Growing up in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Dean was introduced to the world class quality of California wines while attending graduate school at the University of Southern California. Dean’s passion for hand crafted premium wine led him to the Napa Valley, where he took time out from his real estate development career, to volunteer for winemaker Mike Smith during harvest in 2009. After spending three years working (volunteering) crush for Mike Smith and countless hours of tasting and talking wines with friend Jim Fox, the birth of our new project was formed. As co-founder of Patiné Cellars, Dean is responsible for the start-up and day-to-day business operations of the company.
Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and an honorary PhD in cleaning wine making equipment from Carter-Envy, Calistoga, California.