Mitzi and james Batterson
Between Mitzi and James, they have over three decades of experience in the wine industry. They are both alumni from the College of William & Mary and Mitzi continued on to the University of Virginia to complete her PhD in Pharmacology. James' highly discerning palate enables him to create over 15 unique styles of Virginia wine. With Mitzi's specialty in biochemistry, she works closely with her husband in order to produce and promote Virginia wine as a singular entity. As a small, family-owned winery; two young, future vintners, are frequent sights around the Tasting Room.
A native of Charlottesville, Alexander finally transplanted himself to Glen Allen in order to be closer to work and Virginia Commonwealth University, from which he recently graduated. We can thank his Master's Degree in English for our novel-esk wine tasting descriptions that paint you a picture of how the wine will make you feel. He is responsible for everything that happens during regular business hours, and is entrusted with the integrity of the wine after manufacture. Going wherever he is needed, it is not uncommon to find Alexander in odd venues or circumstances.
The longest tenured pourer at James River Cellars, Dennis has seen it all. His wife and he were driving by in the summer of 2001, and stopped in for a wine tasting. Then he never left. Dennis retired from the state, yet occupies his spare time by joking with customers and gauging the quality of James’ work from vintage to vintage. With a background in teaching history, be careful of his tastings – you might learn something!
dave and angela sanders
Our Festival Managers are a husband and wife duo that both use the winery as their "fun" job. While both have full time day jobs, they give their weekends to us as festival experts! If you see a James River Cellars banner at a festival near you, chances are good that Dave and Angela will be behind the bar. If you have a love for local art, Angela stocks our Tasting Room with her hand-painted glasses that you can't miss! She also teaches our wildly popular "Wine Glass Paint Night" on a few select Fridays!
MK Florence studied small business and entrepreneurship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a native of the greater Richmond area. As an animal lover, martial artist, and craft beverage enthusiast (even from before her time with the winery), MK keeps an ear to the ground on local, industry happenings, and has helped to make Richmond “cool," right beneath your nose.
As our Community Outreach Manager, you will probably see this friendly face around some local businesses and neighborhood events. Alex has recently become a Virginia Resident after moving down from upstate New York, where she had a history of pouring for local wineries and breweries.
Bubbly. Welcoming. Patient. Knowledgable.
All these describe our Brandie. If you find yourself across the bar from her, you should count your blessings as you are in for a treat! Starting out as a festival volunteer, mainly with her friends Dave and Angela, Brandie moved into the Tasting Room for a different pace. (And for the air conditioning!)
Glen Stone has decades of horticulture and landscape experience, having worked in numerous positions for James River Grounds Management, our parent company. After his service in the U. S. Marine Corps, Glen was quite finished with desert sand, and took up a career in grass and plants. When our last vineyard manager returned to Europe, Glen shifted his focus and now is tasked with tending to the vineyard.