Jamey and Michelle Whetstone
Whetstone Wine Cellars
1075 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA 94558
“It’s Spring and love is in the air!”
What better way to celebrate than highlighting the elegance and wit of a stellar husband and wife team?! Together, Jamey and Michelle Whetstone have cultivated a successful business partnership on top of their life partnership. The start of the Whetstone Wine Cellars story, you ask?! The answer is simple: Viognier.
1) an aromatic white wine varietal from Rhone;
2) Jamey’s bold statement with the launch of his own label;
3) the reason Michelle asked Jamey to take her to dinner, thereby instigating a first date.
Let’s take it back even further: Jamey, son of a Baptist preacher, brought all the charm and grit of his Southern upbringing with him to Napa in 1996. After farming atop a tractor for several years, Jamey entered the cellar with a “down-to-earth” approach. Learning from some of the best at Turley Wine Cellars and Domaine Dujac, he launched Whetstone in 2002. Since then, he’s established a reputation for his purist winemaking style with single vineyard expressions of Chardonnay, Viognier (of course!), Pinot Noir (his passion) and Syrah.
While Jamey’s wines can hold their own, paired with Michelle’s keen sense of aesthetics, hospitality and grace they offer an unforgettable experience. Michelle has created old world charm and rustic elegance in their tasting salon located in a French-style chateau. If the stone and fireplace aren’t enough to captivate you, the warm welcome of the staff will knock your socks off as they bring back the lost art of face-to-face connection and conversation. Whetstone welcomes wine connoisseurs and novices alike, as indicative by the humor and candor of their tasting notes (ever tasted pencil shavings in Pinot?). Their ultimate goal? To create community and experiences that can be taken home with the wine.