Eva Chen achieved her success in computer cybersecurity as CEO of Trend Micro Inc. but has always had a passion for hospitality and entertaining. While attending a cousin’s wedding in Calistoga with her eldest son, Peter and fiancé Azumi, they stumbled upon Meadowbrook Farm and immediately fell in love with the property. Soon after, Daniel Chiang, who achieved his success through finance and being one of original cofounders of Sina.com, came to see the property as well and also immediately fell in love.
The family’s original intention was just to simply enjoy the beautiful property, make small batches of wine for friends and family, and continue selling Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to some of the most prominent wineries in the Napa Valley. However, during the very first harvest of the family’s first couple of months in the Napa Valley, the unprecedented North Bay Wildfires threatened the family’s newly acquired property and home. Before we knew it, Meadowbrook Farm was in an evacuation zone with no electricity, cellular communication, or Wi-Fi available. With the fire inching ever closer to the property and no full assurance from wineries that they would still be able to accept the grapes, the family made the decision to take control of the vineyard and launch their own wine brand from scratch. Thus, Kanpai Wines was born.
Although Mom and Dad had plenty of experience in the world of IT, business, and finance, the eldest son Peter was the only one who had had experience in the hospitality industry. Serendipitously, along with his fiancé Azumi, they found themselves in full-on entrepreneurial mode launching a wine brand from scratch.
Kanpai Wines was created in honor of Grandpa and Grandma who grew up in Taiwan during the era of Japanese rule. The simple Japanese words for the brand are in remembrance of our family’s fond memories of our grandparents. Kanpai is simply Japanese for “Cheers!”