Rock and Clay Wines
Rock and Clay Wines was created to produce small batches of wines from unique and exceptional grape sources, including our own Namesake Vineyard chardonnay. Wine is a shared passion and central part of our lives. Carol is a writer and former owner of a wine shop and wine importing company in Seattle. Kent earned a degree in enology from UC Davis in 1985, and promptly went to work for Genentech. Kent continues to work the biotechnology field. We made wine in our garage for many years before starting Rock and Clay Wines.
Meet the Winemaker
In 1996, Patrick Saboe was reshaping the Charleston, SC restaurant scene at nationally lauded Slightly North of Broad, when a honeymoon to California’s wine country changed his life. Patrick traded server tools for winemaking textbooks by enrolling in the Enology & Viticulture program at U.C. Davis.
While attending U.C. Davis, Patrick worked at Robert Sinskey Vineyards and assisted Dr. Andy Walker in the Pierce’s Disease Resistance Rootstock Breeding Program. Upon graduation, he became Harvest Enologist for Hanna Winery before becoming the Assistant Winemaker at Keller Estate. Here, Patrick gained valuable experience working closely with renowned winemaker, Michael McNeill (Hanzell), to produce multiple award-winning wines. In 2006, he became Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Petroni Vineyards as well as then began to thrive as Consulting Winemaker for numerous ultra-premium brands in Napa and Sonoma, until he was placed as the Director of Winemaking at The Wine Foundry since 2012 and currently Foundry Wines and our sister brand, Anarchist Wine Co.
Patrick’s winemaking philosophy is simple: exceptional wines are made from exceptional fruit with exceptional care. Consequently, he collaborates closely with the numerous growers who partner with Foundry, assuring that quality is paramount. When not tending to the Foundry wines, Patrick spends time with his wife Dawn and three children Maddy, Claire and Jackson in Petaluma.