Louis Kapcsándy, Jr.
Louis was born in Marin County, CA and raised in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics (’94), and was a member of the UW varsity football team from '89-'91. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Santa Monica (’97-’00), and was primarily employed as a sound engineer for a prominent Feature-Film post-production company.
He embarked upon his wine career in 1999 when he co-founded Grand Cru Imports, an import company specializing in Bordeaux Cru Classe and Petits Chateaux. In March, 2000, Louis moved to Bordeaux to work with the highly respected Negociant firm, S.A. JOANNE to learn the intricacies of the Place de Bordeaux (network of Chateaux owners, agents and merchants). During his tenure at JOANNE, he regularly visited over 100 chateaux throughout Medoc and Libourne to learn fermentation methods. During that summer and through the resulting harvest, he apprenticed exclusively for Jean Luc & Murielle Thunevin of Ch. Valandraud (St. Emilion). He also spent countless hours in the company of Michel Rolland, Alain Vauthier (Ch. Ausone) and Peter Sisseck (Pingus, Ribera del Duero).
From 1999-2009, Louis ran national sales and acquistions for Grand Cru Imports. Today, he is largely in charge of the day-to-day operations for both Kapcsandy Family Wines and Grand Cru Imports.