Former Genentech Treasurer tells how his passion for art and wine meets the marketplace
BMWorldwide–San Francisco–Thomas T. Thomas saw his 20 year dream of creating high quality wines run right into a global pandemic in 2020 like 70 percent of Black employer businesses that lost sales as the illness spread globally. But this summer, he’s being featured in Wine Enthusiast with wines rated among the top five percent in the world. He described buying land in the Anderson Valley of Mendecino in 2003 that was completely barren; planting grapes in 2008 and producing his own wine for the first time in 2017. But visitors to thomastthomasvineyard.com will be satisfied with the result. Thomas is also returning to his original expertise as chief financial officer of a startup biotech company. He had spent 12 years with Genentech, rising to corporate treasurer. The other interest he has pursued is art, exhibiting in major galleries and designing his own bottle art.