April Xie, Owner Ross Road Custom Crush
April Xie comes from a line of wine enthusiasts. Having worked abroad in her families international wine distribution company, April continues her families close relationship with wine by managing the day to day operations at Ross Road Custom Crush.
Lisa Bishop-Forbes, Winemaker
Winemaker Lisa Bishop Forbes is dedicated to creating excellent wines that are flavorful, enjoyable and reflective of their place. Spurred on by an inspirational high school chemistry teacher, Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Enology from Fresno State. She had the great fortune to start her career as enologist at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, learning about top quality winemaking while running the lab and helping run the production department. From there, Lisa joined Chalk Hill Estate in 1995 as assistant winemaker, managing day to day winemaking. A chance for career advancement led Lisa to Dry Creek Vineyard in 2004, first as associate winemaker and ultimately winemaker for the family-owned winery. There she honed her personal winemaking style, showcasing the vineyard and creating elegant wines that are beautifully balanced. In 2010, opportunity knocked again at Chalk Hill, with a move to Director of Winemaking for the estate. Never one to rest on her laurels, Lisa joined Ektimo Vineyards and Ross Road Custom Crush as winemaker in 2015. The chance to use her experience to help the Xie family build their business and make Ektimo a real success drew her to the Russian River Valley winery. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are particular favorites, and the Ektimo wines don’t disappoint. She sees a great future ahead.