Tom grew up in Nebraska and caught the wine bug while working at a wine store in Indianapolis as he pursed his Chemistry degree at Purdue University. He has been making wine in the Napa Valley for fifteen years with wineries such as Charles Krug, St. Supery and Rombauer.
In 2011 Tom decided to take the plunge and build a new winery on the corner of Pine and Brown streets in Old Town Napa. With the help of his wife and two sons, they demolished the old garage and built a small bonded winery capable of making eight barrels of hand-crafted wine each vintage.
In addition to operating Pine and Brown Winery, Tom represents AEB Biochemical and works as a consulting winemaker for other small Napa Valley wineries.