My other career is designing landscapes that invite children and adults to experience the beauty of nature. I also do some ecological restoration projects both in the Pacific Northwest and in my native Chile with my husband Liam. In this work I am guided by the natural history of birds and insects as well as our own stories. For us, these winemakers are part of the connection between the agrarian landscape and great food. As with the many farmers and cooks among our family and friends, we are tremendously inspired by the attention and skill with which they grow, harvest and develop these wines, and the stories of how they came to this endeavor.
Liam Stacey (assistant at large, i.e. husband to Francisca) grew up in the Northwest and has “done biology” in many parts of the world from ants to elephants. When he is not surveying populations of slug-eating beetles or helping raise their young daughter, he assists in this business of tasting the best wines of Chile and mostly negotiating mountains of paperwork.