Hospitality Team

Hospitality Team

At Round Pond, nothing gives us greater pleasure than sharing our handcrafted artisan creations and our hospitality. Located in the spectacular Rutherford region of the Napa Valley, a visit to our family-owned and operated estate is an exquisite opportunity to explore the rich abundance of one of California’s most famed winegrowing areas. From our intimate and acclaimed olive oil tours to some of the best wine tasting in the Napa Valley, a day spent at Round Pond offers a warm, gracious and informative escape from the every day. We invite you to meet our hand-picked hospitality team.

Liz Mercer, Director of Hospitality

Liz Mercer grew up in the Napa Valley, which instilled a deep respect for the culture and lifestyle of wine and hospitality. She left the area to attend Northwood University in Michigan and graduated with a BA in Banking and Finance. Upon graduation, she returned to the Napa Valley to follow her passion of food and wine. After a brief stint in the Santa Barbara wine country, she will forever call Napa Valley her home. When not at the winery, she enjoys travel, fine dining (and not so fine dining!) and collecting cookbooks.

Christina Blandon, Assistant Tasting Room Manager

Christina Blandon, a Southern California native, moved to Kansas City and studied Business Administration, Finance and Spanish at the University of Kansas. With years of passion in the restaurant business and hospitality, she ventured to the Napa Valley and completed the Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Entering the winery world with a Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine title, she is excited to learn more and more every day! On her time off, she enjoys baking, travelling, concerts and exploring new restaurants – foodie for sure!