Napa Valley Register:

New wine brands are released just about every week, it seems, but one brand that made its debut last weekend is quite different from others. It’s made by a company that has four generations involved. And they’re all women.

Leo Joseph Estate Cellars in St. Helena produced the wine from the Lawrence Harrison Vineyard, a partnership of 100-year-old Lillian Harrison and her 63-year-old daughter, Carolyn Harrison Lawrence.

Carolyn’s daughter, Donna Lee Lawrence Costa, 38, helps with the accounting and business side of the organization, and the youngest member, Lillian’s great-granddaughter, Erika Lawrence, 19, is being groomed to help in sales — she’s currently a sophomore at UC Davis.

Lillian’s official role is an investor, but she also serves as a taster, Carolyn said. “When we tried the wine for the first time, we brought it to her (Lillian) and she liked it.” She explained that her mother knows wine — she comes from an Italian family that always had wine on the table at their home in San Francisco’s North Beach. “She was raised with it — it was always red wine. My dad was raised in St. Helena, so he was always around wine, too,” she said.

Originally posted by Angela Shupe on November 27, 2007 in News.


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