Elyse Winery - Our Team

Director of Winemaking

Russell Bevan

Russell has earned over 30 100-point wines in his career, including the world's only 100-point wine in 2011. Russell began crafting Elyse wines in 2018.

I continue to be blown away by the wines from Russell Bevan...These are by no means shy wines, but their richness and complexity are remarkable. Despite their massive size, concentration and density, they reveal tremendous polish, finesse and elegance.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Elyse Winemaking Team

Every bottle we make is thanks to the grueling work and technical finesse of our cellar team.

Reed Skupny

Associate Winemaker

Born in St. Helena, Reed's career in wine began at Pahlmeyer. New Zealand was next, followed by a study of Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc at France's Domaine Bernard Baudry. Reed has since worked for more than a decade with some of Napa's most notable and dynamic wineries.

Elyse Hospitality & Sales

True to our beginnings, we offer an informative and relaxed tasting experience at our winery 7 days a week.

Khristopher Lund

Director of Client Sales

Khristopher is a self taught wine enthusiast who has been imbedded into the Napa Valley wine and restaurant culture for more than 20 years. When not at the winery, his true love is cooking and entertaining at home with his beautiful wife and two daughters.

Garett Lyon


Garett is a Napa Valley native who has spent 20 years in the luxury wine and restaurant space, including Thomas Keller Restaurants and Garguilo Wines. He also has his own bespoke wine brokerage business, Sharing Wines. Garett loves sports and time outdoors, especially skiing and tennis.

Melissa Bond

Wine Club Manager

Melissa is a Napa Valley native who has been in hospitality for 25 years, most famously at Napa's beloved Oxbow Wine Merchant. In her spare time she leads the children's choir at St. Helena Choral Society.

Dean Williams


Dean is a Pisces from San Francisco who loves miniature dachshunds. A former sommelier, he’s passionate about restoring vintage italian scooters when he’s not waxing poetic about Elyse wines or trying to find the next best wood fired thin crust pizza.

Our Winery Dog


Elyse Greeter

Anyone who has ever visited Napa knows that every winery must have a dog. Keeping the tradition of being a dog-friendly winery, Beaux is an English Labrador Retriever from Monterey, California, that is training to join the Elyse team as a Tasting Room Associate. Watch out — he loves Champagne and Chardonnay!