EP17: Philippe Langner decided to start his own wine brand in the true West despite his peripatetic life in Central America, South Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe. In homage to the Garden of the Hesperides, Hesperian’s vineyard, at 1,400-foot elevation overlooking the valley from atop Napa’s Atlas Peak, Langner’s Hesperian — “One of the West” – was founded in 2004. A true vigneron, Philippe holds two masters degrees from U.C. Davis and oversees all aspects of farming his mountain vineyard. He joins host Marcia Macomber on the show at Napa’s Kitchen Collective, where monthly salons are held with fans of HesperianWines.com. Tune in as they taste through Philippe’s Cabernet Sauvignons and discuss his career and life trajectory to Napa Valley, as well as his life-long love of all things that grow. He insists, “I work harder in the vineyard so that my winemaking can be as simple as possible.”