Brian’s wife, Janice Osborne Schmidt had a keen appreciation for animals and country life from childhood. Whether focused on horses or goats, zucchini or pumpkins, she loved the outdoors and growing things.
While growing up in Santa Rosa, she joined 4H and spent time raising chickens, training dogs, riding horses (dressage and three day events) and growing vegetables.
After two years at the fantastic Santa Rosa Junior College, she headed to UC Davis where she focused on Food and Wine, graduating with a B.S. in Food Science and a M.S. from the famous UC Davis Enology & Viticulture Department.
After graduation, Janice joined Jordan Winery as their Enologist where she worked with their phenomenal winemaker Rob Davis and legendary wine consultant André Tchelistcheff. Janice spent 20 years as their senior Enologist where she learned from the master’s and helped craft the quintessential Cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma County.