Shari and Garen purchased their 64-acre ranch in heart of the Rutherford Bench, in Napa Valley, California in December 1985 with their children, Brandon and Shannon. Their property has been proclaimed by Robert Parker as “the elite vineyard” in Rutherford, Napa Valley. Farmed as certified organic vineyard, they produce estate wines known for their elegance, finesse and intensity. In the last 10 years, their charitable wine auction lots and leadership of wine events have generated over $29 million in proceeds, more for charity than any other vintner from any vineyard in the world.
For more than 40 years, Shari and Garen Staglin have dedicated themselves to giving back to people less fortunate and causes they support. Their focus on brain health research, resulting from their son Brandon’s early onset of schizophrenia in 1990, have earned them the reputation as the “first family” of philanthropy for brain health. The motto of their winery, Staglin Family Vineyard is “great wine for great causes” and through their operation of Staglin Family Vineyard and their leadership and support of various charitable causes, they have indeed lived up to that philosophy. In the last 30 years, causes they have chaired or donations from their wines have generated more than $ 855 million not including their current efforts as Co-Chairman of the UCLA Centennial Campaign, with $1.7 Billion raised to date.
For the last 21 years they have hosted a Music Festival for Brain Health at their property(www.music-festival.org). Their annual event, includes an afternoon concert for 400 (past year’s performers have included Tim McGraw, Jewel, Brian Wilson, Gladys Knight, the Pointer Sisters and Roberta Flack), and an evening gourmet dinner for 200 by a celebrity chef, with wines donated and poured by many of the nation’s best wineries.
Shari was a leader in health care management and recruiting for many years before becoming CEO of Staglin Family Vineyard. Daughter, Shannon now serves as President and son, Brandon as Director of Communications. Garen has been an active venture capital and private equity investor for the last 35 years and currently serves on several public and private company boards and as an advisor to two private equity firms. Shari and Garen met on a blind date at UCLA and recently celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary.
Shari holds a BA from UCLA and an MPA from NYU. Garen holds a BS from UCLA and an MBA from Stanford University.