A California native, growing up in Marin County, Alan began his studies as a student in Art History at the College of Marin, then continued on at St Johns in Minnesota. Surrounding his artistic life as a ceramicist and sculptor, Alan has always had an intense interest in food, wine, building, design, horticulture and landscaping.
Beginning in 1982, Alan for twenty years played an integral role in the genesis and development of the Peter Michael Winery estate and vineyard program, designing, building and managing the property. He also used his many talents as Artistic Director of a non-profit organization raising money for the performing arts.
It was in 2001 that Alan and Robbie set out to grow and develop the Peirson Meyer wines. For 20 years Alan was integral to grape growing, wine program development, and marketing for the brand.