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.
Wine Club Director
With a special occasion dinner only a week away, you go over your final list: menu and recipes – check; fine china – check; linens and silverware – check. All looks good until you realize you are out of Trilogy. Quickly, you dial the toll-free number at Flora Springs and feel immensely relieved to hear the familiar voice of Kenny Werle, the winery’s wine club director.
Born in St. Helena in the heart of wine country, Kenny is proud to be a native “Napkin.” In fact, his family’s Napa Valley history dates back over a century to the 1880’s, when his relatives arrived here from Germany. After graduating from St. Helena High School in 1989, Kenny attended Humboldt State University where he majored in Forestry before earning a degree in Business and Marketing. He went on to work in hospitality industry before joining Flora Springs in 2003.
As Wine Club Director, Kenny enjoys planning and hosting wine club pick-up parties and spending time with club members at events such as baseball and basketball games. “I’ve made a great many friends over the years in this job,” he says. “I love connecting with our club members on the phone or in person.” At the Trilogy Release Party, Kenny is always the one with the longest line waiting to greet him. We’re not sure whether it’s because he always pours the library wines, or simply because everyone loves him!
Outside of work, Kenny enjoys travelling and hiking, especially in the back country of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Contact Kenny anytime, he has all the answers! Send Kenny 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.
National Sales Director
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Joseph’s passion for wine was stoked when he visited his parents who lived in the Piemonte region of Italy. “I’d always been interested in the romance and history of wine, but in Italy, where wine was integral to the lifestyle, my fascination deepened.” After settling in San Francisco with its world class restaurants and proximity to Napa and Sonoma, pursuing a career in the wine business seemed a natural choice.
Prior to joining Flora Springs Joseph spent 22 years with a major distributor in California and several years in sales positions at prominent Napa Valley wineries. As Flora Springs’ National Sales Director, Joseph is excited to work with our regional managers and distributor partners across the U.S. “To be able to do something you love and be part of a team that you respect and enjoy is truly a gift.”
In his spare time Joseph enjoys running surfing, mountain biking and writing. He recently completed his first novel. He lives in Napa with his wife and their three children. For years Joseph volunteered as a firefighter with the Napa County Fire Department but travel commitments and attending his children’s sports games are now the priority.