Smith Devereux (formerly J.W. Thomas Wines) utilizes over 60 years of family winemaking experience to produce sustainably farmed, limited production wines. With a strong belief in every bottle of wine telling a story, Smith Devereux farms only the highest quality grapes to create their award winning portfolio of wines. Their first wine, Verse & Chorus was selected by Whole Foods as a Top 10 Holiday Pick and Wine Club Selection, and won Best in Class and a Gold Medal at the West Coast Wine Competition. On the heels of this success, Smith Devereux launched critically acclaimed brands: Weather (2x Gold Medal Winner), Hanaiali'i (2x Double Gold, Best in Class, West Coast Wine Competition and 90pts Wine Spectator) and Dennen (91pts Wine Spectator) as well as the flagship Smith Devereux line of wines.
Ian Devereux White (Founder)
Ian began his career in the wine industry as the Wine Country Director for 7x7 Magazine. He launched and authored 7x7’s dedicated Wine Country page, "Wine Insider Blog” and developed multi-platform marketing campaigns for over 200 wineries. He accepted his current role of Wine Director for Modern Luxury’s San Francisco Magazine in 2004 and also contributes to a series of wine-related consumer and industry media. He sponsors and hosts celebrated events, including Live in the Vineyard and the Napa Valley Film Festival and supports a slew of local causes including the International Wine and Food Society, Napa Humane, and Napa Library Foundation.
Steve Smith (Founder)
Steve has 17 years of experience in the music business, focusing on A&R, artistmanagement and strategic partnerships. He has worked with likes of John Mayer, Train, Five for Fighting, Mat Kearney, Andrew McMahon, and The Fray. Steve's pivotal role in the successful launch of Verse & Chorus Napa Valley Red Wine
fortified his knowledge and love of wine, and allowed him to bring his expertise in strategic brand development, relationship management, and partnership formation to the wine industry. After this national success, he joined The JW Thomas Wines as a Partner. Steve also serves as Board President of the Dear Jack Foundation, on the Brain Trust for Chicago Ideas Week, and is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University.
John Anthony Truchard (Founder / Board Member)
John was raised in a grape growing family. His parents, Tony and JoAnn Truchard, planted their first twenty acres of grapes in Los Carneros in 1974 when John was two years old. Over the next sixteen years, John experienced all stages of vineyard development, including acquisition, land preparation, planting, management, and sale of fruit and finished wines. John finished his studies at the University of California, Davis and started Vinewerkes, a small vineyard management business, and for several years focused on caring for other people’s vineyards. In 1997, he planted his own vineyards, and he and his wife, Michele, started the John Anthony Vineyards wine brand in 2003, the first of ten sell-out seasons. Vinewerkes now manages more than 26 vineyards in Napa Valley, and John Anthony Vineyards and John's other brands, Jam and Butter, are now distributed in over 35 states.
Brett Adams (Winemaker)
Winemaker Brett Adams began working in the wine Industry at Trinchero in 2001 after finishing his BS inFermentation Science from UC Davis, After that he went on to study for a Master’s of Science at Washington State University with an emphasis in Enology. Upon leaving WSU, Brett came back to California to work as Assistant Winemaker at Roche winery in Sonoma, followed by a harvest at Sequoia Grove Winery in Rutherford and then Honig Vineyard & Winery as Associate Winemaker. He now makes all of the wines for Smith Devereux.