Melissa started Wine Tasting on the Bay in 2012. She is self described as a recreational wine drinker and not a wine expert. However, she's had enough wine to receive an honorary degree. If she were a wine, it would be a Zinfandel, deep ruby, blackberries, peppery, spicy. It is an old Californian varietal that is also associated with the Primitivo in Italy. Her wine would be called Laughing with the Zinners. Most people don't know that Melissa is a true psychic and after a few glasses of wine will be telling you your future. If only she could pick the winning lottery numbers.
Favorite crush: Whichever bottle she's pouring
If Ben were a wine, he would be called Giddy. He would be a newly bottled bubbly; spirited and exuberant! One varietal that you couldn't quite put your finger on. Ben is a psychology major who plays guitar and loves classic rock.
Favorite Crush - Whatever you're pouring!
Wine Therapy ( formerly The Neptune) is a 1958 classic cabin top cruiser constructed by Jefferies Boat in Venice California. She was not built for fishing or towing, she was built for leisurely cruising and parties. She is surrounded with varnished hardwood both in and outside and painted a glistening white with a green awning that surrounds the outer deck. Our vessel is a USCG inspected small passenger vessel that has a licensed captain and a crew that is trained for safety and service. Our vessel is USCG Certified to carry 42 passengers.
As Melissa's First Mate, he is also the head grunt, wearing every hat required. He has to keep both girls happy, Melissa & Wine Therapy. As a wine varietal, Kevin would be the heavy and acidic Carignan, astringent, tannic, robust, inky. Often thought of as the workhorse grape. He would be called, Jack of all Trades, Master of None. He has been described with a nose of oak which is often corked. When not working on the boat, which is rare, he enjoys visiting wineries doing research. At least that's what he calls it.
Favorite crush: a full bodied spicy Zin
Chris has been with us longer than any other employee. He has seen more husband and wife bickering than any one person should have to endure. But, he keeps coming back for more. If Chris was a wine, he would be called, Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks. It would be a Mourvedre (gamey, barnyard, herbal, peppery, blackberries and truffle). In his spare time, Chris can be found in his homemade wine cave making a barrel of his private label, Nirvana Cellars Zinfandel.
Favorite Crush: Nirvana Cellars Zin of course!