Paradigm Winery, Oakville, Napa Valley
Paradigm Winery, Oakville, Napa Valley
   

marilyn and ren harris Marilyn and Ren Harris founded Paradigm Vineyards in 1976. Since that time they have grown fruit for many of Napa Valley's most outstanding wineries. They began bottling small quantities of estate wine in 1991. Throughout their ownership of Paradigm, Ren and Marilyn have been tireless advocates for the Oakville appellation, eco-friendly farming, and environmental stewardship.




Heidi Peterson Barrett has been winemaker at Paradigm since its first vintage in 1991. A Napa Valley native and a graduate of U. C. Davis, Heidi is the winemaker for some of Napa Valley's most highly-regarded wineries. Heidi's philosophy in making wines for Paradigm is simple: she feels that she is working with an extraordinary vineyard site that has been farmed impeccably for years. She lets the fruit from this vineyard express its quality and unique terroir with minimal intervention. Heidi and her husband, Bo, have two daughters.
Heidi Peterson Barrett

Molly Lippit



Mark Fasi’s
winemaking career began after working the 1983 harvest for Beringer shoveling tanks on the grave yard shift. One tank after another, shoveling pomace all through the night, the sun set and then rose. Two years later, Mark moved his family, after attending Humboldt State University, to the Napa Valley to embrace the wine industry.

Mark was first introduced to wine by his paternal grandfather who had immigrated from the island of Sicily at the turn of the 20th century. Mark’s grandmother’s family were vineyard owners, Nero D'Avola wine grapes, as well as citrus fruit and they were also sheep farmers.

Well versed in winemaking and vineyard management Mark’s interest in making wines has always placed importance on the vineyard and all of the subtleties given by the terroir. He has a wealth of experience in organic farming, sustainability, and non-organic wine grape growing in the Napa Valley as well as Alexander Valley, Russian River, Carneros, and in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mark's winemaking approach has always been a "non-invasive", hands-on method. Winemaking is made easy when the majority of your decisions are correctly made in the vineyard.

Mark raises a family here in the Napa Valley. Love for the mountains and the natural world will often lead him deep into those quiet places. He has been known to travel to the Himalaya and India with profound interest in eastern philosophies.

Dianne Dorton joined Paradigm in May of 2012. Born and raised in the valley and family friends with the Harris’s, Paradigm was a perfect fit for Dianne’s return to the Napa Valley after 18 years on the East Coast.  “Working with Ren and Marilyn is a unique experience unlike most of the wineries in the valley.  Such an intimate staff adds variety to our daily routine.  On any given day we could be helping with pumpovers in the cellar, assisting in bottling or playing fetch with Luna our amazing female black lab and official greeter.“   Dianne’s job is ever-changing; as administrative director, currently she is spearheading wine club duties, compliance, staging wine for distribution and loading orders with the forklift as well as day to day financials, monthly reporting, and 401K admin and payroll.  Dianne@paradigmwinery.com

Dianne Dorton


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Fernando Diaz Rodriguez
was born in Morelia Michoacan Mexico in 1976.  He first came to the United States in 1992,  He began working for Ren Harris in the spring of 1994, helping to plant many of the vines that are still producing Paradigm today.  He has been an attentive and dedicated student under our previous Vineyard Manager, John Silva, for the last twelve years.  This spring, John Silva retired after 35 years in Ren’s employment.  Ren gave Fernando the opportunity to take his place, and Fernando, after graciously accepting, is now working hard to keep the vineyards here at Paradigm producing the highest quality fruit as possible.  Fernando lives on the ranch with his wife, Hilda, and son, “Fernandito”.
Sean Crowley came on board as the Director of Sales and Marketing in May 2010. Sean brings a diverse background in both wine sales and the hospitality industry. Sean spent the last three and a half years as the Trade Market Specialist for J Vineyards & Winery and was previously the partner and Director of Sales and Marketing for Acvs wines. He has twenty years of experience as a Sommelier and Wine Director at restaurants such as Stars, Boulevard, Aqua, Campton Place and The Ritz-Carlton, which has helped fuse his great passion of food and wine with his love of people and travel.

Sean is an avid reader, loves sports and actually believes that the Sharks will win the cup one of these years.

sean crowley

Greg Harris

Greg Harris was born and raised in San Francisco. Greg followed his brother to the Napa Valley in 1967 at age 15. He lived with Ren and Marilyn and went to school in St Helena. After working several harvests at local wineries he joined Ren and his other brothers in a Vineyard management company. Following that work Greg lived in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties working in different vineyards and wineries. Greg moved back to the Valley in 2002 and started a Computer Consultant business specializing in Network Administration for small wineries. In 2009 Ren decided to open Paradigm’s tasting room on weekends and brought Greg in to manage the tasting room. In the interest of expanding his wine knowledge Greg has taken several classes at the Culinary Institute of America. When not working you can find Greg in the mountains camping and fly fishing for trout.


Mary Ann Turrentine recently joined the team as our director of hospitality and retail sales.  Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Mary Ann has always had a love for agriculture and the outdoors.  Mary Ann graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agriculture Business. After graduation Mary Ann moved to Cape Town, South Africa where she lived and worked on a family vineyard and olive oil estate. Though wine has always been her passion, she also had the opportunity to work a harvest on a Vidalia onion farm in South Georgia before heading to the west coast to settle in Napa. Throughout college Mary Ann was fortunate to travel to Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand where she was exposed to new world and old world wine industries. With a passion for wine, food, and people Mary Ann is excited to be at Paradigm hosting tours and tastings during the week, and is your direct contact for making winery visit reservations: maryann@paradigmwinery.com

mary ann turrentine
Pedro Martinez and family'
Pedro Martinez
was born in Oaxaca Mexico. He came to the United States in 1991 and shortly after started working for Ren Harris. He was married to Kelly in 1997 and they welcomed their first daughter, Mia, in 1998 and second daughter, Laura, in 2002. Pedro and Kelly will celebrate 15 years of a strong and beautiful marriage this year.

707.944.1683     1277 Dwyer Road, Oakville, CA 94562