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He’s known as a dynamo in Napa, this winemaker from the South who arrived in the valley in the 1990s to fill his life with wine and vines. Thomas Rivers Brown has since worked with more than a dozen wineries and vineyards, including his own Rivers-Marie on the Sonoma Coast. In 2010, Food & Wine magazine named him American winemaker of the year. At 4 Winds, we just happen to love his wine. After a first taste, winery founder Jane Chapin recalls thinking, “I don’t know whose wine this is, but this is the one. It went down like velvet.” The match between the Chapins and Brown would soon be made. For 4 Winds, Brown continues his philosophy of keeping the winemaking process as simple as possible. “Letting the site shine through is what’s important.”