Founder & Wine Fanatic
David Johndrow, founder and self-proclaimed wine fanatic, is leading one of the hottest new boutique wineries in Napa. His wine has developed a cult-like following among the Hollywood elite and been served at Sundance Film Festival, ESPY’s and Academy Awards parties. Specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc blend, Johndrow Vineyards wines represent the future of winemaking - reasonably priced, spirited and on a mission to help wine lovers everywhere “Find Your Happy Place.”
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The Wine Maker
Fine wine seemingly runs through Rob Lawson’s veins, certainly a deep hue of red, although it could easily be champagne colored or perhaps a blend. With his pedigree as a third generation Napa native and wine connoisseur, Rob was destined to make exquisite wine. Wine that told stories. Wine that evoked emotions. Great, and occasionally perfect, wine.
The tradition runs deep. In 1960, Rob’s grandfather became Beringer Winery’s first president paving the way for future generations. Rob’s father has held positions as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for many top wineries in Napa Valley.
After graduation from California State University, Fresno, with a degree in Plant Science, and an emphasis in Viticulture and Enology, Rob held various positions in the wine industry until finally settling back in Napa as the General Manager of Napa Wine Company. As one of the largest and most highly respected custom crush facilities in Napa Valley, Rob soon took on the position of CEO where he oversaw the production of more than 60 wine labels. These labels include highly sought after California wines such as Pahlmeyer, Bryant Family, Colgin, Showkette, and Staglin. Rob has worked with some of the most prominent winemakers of the world such as Helen Turley, Paul Hobbs and Heidi Peterson Barrett to name a few.
Since his reign as CEO, Rob has proven successful and his wine is world-renowned. Rob’s famous wine has regularly scored in the nineties by wine critics. A few worth mentioning include Kapcsandy 94 points, 75 Wine Co. 90 points and Ghostblock, called the next cult wine by Wine Spectator, 92 points.
Rob Lawson has collaborated with David Johndrow to release a series of wines from Johndrow Vineyards, and just like the wine he makes Rob keeps getting better with age. These wines are superb in quality and craftsmanship as JV Clarity, JV Cab, JV Reserve and Forum are products of a skilled master at work.
Talent is often bestowed unevenly. Rob Lawson’s blend of art and science has created titillating experiences, sometimes in one short drink. Rob’s successful reputation is built upon his unique philosophy, excellent grape growing practices and his passion for all areas of the winemaking industry.