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Mar 13, 2024

Friends of America Evening with Frog’s Leap Winery Founder John Williams

On April 26, AmCham “Friends of America” gathered in the AmCham Loft to hear John Williams, owner and founder of Frog’s Leap Winery, share his inspiring winemaking journey.

Williams, who arrived in Napa Valley with forty dollars in his pocket on a Greyhound Bus in 1975, recounted his humble beginnings and the evolution of his winery. Balancing his days and nights immersed in wine culture, he pursued a Master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology at U.C. In 1982, he and his partners released their first Sauvignon Blanc, marking the beginning of Frog’s Leap Winery. What began as a passion project blossomed into a sustainable global wine business, inspiring others in the industry.

We want to make wines that adhere to three basic principles–balance, restraint and respect for terroir. I believe these characteristics are the indisputable product of the vine itself and are an expression of the deep connection to the soil and environment in which it lives.

Following his talk, guests gathered at Restaurant Ambassaden & Konsulatet for a wine pairing dinner and great conversations.

Learn more about Frog’s Leap Winery here.