Realm & the Napa Dream

24 February 2018 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM GMT+1
Gallery Lounge 2
Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich View map


Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Editor-in-Chief and Reviewer
Born and raised in rural Maine, USA, Lisa graduated from Colby College, ME, with degrees in English Literature and Performing Arts. Her wine career began by happenstance when, living as a struggling playwright in London after college, she was offered a job as the manager of a wine bar. Upon acquiring the position, she promptly enrolled for classes at the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) and continued her studies with them until achieving the institution’s highest accreditation level: Diploma. Lisa progressed through wine sales and marketing roles in the UK wine trade throughout the ‘90s and early noughties before moving to Tokyo in 2002, where she worked as a wine buyer for one of Japan's top fine wine importers and a wine educator at Tokyo's Academie du Vin. In 2008, Lisa moved to Singapore and began writing a column for Robert Parker’s website, Later that year she achieved her Master of Wine (MW) qualification and the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting. In 2013, she became the Editor-in-Chief for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and She is also the publication’s critic for the wines of Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Sonoma County Bordeaux Varieties. In 2015, Lisa’s first book, Taste Like a Wine Critic: A Guide to Understanding Wine Quality, was published. Recently, she relocated to Napa, California, to set up the new office for The Wine Advocate. She now lives in Napa with her British husband, two young daughters, their Border Collie and three sheep.
Scott Becker
Managing Partner
As Managing Partner of Realm Cellars, Scott Becker leads the team responsible for ushering in a new era at this critically-acclaimed Napa Valley producer of single-vineyard and proprietary wines. Scott’s interest in wine began when he served in the Air Force after earning his BS at the U.S. Air Force Academy. On a brief leave that brought him to the small Italian village of La Morra in the heart of Barolo, Scott was sipping a local bottle when a light bulb went off. “It was that sense of place. It wasn’t a grand bottle, but it just had that sense of place. I’ll never forget it.” After the Air Force, as he pursued his MBA at Harvard Business School, Scott spent summers and breaks at Cakebread Cellars, working for his friend and mentor Jack Cakebread, learning all aspects of the wine business from viticulture to winemaking to hospitality. When he graduated, Scott immediately moved to Napa Valley to work for Global Wine Partners, a Napa Valley-based investment bank specializing in wine transactions. After meeting H. William Harlan in 2009, Scott left the finance world to work with Bill on the development of a vineyard and winery now known as Promontory. In 2012, his desire to pursue his own vision for a winery led Scott to partner with Juan Mercado, who founded Realm Cellars in 2002. Under Scott’s leadership, Realm underwent a dramatic transformation, with a new team, investments in new vineyard and winemaking equipment, the development of new vineyard sources and in 2015, the acquisition of the winery, caves and 15-acre Stags Leap District property that Realm Cellars now calls home. Today, Scott is guiding the complete redevelopment of this estate property, positioning Realm Cellars for decades of further growth and critical success.


Realm Cellars embodies the dream come true of entrepreneurs who in less than a decade overhauled a vineyard in the Stags Leap District in pursuit of perfection. Under the helm of French wine maker Benoit Touquette, their Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends  have consistantly hit the top scores, earning their place among the greatest Napa Cabernets and making them sought-after rarities. This tasting of single vineyards Cabernets Sauvignons and blends is an eye opener on how Napa stars are born.

*Wine list presented on this website is subject to changes

Gallery Lounge 2
Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich