The Story
Meet the Team

The Winemaker
Mark Davis

Mark Davis grew up in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. (not exactly wine country). After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in chemical engineering, his love of fermentation science (and boredom at his government job) brought him to California to see what winemaking was really like, outside of a small, home-based hobby he had dabbled with.

Mark and Paddy hanging in the vineyard.
Mark and Paddy hanging in the vineyard.

Mark quickly fell in love with the whole winemaking process: from tasting grapes to check for ripeness, to pumping over tanks, to shoveling out grape skins, and generally getting your hands dirty making great wine. After his first vintage, Mark applied to the world-renowned UC Davis viticulture and enology program. He was accepted and spent two years learning as much as possible about everything having to do with growing grapes and making wine. Mark graduated with high honors in 2010 and also received the honorary department citation for outstanding achievement in viticulture and enology.

Putting the final touches on our first vintage,
the 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

After several vintages across northern California as well as in Australia and South Africa, Mark eventually was given the opportunity to start his own label and in 2012 Cobden Wini Wines was born. As well as handling all the winemaking for the Cobden Wini label, Mark also consults for several small brands throughout California. Mark continues to learn every day and strives to make the best wines possible while still making sure to have fun every step along the way.

Mark doing some punchdowns; Hands-on winemaking at its best!

But there’s more to the Cobden Wini story; Helping Mark with everything at Cobden Wini are his fiancé Megan and their trusty pup, Paddy.

The Real BossMegan Raphael

Megan officially joined the Cobden Wini team in 2020 but really has been assisting us behind-the-scenes since 2017. Although she is originally from Kentucky (she’s a Kentucky Colonel no less), New York City is really where she calls home. After attending college at The University of Miami (Go Canes!) where she earned degrees in Public Relations, International Business, and Marketing, Megan moved to New York City where she immersed herself in arguably the greatest culinary scene in the world. Serving as the publicist for some of the country’s top celebrity chefs and most famous restaurants, she quickly fell in love with everything food and wine related. This led her to completing a Restaurant Business Management degree from the Institute of Culinary Education, a Hospitality Management degree from New York University, and in 2012 she started her own Restaurant Consulting business. Following her incredible success in NYC, Megan took her consulting business bi-coastal and eventually relocated to Napa full time and began working with a number of boutique wineries, helping them grow their businesses. Through that work she met Mark and Paddy and the rest is history!

Megan Raphael - The Real Boss
The real boss rocking some Cobden Wini merch

The Wine DogPaddy

Paddy was found as a stray puppy in 2013 on St. Patrick’s Day (hence the name ;). Sadly, he was diagnosed as having Parvovirus; a canine disease that can be particularly lethal for puppies. Luckily for us, he was found in time by Yolo County animal services, treated, and survived. Soon after, Paddy was in his forever home in Napa with Mark. Since then, Paddy has been hanging out in the vineyard, chewing tennis balls on the crush pad (occasionally stealing grapes during harvest), and overseeing each Cobden Wini vintage to ensure the utmost quality of the wine. Paddy seems to be slowly transitioning to his new career as model and social influencer (@paddythepittie). You can find him in multiple additions of the famous Wine Dogs books and as their 2022 calendar cover star.

Paddy – The Wine Dog
Paddy loves a good Pinot
Paddy – The Wine Dog
Paddy working hard on a cold morning processing fruit.