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Essere Franco | Verismo Wines


Meet the Team

Meg Shea-Chiles - General Manager

Meg followed her passion after 20+ years as a global executive in high tech and transitioned to the Wine Industry bringing with her a proven track record of success in both defining strategy and execution of sales and marketing in Fortune 500 companies (i.e. Salesforce, H.P., IBM, Thomson-Reuters) and in 2,000 to 11,000 case production wineries resulting in significant growth of business. She has worked with a number of ultra premium wineries including Kitchak Cellars, Ilsley Vineyards, Sciandri Vineyards,  Rarecat Wines, Krupp Brothers, ADAMVS, Mi Sueño, O’Brien Estate, Hope and Grace and BV. 

Meg likes to say that working at Essere Franco is the perfect marriage of her love of business and wine!! She holds a M.S. in Chemistry from SMU in Dallas, a B.S. in Biology from Boston College, WSET Level 2 Certification with Merit, and is enrolled in the Professional winemaking program at University of California at Davis. She loves helping out the production crew whenever she gets a chance. 

In her free time,  Meg works on her Italian and spends time with her husband of 30 years, her beautiful well travelled daughters and son-in-law, and her grand-puppies.

Sharon Bishop – Director of Operations and Marketing

Sharon holds 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Sharon began her career working at various hotels throughout the Valley before transitioning into wineries. Her experience includes daily operations, wine club, as well as e-commerce marketing for small ultra-premium wineries. Prior to joining the Essere Franco team, Sharon was the Operations Manager at Bryant Family Vineyard and worked as Wine Club Manager at Truchard Vineyards as well as O’Brien Estate.

Sharon Bishop holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing from Sonoma State University. Sharon also earned her WSET level two certificate and continues to pursue her education in the wine industry.

As a Napa native, her love for the Valley has grown throughout the years and enjoys sharing this special place with visitors from around the world. In her spare time Sharon enjoys spending time with her daughter as well as following her passion for photography and music.