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Since Linda joined Truchard Vineyards in 1998, she has played a key role in ensuring that Truchard Vineyards runs smoothly and knows that a small family owned winery must be operated on a personal level. Over the years she has handled a variety of responsibilities, from tours and tastings to managing events at the winery. Today, she serves as the office manager at the winery and handles the winery's accounting and orders by working closely with Truchard's brokers and distributors in the marketplace.
Born and raised on a remote cattle ranch in Day, a scenic small town in Northern California, Linda was whisked away by her husband to Napa, California, over twenty years ago. As she learned to love her new home, her passion for wine and the wine industry grew each day, and ultimately she accepted the opportunity to work with the Truchards. She is the embodiment of warmth and dedication that shows in everything she does at Truchard.
Ada Smilie was born on a 100-acre self-sustaining and organic farm in rural Quebec, Canada. From a very young age, she loved learning the fine processes of fermentation from her father’s beer and mead experiments in their basement.
After working in many different countries and industries she moved to Napa in 2006. Joining Constellation Brands, she worked at Franciscan, Ravenswood, and Robert Mondavi Winery. Subsequently, she moved to a family-owned sparkling wine house, Schramsberg, where she was assistant tasting room manager for more than four years.
She always knew she wanted to work for a small family who still had their hands in the dirt and who cared deeply about their land and the wines they made. Truchard vineyards is just that place, peacefully hidden in time. Its wines, land, and hospitality are a window back to what Napa Valley used to be. Knowing that the owners of the company work so hard every day and are so passionate about their wines helps reinforce how special and unique this property, and the people who are part of it, really are.
Ada hopes you will join her in celebrating this special place and its spectacular wines - please let her know if there is anything she can do to make your visit the most memorable in wine country.