Bio - Laina Brown
Co-Owner - President
Laina Brown has always found joy seeking the beauty of balance through aesthetics, and in life. She was born and raised in Alaska where she attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage and later moved to Westwood, California to attend design school.
Laina spent the next 10 years in the fashion industry working as a designer and running three successful clothing companies of her own. Moving to the Napa Valley in 1997 to raise a family, she found it too difficult to be present yet continue her business remotely in Los Angeles. She decided to set out to get a job in the “local industry.” She took a position as Marketing Director with Intervine, Inc., a wine importer and distributor. Six months later she was teaching a 4 hour wine appreciation class. Needless to say, she was hooked.
Laina delved further into the industry as a Wine Buyer for Wine.com. When the company closed in 2000, Laina joined Domaine Carneros by Taittinger as Marketing Director and Director of Hospitality to help them develop their direct-to-consumer business. It was here that she met Elaine St. Clair who was the Co- Winemaker. When the winery changed ownership in 2006, Laina left Domaine Carneros to help launch Black Stallion Winery.
As the President of Exclusive Estates Wine Group, Laina ran Black Stallion Winery and Global Custom Wine, a 64,000 sf custom barrel storage facility in downtown Napa, and was developing a second winery for the group before it sold. At Black Stallion Winery, she developed the unique business model that was exclusively direct-to-consumer. A year in, she asked Elaine St. Clair to join the company as Head Winemaker.
When Black Stallion Winery was sold in 2010, Elaine St. Clair and Laina Brown left to found St. Clair Brown, Napa Valley’s only winery & brewery. Laina brought the culmination of her experience in design, PR, marketing, winery development and operations all together to design the Wine & Beer Garden tasting room and eatery, a 4,500 square foot edible landscape and concept.
The space is the realization of her dream to balance everything she had come to love about life in the Napa Valley in one beautiful and inspiring space.
Two of Laina Brown’s sons work full time for the company. Her son Bren is the Assistant Brewer/Cellar Lead. Her son Cole works in Marketing and in the Tasting Room. Her oldest son, Kyle, is a professional jazz musician in Los Angeles. She lives down the block from the winery & brewery.