill (Hanzell), to produce multiple award-winning wines. In 2006, he became Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Petroni Vineyards as well as then began to thrive as Consulting Winemaker for numerous ultra-premium brands in Napa and Sonoma, until he was placed as the Director of Winemaking at The Wine Foundry since 2012 and currently Foundry Wines and our sister brand, Anarchist Wine Co.

Patrick’s winemaking philosophy is simple: exceptional wines are made from exceptional fruit with exceptional care. Consequently, he collaborates closely with the numerous growers who partner with Foundry, assuring that quality is paramount. When not tending to the Foundry wines, Patrick spends time with his wife Dawn and three children Maddy, Claire and Jackson in Petaluma.

Artist, Roger Hall

Roger Hall has been a wildlife illustrator for over 25 years. He’s worked for many notable organizations such as National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund. His images have appeared in several books, featured on television shows and in scientific papers and journals. His portfolio includes over 3000 images of more than 1500 different species of flora and fauna. Currently he’s working on a book dedicated to raising awareness to the many endangered species in the world. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Katherine and their bulldog mix dog Mobi.

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