National Sales Manager/Western Region
A native of Iowa, John Schulz didn’t expect to have a career in the California wine industry. But when he came here in the 1980s and started working in the tasting room and cellar of a prominent winery, he decided to make California – and its signature industry – his home. Ultimately it was the sales side of wine that interested John most, and he’s spent nearly three decades in regional and national sales both at a wholesaler and as a representative of notable wineries throughout the state.
For John, working at Flora Springs is a bit of a homecoming, as he often visited the winery in the first part of his career when he came to Napa Valley. He remembers the early days of Trilogy, when it came on the scene as one of first Bordeaux red blends of Napa Valley. “This estate is a gem, an iconic Napa Valley winery,” says John. “Plus, there are very few wineries that have successfully made the transition to the third generation. It’s a legacy property.” As Flora Springs’ National Sales Director and a self-described streets-focused sales representative, John relishes the opportunity to work closely with distributor partners and key trade accounts to build strong winery relationships and communicate the Komes-Garvey story.
In addition to overseeing national sales for Flora Springs, John personally covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. John lives in Sonoma and enjoys playing guitar, camping, skiing and cooking.
VP of Hospitality
Since 2002 it has been Margaret Meraz’s warm smile that has welcomed visitors to The Estate at Flora Springs. Behind that smile is a dynamic and dedicated person who loves to create unforgettable tasting experiences and special events for our guests.
One of Margaret’s first assignments at Flora Springs was to pour wine at the annual Trilogy Release Party (her father manned the barbecue that year). Her enthusiasm for wine, people and parties was evident, and ever since Margaret has been the creative force behind this annual event – known for its outstanding food, lively entertainment and fabulous wine. With hundreds of attendees, the Trilogy Release Party takes months of planning, and Margaret manages to see to every detail while also acting the gracious hostess. She puts this same level of oversight into all events held at The Estate, whether it’s a quiet tasting for two or a dinner destined for dozens.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at San Francisco State University, but in Napa Valley, and at Flora Springs, she realized her heart belonged to the wine industry. “My first interest in wine was due to the health benefits that we studied about in school,” she says with a laugh. “But it took just one glass of Napa Valley Cabernet and I knew Flora Springs was where I wanted to be.”
One of Margaret’s most memorable experiences at Flora Springs was planning Flora Komes’ 100th birthday celebration in 2011. “I looked up to Flora so much; she always had a smile for me. It was an honor to create an occasion befitting her warm, generous and gracious spirit.”
Contact Margaret to plan your next tour and/or next grand event at The Estate! Send Margaret an email.
Manager of Winery Relations at The Estate
Scott Johnson first came to Flora Springs as a customer. He was helping his sister celebrate her 30th birthday, and the last stop of the day was Flora Springs. “No one in our group had been to the winery before and we had an absolute blast,” says Scott. “I stayed in contact with the folks I met, and a few months later I was able to parlay that into a full time job at the Estate!”
Scott is a Napa native who grew up working in the valley’s vineyards and wineries to earn extra pocket money. He had a neighbor who was a home winemaker, and helping him crush grapes in his backyard is one of Scott’s most profound memories. Although he studied physical therapy in school and finished 1000 hours of clinical therapy, Scott came to realize that he was more drawn to the wine industry, and to sharing the story of Napa Valley. “I’m really proud of where I’m from.” His PT training does have an upside though. “My background in organic chemistry and microbiology comes in handy when technical questions about winemaking come my way.”
At Flora Springs Estate, where he says he’s “as much a fan as an employee,” Scott can be found hosting VIP groups, acting as ambassador to Preferred Palates club members, and representing Flora Springs with outside organizations such as Napa Valley Vintners, Appellation St. Helena, Family Winemakers of California and the Rutherford Dust Society. “I love the story of the Komes-Garvey family,” he says. “It aligns with the values I learned as a kid and the love I have for this valley.”
An alumnus of California State San Marcos, Scott lives in Napa.