Shuling was born and raised in a small village in China, where her Grandfather was famous and popular for making the best rice wine in the village. At the age of 20, thanks to great success in a family manufacturing business, Shuling was able to travel the world to explore, experience different cultures, and gather knowledge and life experience. Shuling met Brad in Washington, D.C. in 2010, and in 2012 they had their beautiful wedding at V. Sattui winery in Napa, CA. Currently she resides in cozy Grand Rapids, MI with her beloved family and friends.
In 2018, Shuling’s Grandfather passed away with his dream of making his beloved granddaughter a great rice wine maker unfulfilled. Reminded by what her Grandpa used to say – “A sip of a great wine can warm up the soul when it is cold outside,” Shuling decided to turn her wine making hobby into her life passion. From appreciating deliciously juicy grapes to the enjoyment of a beautiful glass of wine on the table, every step of the winemaking process makes her heart warm.
During her free time, Shuling loves spending time with her family and friends, watching a good movie, going on family nature hikes, rock climbing, having a good workout at the gym, and going on wine tours around the world.
Bradley Allen Bloye
Brad was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, where he currently resides with his wife Shuling and 4-yr old son, Alex. Brad attended the US Naval Academy, where he majored in Political Science and selected Aviation as his Navy profession. Brad enjoyed flying various Navy jets around the world including the F-14D Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet, and F-5E Tiger. At the Pentagon, Brad managed Aviation readiness budgets and then retired from active duty in 2012. After retiring, Brad worked as a Senior Analyst in data science, while also pursuing his interest in investing and technical analysis of financial markets.
In 2018 Brad joined Shuling in the startup of their family business with the dream to make a difference to the community through the creation of high quality and delicious wines.
The Wine Foundry
The Wine Foundry is one of the top custom-crush wineries in Napa, California. The founder and visionary of The Wine Foundry, Philip Von Burg, took over leadership of the winery in 2012. With his elite hard-working team, they built one of the most effective and high quality wine making facilities in Napa. The Wine Foundry has the most advanced winery equipment and makes use of cutting-edge wine making technology to assist the team in making great wines. In 2018, Brad and Shuling approached The Wine Foundry team with their desire to produce high calibre wines, and with the support of Philips’s elite team, began creating amazing wines for the Million Dollar Wine Club.
The Magic Winemaker: Patrick
In 1996, Patrick Saboe was reshaping the Charleston, SC restaurant scene at nationally lauded Slightly North of Broad, when a honeymoon to California’s wine country changed his life. What began as an excuse to celebrate nuptials transformed into a journey in pursuit of the perfect fermentation. Towards this end, Patrick traded kitchen tools for winemaking textbooks by enrolling in the Enology & Viticulture program at U.C. Davis.
While attending U.C. Davis, Patrick worked at Robert Sinskey Vineyards and assisted Dr. Andy Walker in the Pierce’s Disease Resistance Rootstock Breeding Program. Upon graduation, he became Harvest Enologist for Hanna Winery before becoming the Assistant Winemaker at Keller Estate. Here, Patrick gained valuable experience working closely with renowned winemaker Michael McNeill (Hanzell) to produce multiple award-winning wines.
In 2006, he became Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Petroni Vineyards as well as Consulting Winemaker for Verismo Wines. In 2008, Patrick accepted the Director of Winemaking position at Pezzi King Vineyards. These experiences were a perfect fit for his next ventures as Winemaker for Crushpad and Director of Winemaking at The Wine Foundry.
Patrick’s winemaking philosophy is simple: exceptional wines are made from exceptional fruit with exceptional care. Consequently, he collaborates closely with the numerous growers who partner with The Wine Foundry, ensuring that quality is paramount.
When not treating each client’s wine barrels as his own, Patrick spends time with his wife Dawn and three children Maddy, Claire and Jackson in Petaluma, CA.