Our Team

Our Founders and Winemakers

Randy & Patty Haykin

Randy & Patty Haykin

Chief Wine Angels

Randy has a 25+ year career as a “Silicon Valley” guy – as an entrepreneur at tech innovators like Apple, Yahoo, and later as Founder of a VC fund and an angel investor. Patty has held senior management roles as CEO and CFO of the Haykin Household….together they have enjoyed the growth & fruit of parenting 3 special young women - each already making an impact in the world today. In 2010, Randy’s initial “hobby” as a wine enthusiast turned into a brand, named in honor of the entrepreneurs he’s worked with in his career. Realizing that wine vintners can do good, Randy & Patty had successfully merged their interest in wines with the passion for giving back.

Kirk Venge

Kirk Venge

Wine Maker (Central Napa/Sonoma products)

Kirk’s talent and skill as a winemaker is reflected in the well-balanced wines he creates for his family winery Venge Vineyards in Napa Valley. By proving his talents as a winemaker at an early age, Kirk acquired full ownership of Venge Vineyards in 2008. He focuses on the unique characteristics of each site to yield fruit fine enough to uphold the quality of his Venge family of wines. Kirk is the consulting winemaker for Entrepreneur Wines as well as other prestigious wines such as Hunnicutt, Macauley, Trespass, Beau Vigne, JAX, and B Cellars.

Video: Kirk talks about Wine Programs
Jeff Fontanella

Jeff Fontanella

Wine Maker (Mt. Veeder products)

A Viticulture & Enology graduate from University of California at Davis, Jeff has cultivated several of the finest wines, many of which have received 90+ point ratings from fine wine critic, Robert Parker, and the leading consumer wine magazines Wine Spectator, and Wine Enthusiast. Jeff initially worked as an Assistant Winemaker at Opus One and ZD, and later became a Winemaker at Saddleback, one of Napa Valley’s great cult wineries. In 2008, Jeff and his wife founded Fontanella Family Winery in Napa.

Video: Jeff talks about Cabernet
Amy Tupper

Amy Tupper

"Consultant to Angels"

Amy joins Entrepreneur Wines as a Consultant with a wealth of experience in corporate sales, wine and relationship-building. She is currenlty the Tasting Room Lead Supervisor at Girard Winery in Napa Valley. Amy previously held sales roles at Artes Medical, American Medical Systems, and HP: HeartStream. She is a true relationship builder and is helping Entrepreneur Wines design programs for the corporate market.

Besides his passion for wine, Amy’s hobbies include beach, fishing, tennis, yoga, barbecuing, concerts, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors and farmers markets!

Jerry Starr

Jerry Starr

Certified Sommelier, Wine Evangelist

Entrepreneur Wines brings together Jerry’s life-long passions of wine, technology, and philanthropy. With over 40 years of experience in the wine industry, he is a respected wine judge, writer, sales & marketing professional, and award winning sommelier. Technology sales & marketing has taken him from Bank of America World Banking to Apple Computer, and to a plethora of startups. Jerry, a published author on fundraising, is newly married. He lives with his wife and big black cat Sam in the wine country of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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