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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

From Mexico - with Love and Passion!

Slow Living Radio welcomes three guests from Mexican heritage who have all become success stories, bringing their family's passions and hard work to US soils, restaurants and wines.  Join us to hear their inspiring stories and celebrate some of the wonderful contributions the country's immigrants have brought to the US.


Tom Bracamontes graduated from Pepperdine University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Spreading his wings, he followed this with a semester abroad in Spring 1985 as part of the Semester at Sea program.

Returning to the US, Tom worked as a stockbroker,  promotional representative for a Hollywood record company, and in Urban Promotion for Sony in New York and Virgin in Los Angeles.

Tom joined the world of wine in 2002 as proprietor of a wine marketing company, Just Wine and then director of sales and marketing for Mi Sueño Winery in Napa.  He currently has his own business, Thomas Bracamontes Agency, and works on brand development, marketing and sales for boutique wineries



Oscar Renteria was born in St. Helena in 1967, graduated from high school in 1985, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA in 1989.

Oscar with his father Salvador
In 1993, Oscar was passed the torch and assumed proprietorship of Renteria Vineyard Management by his father Salvador, who had launched the company in 1987 after emigrating from Mexico in 1962 and working his way up the line of vineyard work and management.  At that time, Renteria was one of the first Mexican owned vineyard management companies in the Napa Valley. 

Over the past 20 years Oscar has continued to care for the small list of distinguished vineyard clients inherited from his father while carefully managing the growth of the company.

Today RVM, Inc. is the third largest vineyard management company in the North Bay Area managing 1,800+ acres of prime vineyard land. The current client list includes: Rombauer, Frank Family, Michael Mondavi Family, Blackbird, Bosche Vineyard, Chiarello Family Vineyards

Renteria Wines, LLC produced its first wines in 1997, and currently produces approximately 2,000-2,500 cases annually and includes a Chardonnay (Los Carneros), three different Pinot Noirs (Los Carneros, Russian River & Sonoma Coast) and three separate Cabernet Sauvignons (Napa Valley, Stag’s Leap District & Mt. Veeder).
Aaron Diaz


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