I was a single mom living in Sacramento when I fell in love with wine. I loved to come to the Napa Valley occasionally to wine taste, as well as enjoy the beautiful hiking areas. In 2000, while on a girls trip, I asked my taxi driver to drop us where the locals party. He took us to Ana's Cantina in St. Helena, where I sent a beer to the handsome man with the great shoulders sitting at the bar. That man is now my husband (Eric) and we still love working and playing in this beautiful valley as much as we did when we were falling in love here.

In 2008, I took a Jeep tour in Santa Barbara wine country with my niece. I had never had so much fun on a tour! Being a former Jeep girl, I proclaimed an "Oprah aha moment" and came back home to Napa and started Hidden Napa Jeep Tours, with focus on supporting family owned wineries that are "off the tourist track" in the Napa Valley.

Julie in her jeep