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!
MK 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.
Alexis is a one-of-a-kind person that always hustles to get things done. A graduate from Old Dominion University, she studied Communication and has become our expert networker, conversation starter, and morning pep talk giver (after her coffee of course). She always goes the extra mile to solve a problem or make someone's day.
As a new addition to the Richmond area, Samantha was quick to jump into learning the best local spots in town. With a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, from Longwood University, Sam focuses on making life truly great! Whether it is perfectly timed finger guns or an "out of the ordinary" wine tasting experience, she is always focused on customer service.
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.