As General Manager of The Good Life Wine Collective, Tracy McArdle oversees day-to-day operations of the family-owned winery’s two labels: Handwritten Wines and Jessup Cellars.
Born and raised in suburban Chicago, Tracy attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Sciences. She also played golf for the University of Central Florida.
Following college, Tracy worked for eight years in Chicago’s financial industry in the disciplines of business management and technology. During this period, she got the wine bug, which eventually drove her west in 2008 to California wine country to work for Jessup Cellars.
Over the past six years, McArdle rose quickly through the company ranks and was recently named Group General Manager. She has worked closely with the family owners on the strategic growth and management of The Good Life Wine Collective. This young lady is an “up and comer” in the Napa Valley wine industry.
Born in Switzerland and raised in Boston, Philip O’Connor grew up with one foot on each continent. Constantly surrounded by great French wines as a child, his family would tell him the tales of these legendary wines and instilled a life-long passion for food and wine.
Philip has deep roots in hospitality that start in the kitchens of France where he got his first job as a young man. Over the years, he made the transition to the restaurant floor where as a sommelier and wine director, he was able to pursue his passions further. After meeting his wife Emily, Philip was able to pursue his education overseas earning his M.B.A while living and working in the Bordeaux region of France. Philip went on to build a winery and label called Trinité Estate for the famed Lurton family of Bordeaux and later took over direction of Handwritten Wines in the Napa Valley town of Yountville.
Join Tracy and Philip in this resplendent voyage through the waterways of Bordeaux, featuring immaculate chateaux and arguably the best epicenter of world wine production.
Please note: This tour and cruise program is created solely for Jessup Cellars by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The program will contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions outside of scheduled cruise activities. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.