Their love of wine brought them together; their love of animals and desire to give back to their community made the vision of Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch a reality.
Monica, a dedicated vegetarian since the young age of 19, knew very early in life that animal rescue would be her life's mission. Fast forward a few decades, and she's even more passionate about protecting, sheltering, and saving animals. She has combined her two greatest passions — fine wine and animal welfare — into one remarkable concept:
Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR).
She blew into the Napa Valley by way of Chicago in 2006, bringing her background in luxury lifestyle public relations and hospitality to the Poetry Inn in Yountville. As fate (and the wine business) would have it, Monica was introduced to the love of her life, David Stevens. In 2009, Monica and David opened a very distinctive retail wine salon — 750 Wines in St. Helena, CA — which specializes in high-end, limited production boutique wineries. They are fortunate to share their love of fine wine and animals with the wine community, as well as the many clients of 750 WINES.
Monica is a rescue mom to two "Gentle Giant" Great Pyrenees dogs, Homer and Jethro, and one St. Bernard, Betsy, as well as a menagerie of foster animals. She's been known to travel outside the state in order to bring an animal into her happy home. The memory of their beloved dog Jameson, an adopted Great Pyrenees who lived to the age of 14, inspires the spirit and mission of JARR, which is named after him.
Co-Founder & Treasurer
David had the good sense to migrate west from the cold winters of Minot, North Dakota, arriving in San Francisco in 1975. After years in the restaurant business, he headed to St. Helena in order to direct the wine program at Tra Vigne and quickly built important bonds with winemakers and vintners. This seamlessly translated into the success of the local business that he and Monica own together, 750 Wines. These relationships blended music with wine when he became a bass player for the beloved Napa Valley rock 'n roll band, WRISTROCKET. He loves to talk about and recommend all kinds of music, and brings his enthusiasm for music, wine, and animal rescue to the WRISTROCKET performance at our annual fundraising event, WineaPAWlooza. David really became an animal lover upon first meeting Jameson, the gentle giant who JARR is named after. He continues to help Monica every day with the walking, clean-up, and caring for their big guys.