In 2004, Chris moved to Seattle to study wine and work at the legendary Canlis Restaurant. At a sommelier tasting group, he met Master Sommelier Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars, who invited Chris to work harvest in Walla Walla. A couple years in, he was encouraged to make a few barrels of his own Syrah and tuck them away in a corner of the cellar, in exchange for his prolific forklift skills and willingness to scrub fermentation tanks.
An offer to run the wine program at Wolfgang Puck's flagship Spago in Beverly Hills prompted a move to Los Angeles, and winemaking in Santa Barbara. Working under local legends Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton at Brewer-Clifton in Sta. Rita Hills, the obsession with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir took hold. In his day job as the buyer for one of the country's most prominent wine programs, and host to massive weekly wine collectors’ tastings, Chris had the unique opportunity to taste through the great wines of the world, particularly Burgundy and California.
Years later at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, Chris met one of the greatest people he has ever known - Peter Figge, owner and winemaker at Figge Cellars in Marina, California. Peter was fortunate to grow up in a wine-loving family and had a clear focus from a young age. After college, a few internships preceded his UC Davis master's degree, leading to stints in Napa and then Monterey. Peter eventually started his own consultancy, developing premium vineyard sites for clients, and his own wine label and custom crush facility in Marina. Together, they explored the top vineyard sites in Monterey, and considered how much potential had yet to be realized in this perfect winemaking landscape.
In 2014, Seabold Cellars was born.