Laird Family

The Laird family has been a prominent farming family in the Napa Valley for over 50 years, growing grapes at over 40 vineyards sprinkled throughout the valley.

In 1999, Ken and Gail Laird began a new adventure in establishing a family winery. Taking their exceptional fruit and drawing on their connections in the industry, the Laird’s began producing their own premium Napa Valley wines.

Over the years, Ken and Gail’s children, Justin and Rebecca have become integral to the family operation. Justin manages the family vineyards, which are now among the largest private vineyard holdings in the Napa Valley, and Rebecca is the general manager of the winery, which in addition to producing the Laird wines, is also one of the largest custom crush facilities in the region.

Laird Family

In recent years, the Laird family acquired Sunrise Ranch, a special addition to their land holdings. Soon after purchasing it, a then 80-year old Ken Laird single-handedly tore out the vines and replanted new ones, creating the robust and expansive vineyards that now populate this 400-acre property. Furthermore, being that this is the Laird’s most eastern-located vineyard, his wife, Gail, remarked on how they could watch the sun rise from there, thus inspiring the name, Sunrise Ranch Winery.

About Julie Shaw

Director of Events

As a Napa Native with an entrepreneurial mindset, I believe in the “big picture” philosophy with a focus on the goals that the client would like to achieve and a critical eye for detail.

Beginning my event planning career 18 years ago at Meadowood Napa Valley, throughout the years, I have established connections with an extensive network of trusted professionals across the Napa region to customize the best team for each event. I am now excited to have that perfect venue! My experience includes managing events of all sizes from corporate meetings to fundraising galas and celebrations of all kinds. By working closely with diverse teams, I am able to create memorable wine tasting experiences and events that achieve business objectives and exceed expectations.

My husband and two young children bring lots of energy to my life! To keep my creative mind flowing, I enjoy taking hikes, visiting Lake Tahoe and spending time with family, friends and neighbors. All while enjoying a glass of my favorite Laird Pinot Grigio or Laird “Jillian’s blend”. I also enjoy supporting local businesses and visiting the local farmer’s market.

While events are a fast-paced business, I always take time to pause and focus on the important things in life!

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