Director of Private Clients, Alpha Omega Winery, St. Helena, CA

Rick Patton is the Director of Private Clients for Alpha Omega, a boutique winery in the Rutherford Bench of Napa Valley. He recently celebrated his 10th anniversary at the 11-year-old winery whose top buyers rely on Rick for his expertise and personalized attention. The New Jersey native had an epiphany in 1982 when he discovered Napa Valley while on a business trip to the west coast. Two years later, the savvy software salesman transferred from the New York area to his company’s Silicon Valley headquarters to be near California’s world famous wine region. In 2004, Rick and his wife moved to Napa Valley. He expanded his wine knowledge while working at Franciscan and Miner before Alpha Omega owner Robin Baggett lured him to his new winery. Within six months, Rick was Alpha Omega’s tasting room manager. An integral part of Alpha Omega’s success, Rick prides himself on continually increasing his wine wisdom as he enjoys fine wines from around the world.