Napa wines with a New Orleans spirit. Laissez le bon temps rouler!
Second Line Wines
Why Second Line Wines?
Making great wines in Napa has been a long time dream of ours and now it is finally realized in Second Line Wines. We make Napa wines with a New Orleans spirit.
So what is a Second Line? Simply put, in a New Orleans street parade, whether it be for the occasion of a funeral or a celebration, the group leading the parade and the brass band that accompanies them are considered the parade's "Main Line." The large group of revelers and onlookers who invariably follow along behind, enjoying the music and the social scene, are the "Second Line." Handkerchiefs and parasols are waving in the air. A brass band is blaring out classic New Orleans tunes, and people in colorful suits are waving feathered fans and dancing. The entire neighborhood is standing on porches, cheering along the foot parade, joining in and singing along as the stream of people weaves up and down the side streets.
We chose this name to honor the culture, history, and traditions of the city we love. We hope that you will enjoy the fruits of our labors.
After careers in the US Navy and business Chris had a long time dream of moving to Napa and getting into the wine business. Upon completing the Winemaker Certificate Program from UC Davis Extension, Chris moved to Napa and started his winemaking journey working at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. With a harvest worth of experience under his belt, Chris went looking for his next job and had the luck of being introduced to Mike Hirby of Relic Wine Cellars. With Mike's guidance and connections with growers, Chris was able to purchase a small lot of grapes in 2017 and launch Second Line Wines, fulfilling the dream. Since getting into distribution in Louisiana in 2020 the company has been on a steady growth path.
Patrice "TC" Whelan
TC has always had a love for wine, and when Chris proposed a move to Napa, she thought it was a stellar idea. She was fortunate enough to continue working for her east coast firm while starting a life in Napa. Together they have followed their dreams to start Second Line Wines, producing Napa wines with the New Orleans spirit.
Heavenly Vineyard Consultant
Rainbow Bridge Guardian
Dora and Dexter have now passed over the rainbow bridge, but we know they are still watching out for us and the success of our winery from the great beyond.