Originally from Montréal, Québec, Côme made his way to California as a technology entrepreneur. His ventures started in Africa where he pioneered mobile telecom services, to silicon valley in the smartphone, venture capital and intellectual property spaces. He grew up with a large extended family, with 10 generations going back to 1690 involved in agriculture in Canada. His grandfather farmed an apple orchard that eventually became Quebec’s pioneering ice wine vineyard, l’Orpailleur. A passion for wines brought him to explore the special Amador County region and eventually secure a place of his own with a vineyard in the premiere California Shenandoah Valley AVA. The very first year, after making a barrel of Primitivo in the garage under the watchful eye of an expert winemaker, it sparked a new passion to make great wines from this exceptional terroir. Nearly a decade later, mentored by several winemakers and extension classes at UC Davis, he has expanded la mesa’s vineyards by planting new varietals, embraced the art and science of viticulture and artisan winemaking and the business of growing la mesa for you to enjoy.
Winemaker Antonia de Heinrich
Antonia de Heinrich is la mesa’s consulting winemaker. Antonia has spent the past two decades working in top wineries around the world – Chateau Montelena, Kim Crawford, Hogue, Ravenswood and Banshee. She completed her Certificate in Winemaking from UC Davis and Bachelor of Business Administration at University of Business and Economics, Vienna, Austria. Her appreciation for wine began in Spain and evolved during wine immersion courses at the New York French Culinary Institute. At Ravenswood as winemaker, Antonia was responsible for cellar and day-to-day operations, sourcing and blending for all wines. It was through Ravenswood that Antonia discovered the high quality vineyards and fruit Amador County has to offer. Her sense that Amador wine country is on the brink of something exciting, led her to take the plunge and relocate to the area to build her winemaking consulting business and enjoy the great outdoors of the Sierras.
Marketing Director Charlene Li
Ever encouraging and supportive spouse Charlene Li helps guide the la mesa business strategy and manages our digital marketing and customer engagement. She also hosts events and grabs a pitchfork at crush time. Charlene is an expert on digital transformation and disruptive growth strategies and is the author of six critically acclaimed books, including her most recent, The Disruption Mindset, and the New York Times bestseller Open Leadership. A sought-after international speaker, Charlene was named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company.