About Jess

Jess Lander

Jess Lander has spent the past decade eating and sipping her way through Napa Valley’s wine and culinary mecca. A freelance wine, food, and travel writer, Jess’s work has appeared in publications like Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, The SF Chronicle, Eating Well, Afar, Lonely Planet, Eater SF, and others. She also pens the monthly Leftovers column about the local restaurant scene in the Napa Valley Register. For cookbook updates and recs on the best places to eat, stay, and play in wine country, follow Jess on Instagram at @willwrite4wine.


Alexander Rubin, photographer

Alexander Rubin is the owner of Alexander Rubin Photography, a Napa-based, full-service photography and video studio specializing in food, wine, and luxury events. Alexander’s clients include Oprah, John Legend, Dave Mathews, Fortune 500 companies like NBCUniversal, Apple, and Starbucks, esteemed wineries, and Michelin Star restaurants. He’s a frequent editorial contributor to The Somm Journal and The Tasting Panel Magazine and his work has been featured in recent magazine advertisements for Napa Valley Vintners, Constellation Brands, Wente Vineyard, Kendall-Jackson, and Luna Vineyards.


designthis!, book and website design

designthis! is a 360-degree branding and design studio founded 25 years ago with the goal to provide exceptional design with exceptional service to the Napa community. Today, design this! supports multiple industries and every aspect of strategic design and branding from marketing strategy and identity to product photography, digital campaigns, and packaging inserts.

Desmond Echavarrie

Desmond Echavarrie, Master Sommelier

Desmond “Des” Echavarrie founded Scale Wine Group in 2016 with a vision to represent a portfolio of small, dynamic wine producers on a national scale. Before starting Scale Wine Group, Des was the director of sales for Realm Cellars and prior to that, a senior wine advisor at Soutirage, helping clients build some of the world’s greatest wine collections. Earlier in his career, he served as a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. During his tenure at the restaurant, Des achieved the title of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012. Des led the effort to select wine pairings for each dish in The Essential Napa Valley Cookbook.

Deirdre Bourdet

Deirdre is a natural-born glutton and recovering attorney who now specializes in writing and culinary consulting for the wine, food, and travel industries through her company Hedonism Ink. She moved to Napa originally to practice wine law — the obvious choice for any lawyer with a French culinary degree — but soon realized wine drinking was far more enjoyable. Deirdre left the law to become a wine country copywriter, editor, recipe developer, and secret weapon.

Feed Napa Now

About FNN

This cookbook was created in partnership with Feed Napa Now, a coalition of Napa chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, and community members coming together with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley and the support of donors. Twenty-five percent of proceeds of The Essential Napa Valley Cookbook will support the efforts of Feed Napa Now to cook and provide meals to the growing number of Napa County children and families who are going hungry due to the impact of disasters (most recently the COVID-19 pandemic). Feed Napa Now also allows the restaurant community to continue to do what culinary professionals do best: feed people.